I have just purchased a home with a vinyl liner pool and there is
about 4 feet of water in the deep end and none in the shallow end. In
the shallow end the liner is pulled away from the corners and is also
pulling away from the steps (If you step on the liner from the bottom
step there is about 4" between liner and floor for about 2 feet from
the bottom step). The liner is not brittle and seems to have a good
amount of "stretch" to it. Does anyone know if I can use this pool in
this condition ? Will the liner stretch back to the walls after water
is put in the pool ?
Hm, sounds like you should have bargained for a reduction in the sale price
for a new liner, maybe. A pool inspector after signing the purchase
agreement would've been worth the money. Once pull away they don't much
wanna go back; more so as they age. Too much water drained can do that, it
needs the water to help keep it in place. For the upper rim, I've seen some
people use coins to wedge them in. But I would first wonder why so much
water is gone? Consider the possibility there's a leak in the liner
somewhere, and that the sellers may have lied on the Seller's Disclosure
On 1 Jul 2003 08:51:10 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (sisko61) wrote:
I used to work with a pool maintenance guy, and what he did
(he said it was a trick of the trade)
is pour boiling water behind the liner, and this made it possible for
the liner to be pulled back into position more easily than if you had
not used the boiling water. He then secured the liner just like the
other poster said, that is, he secured it using coins.
HOWEVER, as I recall, I don't think the liner had actually pulled away
from the steps. Maybe you could do the boiling water/coin trick, then
start filling the pool. If the pressure succeeds in pulling the liner
away from the rim again, just try the boiling water again. I'm pretty
sure the weight of the water will press the liner back to the steps,
if not immediately, then over time.
On the pool we were repairing, the liner had pulled away from the rim
a good bit. Without using the boiling water, it would have been
impossible to stretch it back into place. As it was, it still took
both of us to do it. I worked with this guy for at least a year or so
after we did this work, and on subsequent maintenance trips back to
this pool, it had never pulled out again.
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