Well we installed the pool 2 weeks ago and I have been brushing every day, but I vacuumed for the first time just now using a brush head kind so not to mar the plaster and there was not enough suction so I turned part of the main drain lever closed. I got enough suction without collapsing the hoes line one bit, but now even with the system off (no suction) I can't get the hoes out. It is stuck! I see the white plastic ring edge below the entrance. I feel like an idiot. It was the 1.5 size which worked well for the pole side fitting onto the sucker head and didn't seem to be too small for the skimmer hole. I don't know what to do. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Thanks, wendy My heart was so glad to get the dirt accumulation out after a storm yesterday and now I feel faint. My recent under construction thread is "Dog's pool has begun!!"