We have an automatic cleaner that does not run off the pump. But sometimes we want to manually vacuum with a hose and vacuum head. I came across this:
"Skim Plate – This plate goes in the skimmer closest to your filter system and fits over your skimmer basket. The other side of the skim plate adapts to the vacuum hose. One of the most common mistakes people make when vacuuming their pool is not using a skim plate and putting the vacuum hose directly into the skimmer pipe."
We have a plate that goes on top of the hole where the skimmer basket is, but it doesn't faciliate the vacuum hose in any way. It just has a small hole in the center for using your finger to lift up the plate. We have been vacuuming by putting the hose directly into the skimmer pipe. This is wrong? What does a vacuum skim plate look like? I'm so confused