How to Install an In Ground Pool Liner
edited: Tuesday, March 01, 2011
By Dan A Carter
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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2011
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A brief discussion on how to install a pool liner.
INSTRUCTIONS ON INSTALLING A REPLACEMENT POOL LINER
Swimming pool liners are a functional part of the complete swimming pool. Swimming pool liners might need to be replaced for various reasons, but the replacement of a liner is fairly simple. Replacing your swimming pool liner helps to refresh the look and feel of your pool.
INSTALLING A SWIMMING POOL LINER
- Over time above ground pool liners need to be replaced. People often upgrade or buy liners because of rips and tears in the old swimming pool liner. Replacing a swimming pool liner is a simple task but you will need another person to assist you in the project.
Make sure to complete the replacement on a warm and sunny day, which will make it easier to handle the pool liner. Most in ground pool liners are made of vinyl and are more flexible when the weather is warm.
Before removing the old pool liner you will need to empty all the water from the pool and use a wet vac to get the last bit of water up from the pool liner.
Lay out the replacement liner on a clean surface. Remove the stabilizer rails along the top of the swimming pool and set aside so that you can spray them off and wipe down with a clean cloth.
Remove the metal band that lines the perimeter of the pool along with the plastic clips. This will allow you to remove the old pool liner.
Once the old pool liner is lifted out, make sure to rake the sand smooth and remove any debris.
Take the replacement pool liner and gently stretch out over the pool and follow the arrows and seams. The center seam should be in the center of the pool.
Place the replacement pool liner in the pool and gently smooth out any wrinkles and smooth the sides with your hands. Replace the metal band and plastic clips. Replace the stabilizer rails and fill the pool with water.
TYPES OF ABOVE-GROUND POOL LINERS
- These liners go up and over the top edges of the pool and then hang over the side.
- Beaded liners go up the side of the pool and then snap on a track with the help of welts or beads that run along the whole edge.
- These liners can either hang over the over the pool side like an overlap liner or they can be attached like the beaded liner.
- Expandable liners are tall liners that accommodate for the extra vinyl that is needed for the deeper end or middle swimming areas.
HOW LONG DO POOL LINERS LAST?
Vinyl pool liners tend to last 8 years on average with a high rate of variation. In other words some pool liners last 3 years and some last 15 years. It all depends on good and bad maintenance, use and abuse, and good and bad luck. As a result, it is important to be a good maintainer of your swimming pool as well as it is to keep an eye out for potential abuse to your liners while or while not swimming in your pool.
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