hi! so glad i found an active pool forum! we have an oval above ground pool that has a deck one side and one end, and white pvc railing on the rest of it. we bought the pool used, it came with a solar cover reel that is set up to attach to the pool's top rail, about 6' from one end of the pool. we don't want to attach it there because it cuts down on the amount of useable pool, and we don't want to have to move the reel every time we want to swim.
the obvious solution to this would be to mount the reel brackets on 4x4 posts outside the pool, and reel the cover on and off from there, right? the problem i have is that because of the pvc railing, there are supports in the way that would n't allow the cover to pass thru to the pool. my solution would be to slit the cover accordingly, into sections that would feed under each fencing section. to cover the entire pool edge-to-edge, the cover would need to be split about 5 times, and the 2 edges would be only about 18" wide. will those be hard to keep straight as the cover is reeled up? how have other people handled this, i can't be the first one to have this problen, LOL.
we don't want to remove the railings because they are needed to meet code.
please help me! right now we've been manhandling the cover off and leaving it in a giant heap on the deck..which leaves almost no deck left haha. thanks!