Raleigh Above Ground Pools
How To Install An Above-Ground Pool Liner
- Drain and clean the pool, get all the debris and water out of the pool. When you get close to empty, you can use a shop-vac to get the last of it. You don’t want to have to clean and pick-through leaves and dirt that is mixed in with the sand under the liner.
- Next you want to remove the skimmer and the water return jet.
- Remove all your top rail caps.
- Now remove all your top rails.
- Don’t remove the grey or silver coping on top of the pool wall just yet.
- Cut and remove the pool liner. Cut it into manageable size sections.
- Remember, your pool walls are extremely vulnerable with the the water out of the pool. This should not be attempted on a very windy day.
- Once the liner has been removed, smooth the pool sand bottom, removing any sharp rocks or stones.
- Build a 4″ sand cove around the perimeter of the pool. Some sand is not compactable, so be sure to use mason sand.
- Lay the liner out in the sun to remove packing wrinkles.
- Begin removing the metal coping on the top of the pool, three sections at first. then hang the liner in that area, Once you have the liner hung in that area, put coping back on before moving on. Now work your way around, doing three or four section at a time hanging the liner as you go. Do not allow the liner to buckle or pull down the wall.
- Use a broom to tap liner close to the bottom of the pool wall.
- Tape off the skimmer opening on the outside of the pool. Now run a shop vacuum in the return jet hole. Seal around the vacuum hose. Tap liner into place while running the vacuum until the liner is set, and all the wrinkles are removed.
- Once all the wrinkles are out, you can start adding water, keep running vacuum until water is on the wall, all the way around.
- Begin installing the top rails.
- Once the vacuum is shut off, continue filling the pool until the water is 4 inches below the return jet.
- Remove the tape on the skimmer and install the skimmer with new gaskets.
- Install return jet with new gaskets, and then hook up the filter equipment, and finish filling the pool.
This installation guide is meant to give you a rough outline only. This was also meant to convert regular beaded liners, and overlap liners into hung / V-bead type.
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