Pool Wall Repair

Fix It Or Repair It?

Liner changing time for your above ground pool is a perfect time to do some pool wall repair.

It is best to start by cutting the old liner out with a razor knife, leaving the pool completely assembled for now.  Once the liner has been removed from the pool, closely examine the pool wall.  Does it look anything like the one pictured below?

A wall that is maintained at every liner change will outlast the neglected ones by many years. So, is it time for some pool wall repair?


pool wall rust
This pool wall has a lot of rust around the top and some minor issues around the base.  I would recommend sanding the rust away and painting the wall with some spray paint.  Be sure to give the paint plenty of time to dry before installing your new liner.  If at anytime you see holes in the wall take a little time and repair them correctly.  After sanding and painting, duct tape flat sheets of metal over the holes for extra strength.


pool repair flashing

The metal for wall patches can be almost anything that is flat and thin.  A cookie sheet can be cut with tin snips and used as a wall patch.  I have even taken a beer can and modified it to work.  Somewhere out there is a pool labeled Bud Light.  It is also possible to buy aluminum flat stock flashing material from hardware stores or awning companies, or Amazon.  This is the best material to use for above ground pool wall repair.

24" X 50'Flashing

This flashing material is usually sold in either 12", 18", or 24" widths and can be cut to any length.  This type of material is perfect for inserting into the bottom rail on the inside of the pool.  A single piece can be run around the entire inside of the pool effectively reinforcing the cove area of your pool wall.  This cove area can be prone to rust and the extra protection could greatly extend the life of your sidewall. Use plenty of duct tape to cover all exposed edges.

It is also a good idea to examine the wall for anything sharp.  Dents and calcium deposits are the most common causes of sharp edges.  Sand away or tape over any or these.

Spend a little time on wall maintenance and you will increase the life of your pool by many years.


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