Owning a swimming pool can be a lot of fun during the warm weather months. It's fun for little ones and can be relaxing for adults as well. Swimming pools, unfortunately, do not last forever though, and at some point you will need to make some repairs. One of those repairs could be replacing the liner. A vinyl liner can withstand quite a bit, and sometimes if it gets a hole or a tear it can be repaired, but if those holes or tears get too big, a replacement is necessary.
To replace the liner, you can hire a professional to do the work for you, or you can grab a few friends and install the liner yourself. This isn't an easy job, and you need to be sure to install it properly to ensure the liner doesn't tear when you add water to it. Read on for everything you need to know about installing a new liner yourself.
What You'll Need:
- New liner
- Garden hose
- Submersible pump
- Utility knife
- Power drill
- To start, you'll need to take the water out of your pool (if you still have water in it). Use the submersible pump and garden hose to get rid of the water. Run the hose away from your house and your pool.
- Once the water is out, you'll need to take off the railings, caps and clips holding your old liner in place. Use your power drill to remove the railings, and place all of the screws into a bucket so you don't lose any parts.
- At this point you'll want to inspect your railings, caps and plastic clips. If any of these parts are in bad shape, you may want to think about replacing these parts.
- Next, take your utility knife and begin cutting the old liner into smaller, more manageable pieces. The liner is going to be heavy, so cutting it up will help you carry it out.
- The sand below your liner may have uneven areas or need some more sand. Add sand where needed and rake the area level. Then use the tamper to level it all out. Don't add too much sand, or you'll end up with a very shallow pool.
- When you're ready for the liner, you'll want extra hands to help. This part needs to be done quickly, as the liner can shrink quickly in the sun. Unfold the liner starting in the center of the pool. As you unfold the liner, spread it out evenly in the pool. Make sure you have enough hanging over the edges, and also ensure that the seam is lined up along the walls. As soon as you have the liner lined up properly, have some of your helpers hold the liner in place while a few others begin attaching the clips and rails. At this point, you'll want to begin adding water to the pool.
- Have someone else in the pool smoothing out the liner to ensure you don't have any wrinkles or creases at the bottom of your pool or on the walls.
- Continue filling the pool with water and adding the rails and caps around the top of the pool. Before the water gets up to the skimmer level, be sure to install the skimmer housing and basket, as well as the eyeball return housing, hoses, filter and pump.
Installing a pool liner is not a simple task, but it can be done if you have some extra hands, or you can hire a professional swimming pool installation company for help.