I'm a new pool owner with some very old pool equipment. My skimmer has a Pentair Rainbow Vac Mate:.
This device is connected to my automatic cleaner (Polaris 145). A few weeks ago, while pulling the Vac Mate out to clean the basket, the plastic cracked due to becoming brittle over the years.
The question is, should I replace it with another of the same? It looks like there are still a few places around that sell this device. I'm just concerned that this may not be the best option available.
Some of my observations:
* The main drain does not work with this device installed, because there's no suction going to the main drain from the skimmer (but this is probably okay)
* I don't get any surface skimming action with this device, because I need to adjust the valve to 100% to get it within an acceptable pressure for my automatic cleaner
Are there better alternatives I should consider?