So, new house, pool is a disaster - the previous owners repainted and it appears a lot of **** ended up at the bottom of the pool - old paint chips, etc.
Got the big debris out, filter working well, water clear and chemistry OK.
Time to vacuum! Except I'm missing the vacuum plate to attach to the top of the skimmer. Went to the pool store, 8 3/4 vac plate out of stock. "Take the filter basket out and stick the hose down the drain, you'll be fine!".
15 minutes later I go check. I can't move the multiport filter handle. At all. Unscrewed it. Can't lift it off. Now I'm stuck.
I can, however rotate the part under the handle like so:
This is a new multiport - the last one was old, stuck, then the handle broke off...