I figured that this may be helpful to some members trying to close their pool this season. Even though I am a newbie, I will definitely be closing my swimming pool this year, and in addition helping a few friends close their own pools.
For about $75, (Does not include Cyclone), you can create one of these modified covers to use for closing the pool. I know that other members have done this before, but I could not find any pictures, part #'s, etc. Have to admit. I broke down and purchased the Cyclone for convenience and portability, other than tinkering around with shop vac's, pancake compressors, etc.
Performed a test run. The multi-port valve was in the "closed" position. Kept the main drains and skimmers open and turned on the cyclone. Takes a few seconds to build up pressure but both skimmer tops blew right off. Quickly, I shut down the system not to clear water out of the main drain lines.
The good news is that this set up did not require any type of glue, silicone, etc. There may be some minor air gaps, but I do not see any problem.
Here are the links to what I purchased:
Hayward SP1023, 1023G, 1024, 1025, 1039 Return Fitting Parts
(I used the SP-1023)
1.5 x 1.25in Combo Hose Adapter
(This is the top adapter)
Above Ground Swimming Pool Filter Hose Connectors
(I purchased the 6' hose). It is 1 1/2" hose. The picture looks different. SKU: FC156
The Cyclone, Cover and gasket were from:
Pool Supply Unlimited - We Know Swimming Pools
1069 Air Supply Cyclone Liner Vac 3HP 120V 3-Stage | 41281002
43784 HAYWARD SPX1600D STRAINER COVER CLEAR LEXAN
93707 Gasket Strainer Cover | SPX1600S