I bought a 18 x 48 Summer Escapes pool from Walmart last month and I also bought an Intex 3,000 GPH Sand filter and pump. I have finally gotten it all setup and working. I also bought an Intex 1.5 inch large pool Inlet and I had to cut a large hole in the liner for it to fit. I cut the hole perfectly and installed the Inlet but now it seems to be leaking on the bottom and also the connection of the hose to the inlet is leaking. I'm attaching some pictures so you can see. I'm not sure what else to do... I've put plumbers tape on the end of the inlet and it does not seem to fix the leaking. You can see in the picture that the weight of the hose is causing the inlet to bend a little and I'm guessing that's causing my Inlet leak.
I also have another question. I'm curious how I should hook up my pool vacuum to my skimmer. I'll also attach a picture of that. The hose I have is too big to fit and I'm not sure if anyone else has had this issue with the Summer Escape skimmer.
Any help/suggestions is appreciated.