I will be covering my above ground pool this weekend and was wondering what technique others used to do so. For the last 6 years I've always bought those air pillows and strung them across the pool then pulled the cover over the top so the cover doesn't touch the water. The problem with this method is that if I put too much air into the pillows or don't lower the water level enough the cover just barely fits and I have a tough time getting the cover over the whole pool without it dipping into the water. I've seen pictures of covers just sitting on the surface of the water where it looks like not too much water has been drained from the pool. Does anyone use this method and how has it worked? With the pillow method I always wind up getting rainwater and snow in certain spots, so throughout the fall and winter I have to go out and periodically siphon the water off the cover. Without pillows, what happens to the rainwater, snow and ice? Does the cover go underwater? Is this ok? Any help/advice is appreciated.