My pool is a 2009 Intex 18’x48” metal frame that came with the old through-the-wall threaded connector without the grated strainer. Last summer I bought an Intex sand filter/pump combo and it came with the new threaded strainer connectors with the grate pictured below.
This year when I hooked the equipment back up I used the new grated connector. I now regret that and want to switch back to the old plain threaded connector. When I vacuum I attach the hose straight to the connector instead of going through the skimmer. Last year the larger organics (mostly small twigs and nuts from a nearby tree) I vacuumed would pass through the connector and be caught in the basket on the pump which could be easily emptied. Now the grated strainer connector catches them. The problem is that it is very difficult to clean the connector without them falling back into the pool. I have a larger size aquarium net that I use when I clean it, but a lot of it just ends up back on the pool floor.
1. Is there any reason I shouldn’t go back to the old connectors? I could just cut off the grate, but I’m scared to saw right next to my pool wall, too risky for me.
2. Do the grates on the new threaded strainer connectors restrict flow in any significant way? It seems like my flow is not as strong as last year, but it may be my imagination.
3. What is the best way to minimize water loss while I switch them out?