First, Yes I read the pool school article.
18' Above Ground Pool
First question, it says to lower the water level 6 inches below the skimmer. I am going to ask the dumb question, how do you lower it below the skimmer? Do you siphon it out? I really don't know or I wouldn't be asking.
Second question, there are 2 types of winter covers that I have read and done research about, but I am unsure as to which one is better, the mesh style and the solid with pillows. Any recommendations? The posts on here seem to be mostly regarding inground pools, or above grounds with a deck, which mine doesn't have a deck.
Third question, in the pool school article it mentioned removing any ladders, steps or mats. What is the mat for? Is it for the ladder to stand on? Our pool store never mentioned that we needed one, but my husband and I both noticed that where the ladder sits on the liner it is wrinkled. Should we have used a mat? Where would you buy one?
Thanks in advance for the help!