To be clear, my skimmer IS working. It collects some leaves and other debris, and is easy to clean out. The issue is that some of the leaves end up sticking to the main drain (harder to clean, requires vacuuming).
So I had a thought... But wanted to bounce the idea here first before trying it. What if when I cycle/filter I turn off the valve from the main drain and instead only send water to the pump via the skimmer? Reasoning is leaves would no longer be sucked into the main drain. Is this a terrible idea?
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Actually upon thinking about this, it occurred to me that the leaves would still sink to the bottom if not captured by the skimmer; they would probably just be randomly dispersed. Thus requiring vacuuming all the same. Might be easier to grab with the leaf rake though.