Esther Williams Pool Wall

by Patty Kanak
(Westchester ,il)

I have a carousel Esther Williams pool that is at least 30 years old. I just noticed several small holes on the outside of pool where I can see the liner through the holes. I am afraid the pool may burst.

This has been a GREAT pool and I would like to know if there is something I can "patch" this with? Will anything work or hold? I was thinking of Flex-steel, but the info I've read...sounds like a scam. How can I save this pool????? Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!

Hi Patty

Wow, thirty years out of an above ground pool and still up and running. That's great.

Rust holes can cause pool failure, but the can also be repaired.

Keep in mind the lower the hole, the more pressure is put on them and the more dangerous they are.

I do not no of any way to repair the wall from outside of the pool. My recommended way of wall repair is to tape a piece of flat metal to the inside of the wall. For most small holes a 12" x 12" piece works fine.

If you are not ready to replace the liner you should not drain the pool all the way, that could ruin the liner due to shrinkage.

You would just need to drain the water below the lowest hole, pull the liner back, tape the plates to the wall and refill.

If that is done correctly you should be able to enjoy the pool for another 5 - 10 years. Best of luck with it.

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Jul 21, 2012
Esther williams pool
by: Patty

Thanks for the advice on the pool! It seems like to much work to repair a pool that old. Can I ask...What is THE BEST pool to buy , if I decide to replace. I want a pool that will last as long as this one did! Do they even make them like that anymore???

Hi Patty

There are a lot of good pools on the market. My favorite is the Doughboy brand, it is well worth the price. All the better pools will be the ones that cost the most.

There is nothing wrong with searching the used market, you can get some real steals this time of year.

May 05, 2013
Esther Williams pool wall
by: Patty

So LOVE your site! Thanks for all the advice....went with a new pool , installed last week! It is such a headache ( in my opinion) searching for a new pool! Steel Aluminum resin ...blah blah....Everyone has a different opinion(I guess based on what they're selling) Don't know if I did "good" but time will tell! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading all the posts, I have learned so much!!!! Happy Summer!!!

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