We're having the pool closed on Monday and the pool company asked to have the water drained 2" below the skimmer. We have 2 skimmers, 3 eyeball returns and 2 bottom diffuser returns. We are donning the loop-loc cover and removing the hardware ourselves to save some money. Any special tricks in getting the water level down without using a submersible pump? I was thinking of attaching the vacuum hose to one skimmer, diverting the flow to that skimmer and draining that way. I was also thinking of using some rubber tape to help with the seal between the vacuum hose and the plate that goes into the skimmer. Any help would be appreciated.