Are you ready to do a vinyl liner replacement in your above ground pool? Here are a few suggestions that could save you time and money. Especially if you are paying a professional installer to do the job for you.
You should of course check with your installer before doing these things just to be sure that is his preferred method. It is better to ask these things up front than to find out later that is not the best way of doing things in your area.
Next, it is a good idea to get inside the pool and remove the liner. Do not take the pool apart. Just use a razor blade and cut the liner out a few inches down from the top rail. To make removing a large liner from a pool easier it may be necessary to cut the liner into thirds or fourths. Once the liner has been removed you can check the pool base and side walls. If you have a sand base with some sink holes a couple of bags of play sand from a nearby hardware store will usually be enough to level them out. If the bottom of the pool is full of tree roots they should be removed. If doing this messes up your pool base you may need some more sand to smooth it out. If there are grass and weeds present pull them and treat the area with a grass and weed killer. You should also check the pool wall very closely for any signs of rust. Rust spots should be sanded and painted.
A rule of thumb about gaskets. Rubber gaskets are usually reusable, anything else should probably be replaced. If you are in doubt have new ones on hand.
This is an important checklist if you are installing the new liner yourself. If you hired me to install the new liner for you, and I found all these things done when I arrived, don't be surprised if I give you a big hug.
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