My situation is a bit different than other posts.
I have 2 side wall skimmers. The one closest to the shallow end is not pulling like the one in the deep end. If I turn off the deep end skimmer is does pull better, but with not as much force. I thought it must be blocked so I put a hose in the pipe to try and force any material out. While doing that, a rubber thing on the hose nozzle was sucked into the pipe. 2 days later, the rubber piece was in the filter basket. I figured since it made it through, then there couldn't possibly be an obstruction. But the skimmer is still pulling very little. Any suggestions?
On another note, since I don't have a backwash on my pool, I have to vacuum it. I plug the slower pulling skimmer and turn off the bottom skimmer. First time I did this, it worked perfectly. Since then, each time I attach the vacuum (fill hose with water, connect one end to round disk and place in skimmer, attack other end to vacuum head) I lose the prime in my pump. I'm totally stumped! Again, suggestions would be appreciated.
I have a brand new motor and pump. First pool and I am trying really hard to figure out what the problem is without calling the pool guy.