I need to repair a small gash in my plaster where a chair was blown into the pool. I will need to drain water below the level of the skimmers and I’m not exactly sure how to accomplish this. I see that some folks use a submersible pump to do this. However, I’d like to use the pool pump if possible. The problem is that my main drain is tied into one of my 2 skimmers. I’ve read that you can purchase a diverter to bypass the skimmer and allow water to be pulled through the main drain only. But when I started looking at diverters there were many different types and I’m not sure what to purchase.
So here are my questions:
1) Am I on the right track or is there a better way to accomplish the repair of the plaster?
2) Should I just go ahead and buy a submersible pump? Is this the preferred method of draining the pool?
3) How do I determine the type of diverter I need? Is there a way to identify the type of skimmer I have?
Thanks for your help on this!