The pool build is imminent! First and foremost, we have six kids aged 13 and under AND, we still like them. So, we want something safe, affordable (less than $6000), and easy to use. Of course we LOVE the look and mechanics of an auto cover, but sadly the cover will cost as much as the actual DIY pool project. A fence is not an option. The pool will be right out the back door. The pool is a 20 x 40 rectangle with protruding steps. We did look into covers that act like auto covers, but with no automation (ie: use a rope to pull it closed). However, this system would not work with pools over 18' wide.
I did read a post about someone who used a looploc system year round. How practical is this really? Will it be too tight too fuss with it two to three times a day? Will we be stubbing our toes on the anchors? We have a trampoline and I'm imagining if I had to take the jump part off and on three times a day my kids would learn a whole new set of curse words. Please offer your input! BTW, I don't know of a more valuable site than TPS!