Short story...my solar blanket starts turning in the pool about 5 minutes after the pump is turned on. (it's a plain round solar blanket, no straps, reel, etc) It's not spinning fast enough to make you dizzy or anything, but at around one full revolution per minute.
From what I understand, the eyeball should be aimed away from the skimmer....water comes out the eyeball, goes counterclockwise around the pool, making almost a full trip around and ending up at the skimmer.
Now, short of aiming the eyeball straight into the center of the pool, I cannot aim it in such a way that the blanket doesn't want to spin. It's fine now, because we're not using the pool yet, but once I put the steps in, the blanket bunches up on the handrail pole because it's trying to spin around and leaves a fair amount of the pool not covered.
I like the whirlpool effect, because any leaves and pine needles that fall in get collected in a blob on the bottom, dead center, about 2' across. Makes cleaning it out easy...
So....while the solar blanket is on, does the pool water need to do the whirlpool thing for the skimmer to do its job? I'm thinking no, since it can't skim anything that lands on the blanket, right? (D'uhh...)
I also want to cut a slot in the blanket so the handrail pole will fit into it, allowing the blanket to lie nice and flat over the entire surface of the water.
So, here's what I think, and please tell me why I'm wrong....
While the blanket's on, I'll point the eyeball at the center of the pool to keep the thing from spinning, and when the blanket's off, I'll move the eyeball to where it should be, so the skimmer can do its job...
And, if the eyeball is aimed at the center of the pool, will I get proper filtration? (turn over all the water and so on..?)