Been reading the other threads about vacuuming, and that's not how I do it, but it works great. Can someone tell me what exactly I've been doing? Should I do it the "correct" way?
When going to vacuum, I turn the vacuum switch/valve on. Then using a manual vacuum, I prime the hose (which is attached to the vacuum cleaner part) by sticking it up to a return until it quits bubbling. The vacuum head is in the water at this point. Then I take the end of the hose and stick it up to a....hole, that happens to be under the skimmer. The hole has awesome suction and I go about vacuuming the pool. I attach the hose to the hole with what I now know is a skimmer plate (did not know what that thing was at first!). Apparently I'm supposed to use the skimmer to vacuum, and that is what the skimmer plate is really for?
Is the "hole" really just a return with no eyeball? Why does it have such great suction? This house was a foreclosure house and the pool was a wreck.