Broken Resin Top Rail
I'm in deep...
After removing my winter cover , I discovered that 1 end of a section of my resin top rail was pulled out about an inch from under it's corner cover. After removing the corner cover I discovered that the top rail mounting slots had been broken out at the ends of the slots.
1) I do not understand how/why this happened?
2) Not sure if pool is safe, if top rail adds structural support?
3) Is the top of the pool, out of round, and if so, how to fix that?
4) Need to replace the resin top plate, however not sure as to how to go about it. safely.
5) How to check pool afterwards to insure it is OK?
Any help would be great...
I would need to see photos of the pool to be able to answer all of your questions but here are some basics.
The biggest problem with resin top rails is they will not hold up to any pressure caused by leveling or roundness issues.
I have seen them pull out in the transition sections on oval pools, where the pool goes from the side into the end. Sometimes, no matter how well the pool is installed, the corners have pressure the the rails need to hold. And many times they don't.
A well constructed pool should stay up without any top rails, so
the pool should be save, assuming you do not have any major leveling issues.
Ordering a new top rail won't solve your problem and will probably just pull out again. I would drain the pool to about half way, this takes away some of the pressure at the top and will allow you to make some adjustments. I would then undo some of the rails near the problem area. Try using a different spacing, making new holes if need be. You want to keep all uprights straight up and down while gaining some extra rail. Just a little more spacing on enough rails should put you back to the trouble spot with a nice fit that will not be pulling on the rail. Make some new holes for the damaged end, use some small washers if need be, and put it back together.
When you fill it up again things should stay in place this time.
Issues like roundness and level would require almost a complete drain of the pool so the fix above would be adapting the rails to any existing structural flaws. Before draining you may want to check the level. Measure the distance between the water and the top rails all the way around. Hopefully you are within an inch or so. Now check your uprights, are the all straight? Posts leaning in or out or side to side indicate problems. If your issues are not bad, do the quick fix and just readjust your rail spacing.