Hello, I have the 15' x 48" soft Intex pool and the small pump that comes with it - 1000 or 750 gph. I wonder if I'm misunderstanding the instructions - I prime the pump first by unscrewing the little knob on top until water pours out the top, then retighten. *Then* plug it in. It was nice and quiet the first few days. Now it seems to rattle and when I check the knob on top (while its running), water no longer comes out the top. Is it supposed to? I can see that the water is moving in the pool - the outlet stream is strong and the "sucking" tube's suction isn't detectable (that may be the pump size?). The water looks good and tests fine, maybe just lucky because we've only been it in about 5 minutes total!
Question two is how to attach the skimmer basket. I swear I've read the instructions and watched the DVD several times and something in my brain is not connecting. Right now, the suction opening has a white sort of mesh cover on it. The skimmer basket has a ~2' hose and a connector that doesn't seem to match up. Am I supposed to replace the current white mesh cover with the skimmer basket's hose and connection?
Also, may I ask what color your filter becomes? Again, we've used it for 5 minutes total, there doesn't seem to be any debris at all in the pool, and when I took the filter out to rinse it, the papery part is a rusty color here and there. Is that possibly a byproduct of the chemicals?