Rolling magnet was by far one of the best purchases I made! And yes harbor freight has them for cheap. I got mine when it was on sale. Think I paid $10 for it. I roll it over my driveway frequently as that's where I do most of my construction work. Saved myself having to get new tires a few times.A garage magnet has been invaluable here. I have found tons of no no stuff in the chicken pen with it. Crap they dig up or crap I dropped and couldn't immediately find. Yup I have gathered spilled J clips with it.
I am ok with cold temps. I think the worst part will be that the ball valve is under the ducky deck (known here as the "poop" deck).
I meant to say I feel your pain about poor fitting gloves. I have tiny hands and short pinkies so yeah...floppy fingers. I get those super stretchy cheap gloves and double them up on really cold days.
I am thinking about getting a floating deicer to use in the pool with the plan being running it at night and removing for the daytime. That SHOULD keep the pool open and prevent ducky entanglement.
What about a sinking deicer? I use a bucket deicer in one of those waterers with a float in the bottom. Hate that waterer but needed another one this winter. Bucket deicer stays at the bottom so the float can stay free. Only uses 80 watts too. The other heated waterers use 110 I think.
This is the one I use. I think its good up to 6 gallons. I use it in 3-4 gallons of water. Of course there are bigger ones too.