Rusting Connectors on Intex Pool

by Pamela Cairns
(Mims, Fl)

Showing Rusted Top Rail

Showing Rusted Top Rail

I have had an above ground pool in the ground for almost 4 years. It was a very...very cheap Intex pool that has only metal ribs and a top rail. Everything is great with the pool but the metal is very rusted and broken in places. I want to remove the rusted ribs. I can't see any reason why this would not work, can you? I was thinking about anchoring the top pieces of the liner thru the holes that go over the top rails. Obviously the pool is held up by dirt and water working against each other. I could use some advice and would be willing to pay for a consulting session. Thanks, Pamela Cairns

Hi Pamela

At the ends of the poles I think you are calling top rails are the connectors that hold everything together. That appears to be where the rust is. If you remove the connectors there will be nothing to hold the poles up and they will fall into the pool allowing water to get in behind the pool causing a big mess.

I'm not sure how you plan to keep the straight pools up tight against the blocks surrounding them, but if you can do that it should work.

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Jun 01, 2014
Holding up sides
by: Anonymous

Yes, I see what you are saying. But I am planning to anchor those flaps (what I am calling the pieces once I take out connectors). Where the connector pieces go thru the plastic, there are hole or slots that the connectors slide thru. I think that I can use a tough cording of some sort, run it thru the connector slots, pull the cords back and anchor them kind of like a tent stake. The blocks around the pool would be removed while I do this and then after everything is anchored I would put the blocks back on top of all the mess and viole! problem solved...I think. I have tried to think of a reason why this wouldn't work at least temporarily. What I want to do is just get an oversized liner and put the stones on top of that. But this is my solution for now. What do you think?


It sounds like you have a workable plan. You could try a few and see how it goes. If you needed more support you could always go into the middle of each pole with another cord and stake. A self tapping screw could be used on the back side of the pole to hold a clip of some sort that a cord could be attached to.

Jun 01, 2014
by: Pamela Cairns

Thank goodness. I come up with these things by the seat of my pants. It's good to know that it doesn't sound crazy...that much. Thanks, Pamela

Jan 30, 2016
Inground intex
by: Anonymous

I am about to start my project of an in ground Intex as you have. I am considering a few options about the pump and filter system. How did you set yours up? You have a self priming pump? You set your pump in the ground also? Are you're hoses buried in dirt?

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