We got our pool back in April/May of this year, and we closed it this weekend. 21 foot above ground Doughboy, 52 inches deep. Followed all the directions for the getting the chemistry right, which was easy. We did that on Saturday, let the pump run overnight. Sunday we disassemble the pump hoses and let the water drain a couple inches under the skimmeer, which was also easy.
Then came time for installing the pool cover. Let me say first that it was a cloudy day with on and off wind. Regardless of wind we felt we HAD to get the cover on because we went through the entire process of getting the water ready (chemicals) for winter. We wrestled, and wrestled with this cover finally getting it down with MOST of the air out from underneath. We also tossed our air pillow that was going to go in the middle off to the side, mostly out of frustration. We ended up going to our local pool store to get some water bags to help hold the edge of the pool cover down. I also believe we put a tiny hole in the cover due to a nail head sticking slightly up out of one of our deck boards. I didn't see it, but my wife said it was very tiny and nothing to worry about. But it's a hole!?!? haha, you can probably imagine the frusteration that has been building, did I mention that at this point it was going on hour 5 of installing the cover?
To make a long story even longer it comes down to one main question I have. I've seen some places on the internet say water on the cover isn't bad, and others say (including the guy at the pool store) that there should be absolutely no water on the cover. The guide in the box the cover came in also said, "it's designed to accumulate rain water, do not pump off water in the fall".
Should there be water on the cover? And if so, how much is too much? Also any other comments about how to make installing a cover easier are more than welcome. THANKS!!!!