I've used a bubble wrap solar cover for years now. I always buy the cheapest clear one money can buy, and seem to get about 2 years from one cover. It is typically TOTALLY destroyed by the end of season two. We can do the "Get what you pay for" discussion, but I'd rather find out how you roll your cover up to use the pool.
I have a hand crank reel job. Works fine if you're slow and methodical, I've got to babysit it while I roll it up. Make sure it doesn't start a wrinkle when first wrapping, keep the first roll flat, and keep the cover from walking to one end or the other by tugging it toward center. This may all seem common sense ish, but can I do anything to make it fool proof? My idea would be to attach a solid rod of some form to the front edge, perhaps one or two near the middle, and another at the end, to keep the cover from wrinkling, and hopefully keep it square as you roll it up. The reason I ask is my boys are 5, 4, and 2 now, and the oldest two are REALLY taking to the pool these days. Often swim while I'm at work. I usually was the one to uncover the pool, but with their new enthusiasm, I want to figure out a way THEY can wrap, and unroll the cover easily, without me.
Any tips? Suggestions? Thanks!
BTW, "Have mom do it" seems like a logical suggestion. But she's juggling my twin girls (about 7 months old) while keeping an eye on the three boys. She's got enough on her hands, trying to think of a way my kids can do this easily by themselves.
(Last note, "By themselves" does not mean they are UNATTENDED at the pool. While the older two are quite good swimmers already, we still keep hawkeyes on them, and a puddle jumper on the wee one too.)