I've done multiple searches and couldn't find any information to answer my question so I'm hoping someone here can offer some advice.
So I bought The Ultimate Winter Pool Cover for use this year on my 27' round AGP because I read several good reviews of the cover from users on this forum. I haven't lowered my water level or winterized my pool yet because I'm waiting for my water temp to drop first. I went ahead and installed the cover, however, because I wanted to install the brackets, try out the cover before it got colder and use it as a leaf guard.
The install went fine except I can't seem to get the cover tight. Everyone mentioned, and the instructions imply, that it should be pretty tight like a drum, but I can't seem to get it that tight. Right now the cover is sagging into the water in the middle and I have to keep the straps fairly tight to keep it there. My second issue is that I've noticed a gap between the walls and the dirt now which has me worried the cover is putting too much strain on the walls and it isn't even tight yet.
So to summarize, my two questions are;
1) how do I get my cover tight?
2) have you noticed excessive stress on your pool walls when the cover is installed properly or is the stress I'm seeing normal/due to an improper install?
I'm wondering if maybe the cover is clinging to the water which is adding the additional weight/stress which is preventing me from getting it tight? Any thoughts, suggestions or opinions are welcome!
Thanks so much,