OK, it's getting late and am almost done winterizing (freeze warning tonight so it's about time!).
I have drained the pool 6" below the water intake hole. I've read a ton and gotten a little confused, so please forgive this newbie question.
Based on the amount drained, the water level is roughly two feet below the top edge of the pool. I purchased a pool cover with four feet of 'overlap', but the directions with the cover indicate I need more overlap because of how low the water level is after draining. This cover is designed to hold water on top of it (along with leaves and debris) so it needs to fit snugly against the walls of the pool. The manufacturer says DO NOT try to have the cover sloping towards the top of the pool from the center point. So I guess I'm going to return this cover and get a bigger one. Any suggestions or other ideas? I'm in Michigan, there will be leaves and stuff blowing onto the pool, plus a tone of rain/snow through the fall/winter/spring.
Second question. I believe that I need to plug the holes for the water intake/outflow, but cannot find any specifically for my pool (Intex doesn't sell them, they recommend taking the pool down over the winter). The holes are roughly 2 3/4" in diameter. I'm having trouble locating one, and it's not clear whether or not I need one.
Thanks in advance!