I've been on youtube today listening to different pool gurus talk about water levels for above ground pools when closing them. There are varying opinions. Curious what the opinions are here re: water level assuming we put a plate over the skimmer 'whole' and of course plug the jet thingy. Seems to me the higher the water the less stress on my pool cover. Had disaster last year where pool cover thread broke, (too heavy w ice and water) cover ended up in pool, mucky leaf mess to clean up in spring...was awful. Pool water was below output jet so....buying clips this year for cover, going to TRY and pump water off cover (did not know to do that last year) and hoping we can keep water level at almost normal level if we cover the skimmer whole thingy. Thoughts? Thank you in advance.