Hully Pod Maintenance

Welcome to the Hully family! We love seeing pictures of Hully Pods being enjoyed and hearing about how you use your Pod.

We want you to love your Hully Pod. Here are a few tips on maintaining your Hully Pod so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.

We deliver your Hully Pod with the woodwork untreated to allow you the creative freedom to paint the woodwork as you require, both for creative freedom and your use of your Pod.

The exterior wood requires treatment to help preserve it. We recommend you ensure the whole of the exterior wood is treated as soon as possible after receiving your Pod and this is maintained regularly for the future. As with all exterior wood, we recommend this is performed on an annual basis however you may wish to consider more frequent treatment if your pod is situated in a particularly harsh environment such as close to the coast. 

We recommend UV protection oils for the exterior wood and Osmo decking products for any decking.

If your pod has a wooden door, appropriate treatment includes all edges, top and bottom and both inside and outside of the door to protect the wood and keep the door in good condition.

Treating the woodwork of your Hully regularly will ensure your Pod remains in tip-top condition.

All the locks will require an annual treatment with oil. We recommend a 3-in-1 oil or WD40.

All you need to clean the outside shell of your Pod is some good old soapy water! Any exterior decking should also be cleaned with washing-up liquid in warm water. 

If the shell of your Hully Pod gets scratched then some T Cut scratch oil (as you might use for a car) should do the trick.

The flooring used inside Hully Pods is domestic grade vinyl to ensure optimum comfort. You should only use domestic floor cleaning products – don’t use chemicals!

To protect the flooring from any damage from furniture or casters and so on we recommend using a mat or similar product designed to help preserve the condition of flooring.

You should avoid condensation forming by keeping your Pod adequately ventilated.

If you have a window, this can be opened or locked in a ‘just open’ position to aid ventilation.

In the colder months, when the shell of the Pod gets cold, and especially if a warm, damp atmosphere has developed during the use of the Pod, condensation can form on the inside of the fibreglass shell and transfer to the wood lining. As a natural material, wood, as well as soft furnishings or other similar items, if left in a damp atmosphere can provide a place for mould to grow.

You’ll see a line of stainless steel bolts or rivets where the sides of your Pod are fixed to the base; the space between these bolts provides some ventilation. We recommend you leave these bolts free of obstructions so that air has the opportunity to circulate.

For your own health and to reduce the risk of condensation, we recommend that you maintain adequate ventilation whilst using your pod and change the air regularly.

How often will depend upon your use of the Pod. Hully Pods are insulated, but if you do wish to add extra heating we recommend using a dry electric heat source, like an electric radiator rather than gas, to reduce the production of water vapour and the risk of condensation.

Bear in mind that the curved walls of the Pod will support pictures but not shelving.

The back and front walls will support shelves, but only on the batten lines. Look for the pins when screwing into any surface to find the strongest point and use this screw guide to help you:

  • Front wall: use screws no bigger than 30mm
  • Back Wall: use screws no bigger than 30mm
  • Curved wall: use screws no bigger than 19mm

Between the cladding and the outer skin on the rear wall, there is a cavity of approx. 35mm. Therefore, you could use a butterfly-type screw or hollow wall anchor, the type used on plasterboard, which will expand behind the cladding when tightened and gives a more secure fixing.

Please remember though, that the cladding is only held onto the ribs and frames by 20mm pins and we would be very cautious about putting up heavy objects, such as heavy books on shelves.

Levelling the base

If the door of your Pod isn’t closing properly then it is possible that the Pod is not completely level. This can be checked using a spirit level on th efloor at different positions. Try supporting the corners and middle of the Pod by using a lever to put blocks underneath the Pod. Please note that this is a two-person job! 

Adjusting the door

Sometimes the door may need adjustment – this could be due to it dropping a little in the frame, rotating within the frame or maybe the shoot-bot latches may need adjustment. In the videos below Jody explains how, with a couple of simple tools, you can make these adjustments.

Instructional Videos

How to fix a dropped door
Adjusting door tilt
Adjusting the lock mechanism

If you have any questions about Pod maintenance that we haven’t covered here you can chat with us using the button on the right of the page or call us on 023 8254 6400.