Installing a New Liner
Liners need to be replaced in above-ground pools for many reasons. Here are my top ten reasons why a liner has to be replaced in an above ground swimming pool along with a liner change price sheet.
- The water has not been treated and/or filtered for too long and the pool is too nasty.
- The auto-cleaner tore up the bottom edge of the liner.
- Excessive nut-grass, moles, or horned-nose beetles caused too many holes to repair
- A cow falls in the pool or a horse damages the outside from scratching a persistent itch (true stories).
- The rusty interior of the pool wall took life from the liner.
- The homeowner’s dogs “dogpaddled” the side of the liner to death.
- Someone’s kids had fun poking holes in the liner with non-pool toys or the pool pole.
- The pool is leaking and no-one can find out where.
- The pool was drained and left without water too long and the liner shrank during refilling.
- The liner is brittle from age.
The process for changing a liner in an above ground pool.
- Arrive at the pool location (usually on time)
- Inspect the existing above ground pool making sure it’s empty and that there are no major decking obstructions for its disassembly.
- Inspect the skimmer/return, and look at the exterior for any major wall rust.
- Remove the old liner in pieces and inspect the inside of the pool’s wall for any major rust damage.
- Disassemble the top caps, top rails, top connectors, and coping.
- Remove the skimmer and return.
- Re-work and re-smooth the existing pool bottom while removing any roots and re-enforcing the pool cove.
- Apply a new treatment on Nutgrass killer if needed.
- Toss the new liner in and unfold it.
- Set the liner from the bottom and secure it to or over the pool wall.
- Add about 500 gallons of water(from your water hose) and continue filling.
- Work out all the wrinkles using the weight of the adding water and set the new liner into its final placement.
- Re-place the top coping, top connectors, top rails, and the top caps.
- Replace the existing skimmer and return and cut their openings through the new liner.
- Re-connect any plumbing to the pool’s pump and filter.
- Clean up the pool’s work area and take the old liner and any job trash to the curb for trash pick-up.
- The pool is now completely re-assembled with the new liner properly placed and is filling up with the yard’s water hose.