Ok, I'm an idiot, but what do I do now?
We are putting in our first replacement liner. Had to get water delivered because our well is too slow. We weren't really sure when we were supposed to remove the shop vac hose from the skimmer opening, and now the pool is full and the shop vac is still in there.
We worked on it all afternoon today:
-Lifted top rail and plastic keepers off the skimmer section.
-Got all duct tape out of the system.
-Taped socks and things to broom handles to try to move out the water weight so we could pull the vacuum out.
-Taped a flat molded bungee hook (no sharp edges) to a flat folded metal bar in an attempt to hook the hose collar from down near the cove by pushing it through the flattened vacuum hose.
-Successfully detached the hose from the collar and pulled the hose out (we didn't really mean to do that yet, as it was the only attachment to the collar).
-Tried to make a water lock we could siphon water from to relieve the pressure on the liner wall where the collar is stuck. Couldn't get water lock.
It is a 25ml liner so pretty stout. However, the worst case scenario would be tearing or puncturing the liner and losing the water I just paid for.
Right now the liner is taped to a few of the broom handles to make sure it doesn't fall into the water and drain over the top. If we remove the broom handles we will never get them back down there because of the hose being removed.
It happens to be located just a foot away from the metal wall seam, but opening that, even a little at the bottom, gives me the willies because it is sharp. And how would I keep the heavy bubble of water from having its way and popping out through the relief in pressure?
So I humbly present a request for ideas.