I have been reading through the whole process and all I can say is thank you for documenting everything and to all the people that have posted all the help. I too am a first-timer with no clue and the advice on all the forums, expecially this one, has helped a lot.
I do have a question for all those that have knowledge on this situation. Is it normal to have your pool look like this at the beginning of the season? I live in Michigan, have a similar size pool with the same mesh type cover and have struggled for 3 years now when it comes to opening our pool. It gets frustrating to fight the same things year after year. Am I doing something wrong, or is this the tradeoff that I am paying for the security of the mesh cover? It almost seems that it acts like a coffee filter.
Mod note: I moved this post to it's own thread from here:
Yet another first-timer with no clue what he's doing... - Page 7