I wanted to get some suggestions on closing my pool. I have a 24 feet above ground pool with a deck built all around the pool. Part of my pool is dug into the ground and I can't get under the deck because it's too low to the ground.
I've had my pool for 4 seasons and have done pretty much the same for the last two seasons. In the first season, we used the water bags to hold down the winter pool cover. It didn't work good at all. We used quite a bit of these water bags, but we get a lot of cross wind and we must have had our pool cover blown off at least a dozen times.
In the second year year, we tied the pool cover down using rope by threading rope in the grommets and going underneath the deck. As you can imagine. It's gross down there in certain spots with spiders and stuff. Also, there were portions of the deck where we couldn't go under. So, we looked for another option.
For the last two years, we've purchased sand bags and plopped them on top of the pool cover where it sits on the deck. This works pretty good; however, if you've ever carried sand bags, you know how heavy they are. We used about 2 dozen sand bags. I was hoping there was a better way of closing our pool without having to use all those sand bags. Does anyone have the same type of setup and can give us some suggestions? The rails on our pool sits on top of our deck so we can't get the pool cover overlap underneath it. I'll try to paste a picture of my pool so that you can see what I'm talking about.
Another question -- we live in a South suburb of Illinois. When we close our pool, we drain the pool below the skimmer, put the plastic tupperware-like cover on the skimmer, replace the eye with the eye cover, remove all the pipes connecting the pool to the heater and filter. Bring the filter and stuff into the house and drain all the pipes connected to the pool. Is there any reason why we need to drain the pool below the skimmer? It just seems to be a waste to drain the water and then have to refill it again in the summer when we open. If we drain all the water from the pipes and disconnect everything, I don't see why we would need to drain the pool. Any insights? We do use one of those pillows underneath the pool cover.