Pool Wall Damaged

by Roger

We have an 18 x 33 oval pool. The wall buckled this winter and there is a nice size crinkle at the bottom right near one corner and a few small holes and rips also. Can this wall be saved and if not can it be replaced and where. I'm not sure of the brand, it was given to us years ago. Thanks for any help, Roger



Hi Roger. Most above ground pool sidewalls can be flattened out and repaired. More detailed information about sidewall repair can be found on this page.

Pool Wall Repair

Finding parts for your pool is going to be difficult without knowing the make and model. Sidewalls are cut to slightly different lengths so just because you get an 18 x 33 wall does not mean it will fit your pool.

Hopefully your sidewall can be repaired but if you are going to look into replacement parts these pages may be helpful.

Parts For Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Pool Parts

If the wall is very rusty repairing it could be risky. If it is not just keep in mind that the pressure is greatest near the bottom of the pool so any patching you do should be much larger than the hole.

pool wall creased on an above ground pool


To repair the damage in the photo above I would take the pool down and lay the wall out flat on some concrete. I would hammer the wall flat and re-install it. I would then insert some 12" flashing into the bottom rail, inside the pool. The top edge would get taped to cover any sharp edges and the metal would act to reinforce the pool wall.

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Pool Wall has Creases from Collapsing

Creased Pool Wall

Creased Pool Wall

Our 33 ft round pool collapsed over the winter and the wall now has creases. Can this wall safely and successfully be reused? If so are there any tips or precautions to take.



Hi If it were mine I would reuse it. The best way to fix it is to completely remove it, lay it out flat, and remove all the creases. You might be able to do a decent job with it still in the pool, but removing it is better.

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