Early this year I stuffed my knee, which has meant that I can't roll in our in-ground enclosed pool cover without causing grief. You essentially stand up and wind a handle, which puts sideways pressure on the knees when winding.
I've contacted the pool cover/enclosure company and they don't appear to be willing to help. They will not create an adapter for me to use a drill with it, mentioning the drill bit might slip out and cause injury. I can't see how that can happen, but fair enough if they want to avoid any legal responsibility.
I then asked them whether they would be willing to sell me another handle, or even just the end bit of the handle so I can create my own. No response. I think they are reluctant to because they now sell rollers that are automated, but for me to go down that path would be super expensive. Kind of disappointing considering I've spent thousands with them in the past.
That leads me to try to get one made up.
This is what the gear mechanism looks like looking down on it, plus the handle with the end facing you that fits into the gear:
Here's the end of the handle:
I don't really want to destroy my existing handle, but I need to get something like that end bit and weld it onto something like this socket extension:
I have three questions:
1. Where could I go to get that end bit fabricated?
2. Do you think I might be able to find a piece of stainless tube and cut a groove in it just use that instead of #1 above?
3. Where could I go to get it welded onto the socket extension bar?
Any other suggested solutions would be welcome.