I live in an area that gets very high winds on a good day, but since we are currently experiencing a noreaster, we had exceptionally high winds. I learned last winter that water bags are no use around my pool, as the wind manages to lift them up and toss them in the pool fairly regularly. If I didn't see it myself I wouldn't believe it.
With the storm coming and very little options at my disposal, I placed a handful of cinderblocks around the pool to supplement the water bags. To my chagrin, when I checked this morning two bags and one cinderblock were gone! I ran out to find that somehow the cover had caught the cinderblock, but it is too far to reach by hand or with any tools. I even thought I could be a ninja and try a home made grappling hook.
I'm currently running two pumps to drain the water on the cover, since it scooped up a ton of pool water when the block went in. The block weighs 30 lbs and it's unlikely I'll be able to scoop it up on the end of a tool (like a pole or a boat hook) so I figure I'm down to two options...1- locate a 30 foot ladder to span the 20 foot wide pool and hope it can hold me and the block, or 2- at least partially get in the pool to get it (it's in the deep end of course). I've had no luck finding a ladder that big, but I also really don't want hypothermia today since the pool was partially frozen over yesterday. Any suggestions would be helpful. If anything, at least this can be an amusing cautionary tale.
DON'T PUT CINDERBLOCKS AROUND YOUR POOL!
Oh, I'd also be happy to hear alternatives to waterbags and cinderblocks that arent those stupid water blocks, as two of those are also floating around my cover right now.