This is the skimmer I have (bottom of it) and they make a vacuum plate for it so I can use the pump to vacuum stuff off of the bottom of the pool. How does that work even tho those rubber flaps there allow water INTO the skimmer? You would lose suction there. I have a vacuum head, 18' hose and a pole, but I connect my vacuum to my pump via 3 way valve! I am almost considering buying a vacuum plate for it if anyone here can convince me that it would work better than my current configuration or as good. I just dont see it sucking that much water through the hose OVER the skimmer like that. My skimmer works but it doesnt look like it sucks that much water over the top!