Sand Behind Liner
by Phil Norris
Ok, I have that Secard above ground pool which I bought used and paid to have put up. A few inches up the pool wall from the bottom in one section, there are some pebbles from the plaster sand base that are stuck under the liner against the pool wall.
I've already had to patch a pinhole caused by this by diving underwater, but was wondering how I could get under there to brush the remaining ones away and get them out from between the liner and the wall? Right now they're a bunch of protruding bumps,etc.
I can't seem to be able to reach them with my hand under the bottom rails either. Should I take the top rail off and the coping and reach down somehow? Was thinking I have a round plastic oar from a rubber boat I could maybe wedge in there? Not sure.
The only way to fix this problem is to drain the pool. But I would not recommend doing that at this time. The bumps caused by little pieces of sand, on the sidewall, are really pretty harmless. There is no abrasion or wear of any kind in that area of the liner and the pointy little bumps should not pose a problem. Even if you have to patch one or two of them, that is better than draining all that water and having to refill.
There is just no way to insert something in behind the liner, believe me, I have tried. You can only get down a little ways, and when you come back out, the liner is wrinkled. This is just not something you want to try.
If you do want to drain the pool, leave about six inches of water in the bottom. You should easily be able to pull the liner back and dust the sidewall. Leaving water in the pool will keep the liner seated and prevent it from shrinking.
I am glad to hear you and that pool are still getting along. Summer is here and it is time to enjoy it.