At this point, we are planning to have the solar heater laying flat on the ground, next to the pool, the only location int h e back yard to get sun much of the day. How exact do we have to be with its placement when we start - will it be difficult to adjust its position once it's in use (too heavy to move with water in it), or will we be able to scootch it around a bit until we get the placement just right?
Should we put some kind of barrier down on the grass, or build some kind of lumber frame or platform, instead of having it on the ground? Part of the area was previously (unfortunately) my garden, the rest is grass.
Also will be buying a solar blanket for the pool, which is 24' round above ground. Any tips for a cheap way to manage daily placement and removal of the cover without buying the $200 reel? Found some very long PVC pipe in the shed, which I think was used in association with previously used, now varmint-chewed solar blanket. I will likely be managing the cover by myself most days.
Thanks for any helpful tips and advice. Rochester, NY area, if that matters.