Above Ground Pool Wall Buckled and Broke

by Frank
(Rochester, NY)

Above Ground Pool Damage

Above Ground Pool Damage

Hello, Can I fix this by replacing that section of wall? The mounting strip is behind the left support.

I'm wondering if I could tie in on the right one. If so do you know where I can find that strip, can't seem to find one online. Thanks.



Hi Frank. Side walls for above ground pools are sold as a whole roll, meaning you would have to replace the entire wall. Here are your options, in my opinion.

My first choice would be to drain the water down to well below the skimmer. Remove the skimmer, return, top rails and metal rods in that area. Have some cloths pins handy to hold the liner to the wall when needed.

With one person holding the liner back out of the way another person or two can use a hammer and a piece of wood and flatten the wall. It should all go back into it's original shape without to much problem. A piece of flat metal will have to be riveted over the torn part but with so little pressure up that high it should hold just fine. With that done you will want to line up the skimmer opening and reattach the skimmer. This can be the tricky part because the liner may shrink a little. Hold the liner in place with cloths pins exactly where it should be over the skimmer opening. If it does not line up properly you can either make use of the sun to warm the liner and make it stretch easier or drain a little more water out of the pool. Once the pool is back together it should fill up and be good to go.

Replacing just a section of wall requires cutting the wall and drilling a new set of holes to bolt the new section to. This can be done if you do it right. Since ordering an entire wall is probably going to be cost prohibitive you could look for cheap used pools in your area. Many people give them away for free if you dismantle and haul away. Any size pool would work, all you need is four foot of side wall. You might also come up with lots of other pool accessories you could use now or in the future. I've brought home brand new three hundred dollar pool cleaners before, just because they were no longer needed.

When you are ready to cut the wall plan it so your two rows of nuts and bolts can be hid behind an upright. The wall can be deeply scored with a razor knife and bent back and forth to make a clean cut. Since you can't fold over and crimp the wall like the factory does, two rows of nuts and bolts works fine. If you plan to use the same liner all the water should not be taken out of the pool. Take out just enough so the liner can be pulled back out of the way and held there while the work is being done. If to much water is taken out the liner will probably become unusable. Be sure your skimmer and return openings are exactly where they were before, or a new liner will for sure be needed.

Some pools use a stainless steel service panel. This is about six foot of stainless steel wall with a skimmer and return opening cut into it. If you could locate and order one of these, and install it like I described above, that would work also.

Hopefully you will get it all back together and be able to enjoy the pool all summer. Next winter block the skimmer off with a skimmer guard and you may prevent this from happening again.

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Feb 22, 2011
Above Ground Pool Wall Buckled and Broke
by: Dave

Hi I saw the post on your Above Ground Pool Wall Buckled and Broke and was wondering if anyone has done this successfully? I had a repair guy come over today and he said it cant be repaired and it looks just like the picture. Top ripped and ripped past skimmer...I believe if I cut it and add a panel in and bolt it on it can be fixed? They insisted on telling me they would not put their name on it and it would blow out and my kids would get sucked in it...etc... If anyone has done this successfully can you email me please your contact info so I can talk to you.
Dwetzel at jtfd1.com.



Hi. Yes, of course it can be fixed. But I also understand an installer not wanting to get involved. Walls can be repaired to be stronger than they were originally, it's just a matter of how you do it. But installers, first off, would rather replace your entire pool, for a nice fee. Second, if they have not done such a repair, then there is no way they can guarantee their work. So it would probably be a project you would have to do yourself.

Mar 10, 2011
Just discovere similar issue
by: Erick

I just discovered similar issue with my pool in same area , of course very concerned about the repair. Like Dave said has anyone done this repair successfully , your input is greatly appreciated. I don't have any torn on my walls just the bent parts . I can be emailed at: erick.moreira@verizon.net .

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