I have an above ground 24' pool which this year needed to have the skimmer replaced due to winter damage. My challenge seems to be on the new connections from skimmer to filter and from filter back to pool. all "new" fittings I cannot get a leak free fit. I've tightened down the hose clamps , replaced the hose clamps, and finally replaced the hoses with the ones they sell at the local pool supply store. Can someone help me keep my sanity? The store sold me 1 1/2 hoses as they said that was what my new skimmer used.