Apologies for the forthcoming block of text.
Swimming for me is 3/4 work and 1/4 play. Everytime I get in, I spend 45 minutes just walking around with the net scooping out leaves, dragonflies, flies, random dirt, etc, etc etc. "Why don't you have a cover on?" you ask? Most of the time I do, but it's an exercise in frustration at this point. It goes on fine. Looks great. The problem is that in order to get it off, the whole thing ends up in the pool, rendering it useless. Most of the time it's from rain settling on top or the cover just sinking in. The drain holes that are premade don't really let the rain go through to the pool. The only water they let pass through is from the body of the pool up onto the top of the cover. If it pours hard, the entire cover will just get knocked down the floor of the pool. Either way, the end result is that everything the cover stopped from going to the pool ends up going in anyway. If I wake up in the morning and the cover's chillin' at the bottom of the pool, I don't have time to fish it out, straighten it all out, and wrangle it back on by myself, so it stays uncovered until that evening, which wreaks havoc with both trying to keep it clean and maintain any chemical stability. Last year I stretched it as tight as I could, then hung weights (5 lb weights from my weight bench) from rubber clamps/bungee cords to keep the cover taught. My wife has forbid this redneck fix, so I'm back at square one. No matter how tight I tie the cords (which are now useless since the lining on the edge of the newest cover has ripped), water collects and the pool goes uncovered.
Any tips (other than massively increasing the number of floaty rings I use to prop the cover out of the water) for keeping a cover actually on the pool? Are all covers created equal? Is it my technique or lack thereof?