How to get the plugs out?

Deb04

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Jul 12, 2008
338
Seacoast, NH
#1
Trying to open the pool for the first time ourselves. The plugs don't want to come out. I know there's a vacuum behind them, but how do we break that. We've gotten the plug under the skimmer out. Still need to get out 3 where the eyeballs go and one at the basket.

What am I missing?