Best way to use vacuum in skimmer


Bronze Supporter
Which is the better way to use a Hayward through wall skimmer in an above ground pool when you're hooking up a vacuum? Use the suction plate that comes with the skimmer or shove the hose down the skimmer's throat?

I just got to thinking about that...


Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
Me? I stick it down in the skimmer hold after I made SURE it would not go all the way in. The skimmer plate and I did not get along at all.................The pump basket catches any big stuff I find. Well that is how I used to do it before I got my robot! LOVE my robot!!!