Will My Soft Sided Pool Liner Stretch

by Jessica

We installed a 17x52 AGP a few weeks ago and in true new-owner fashion had to drain it last weekend when we determined it was leaning too badly to ignore. We use a line-level a couple of days ago and got it down to less than 1/4 inch variance at every pole.

This is a "frameless" pool, btw - Summer Escapes - meaning the liner is hung on poles, and not inside of a metal frame. It looks like a bag/bladder full of water (you've seen em...) We have an Armor Shield pad underneath it, the yard, a 2" foam pad to raise the sidewalk portion to level with the ground, and varying-sized pavers under 14 of 16 of the legs. The lowest point came up about 4 1/2 inches! Luckily, none of the legs or joints were bent/bowed when we emptied and re-leveled it.

So now, because we didn't raise the ground to meet the liner on the sloped side, we have a deep end. The last two weeks it's been in the 80's here in central KY, and got into the 50's a few nights. Today it got into the 90's and the rest of the week will be hotter - highest is 96/97. We have little-to-no shade over the pool so I'm hoping the liner will gradually stretch down to meet the ground, as the water warms and the sun beats down on the liner.

The largest gap between the bottom liner seam and the ground is about 3 inches; right now the 'back' end is simply suspended on the legs and joints. We haven't gotten in it, yet, and I'm honestly a little worried to.... I'm having nightmares about buckling/slipping legs, a split seam, or ripped top-ring loops.

Can I expect my liner to stretch enough? Should I be worried about the water weight on the frame? In addition, should I try and shove cove or something into the 'open' spaces under the side that is not resting on the ground?

ANY input would help!

Hi Jessica

I doubt that the liner will stretch much, it's not like a vinyl liner. I would try padding it like you suggested, it might work.

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