Repair Damaged Pool Wall

by Dave

Two winters ago the metal walls on my above ground pool split at the point where the ends are bolted together. It appears that corrosion may have weakened the holes punched in the metal.

Would it make more sense to replace the entire 30' diameter wall or repair the damaged section? Repairing the wall would entail drilling many holes very accurately to ensure that they would all match. Thanks

Hi Dave

I would only replace the wall if I could find a good used one. New ones are so expensive.

There is nothing wrong with doing a little wall repair. If there is enough meat left on your existing wall to simply add more holes, then that should work. You could also get a three or four foot section of wall and splice over the weak area. This would actually give you three rows of nuts and bolts. You would have the original set and then one at each end of the splice. There is no way that set up would break.

replacement skimmer panel

They make stainless steel skimmer panels that would be ideal for this. It's just a few feet of pool wall with nut and bolt holes predrilled at each end. One of these would be much cheaper than a whole new wall. If you did not need the openings for skimmer and return simply tape some flat metal to the inside of the wall to cover them up.

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Jun 28, 2013
pool wall fix
by: Anonymous

My pool wall split last winter I have been trying to decide if I should just take the pool down or try to fix the wall. I am so glad that I read this I will be trying the repair methods you described. thanks for the info..

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Side Wall Tearing

by Mat

I was just wondering if it may be possible to repair an above ground pool side wall that buckled and when straightened it split the side wall about 3cm long.

Should the whole wall be replaced or being a welder by trade can I weld a patch over it?

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks, Mat

Hi Mat

Tears and holes in the sidewalls can usually be repaired. I am not at all sure about the welding since I am not a welder. I would think the wall would be too thin to weld. I have used nuts and bolts in the past and know they hold just fine, so that would be my choice. I have seen rivets used also, but in a situation where I did not feel the usual metal and duck tape patch was strong enough, I would use nuts and bolts.

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Jul 21, 2009
rip in wall
by: Anonymous

Hi I just bought a pool off of Craigs list and when we went and got it I noticed a rip on the pool wall,luckily the rip was on the top part of the pool just left of the skimmer opening, because if it was on the bottom I wouldn't even recommend putting it up because the wall could possibly burst because of the great pressure of water that's pressing on the wall. My pool I bought is a 24 ft round Silverado by Patriot and it is an awesome pool. I cant wait to set it up next spring so I am just going to pop rivit around the tear after putting a thin sheet of metal on it to hold it together then pop riveting around the patch of metal to hold it together and putting duct tape over it to protect the liner and it should be just fine.

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Esther Williams all Aluminum Pool

by Roger
(Milwaukee, WI)

Esther Williams all Aluminum Pool

Esther Williams all Aluminum Pool

Just a comment. I installed my 27ft. Esther Williams all aluminum pool, fan deck and walk deck with fencing 43 years ago in 1976. The wall rotted on bottom in 2001 from crushed rock lime easing the aluminum. MY MISTAKE. Cut the rotted bottom off and pop riveted a bottom from neighbors discarded pool to it then replaced the liner. All the aluminum in still in great shape. The liner split on the bottom recently while I was preparing to winterize it, so we decided it was time to let it go. The kids and grand kids all grew up with it and are now moving away. Only grandma and me still used it as a 90 degree hot tub.

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