Pool Info: Vinyl Liners - Page 2

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Vinyl Liners (cont.)

 

new liner. When the liner is delivered (allow 2-3 weeks), we make a full day of removing and replacing. The pool is drained, the old liner is cut up and removed to the recycling plant. We then work on the walls. Joints are taped, rust or irregularities are scraped and sanded. If the wall is rough, pitted or corroded, we will recommend foaming the walls to prevent contact with the new liner, as well as provide a nice soft feel. All of the face plates surrounding the suction and return ports are removed. The tracking is inspected, and if necessary, cracked sections may be replaced.

 

Floor work is the final step before "dropping" the new liner and setting with a vacuum. If the floor is sand, we will remove contaminated sand, and replace with new sand. The floor is hand troweled to remove any irregularities and achieve design specs for which the liner was manufactured. Pebbles and sand balls are removed while we back out of the pool very carefully. If the floor is cement or vermiculite, it is swept and cleaned. Irregularities such as cracks and divots are repaired.

 

When ready, we drape the liner across the pool and lock it into the track. Positioning one or two vacuums, we set the liner into place, working out any wrinkles. We then "cut-in" the main drain and steps if they exist, and add a hose to fill. The vacuums continue to operate until the water level is at a predetermined point on the wall. We return to remove the vacuums and lock in the liner at these points. Then the pool continues to fill. When full, we return again to cut-in the wall face plates. New plates are purchased when available. The filter is then started up, and you're in business!

 

Labor on a liner installation is usually $1200 - $1500, depending on size of the pool, and extent of wall and floor work. Our complete liner replacement charges range from $2,500 - $3,500.

 

Don't try this at home kids, we're professionals. You have been given just enough information to be dangerous!

 

Above Ground Vinyl Liner Installation

 

The information above is primarily inground vinyl liner information. Installing an aboveground vinyl liner is not so difficult. Not so easy either. Not a real fun job, but here's the basic lowdown....

 

First, make sure you order the proper size. Measure carefully the length, width and depth. Measure from the point the liner flips over the wall.

 

Disassemble the top of the wall only to the extent necessary. Try not to remove any bolts or screws that are unnecessary to the removal of the liner. Move slowly. Remove any screws holding in wall fittings. Remove the Liner Lock clamping the liner in place as it turns over  the top of the wall. Cut and remove  the existing liner.

 

Smooth out the sand floor with trowels. Remove any pebbles or rocks. Replace any sand that is contaminated with algae. If there exists any vegetation, pull it up and treat the sand with bleach or algaecide or herbicide to prevent any vegetative growth. If the walls are rusted, scrape and paint. You should also put wall foam over this repair if the rust is severe enough that it may damage the new liner.  Put duct tape over any rough areas or seams in the wall panels. Floor padding can be used to make a floor soft and smooth. Pool Cove and also be placed between wall and floor for a smooth transition.

 

Drape new liner over pool leaving just a little slack so that it will stretch ever so slightly into place. Be careful not to disrupt the smooth sand floor by dragging the liner over it. Make sure liner is not twisted. Replace Liner Lock to secure liner to top of wall. You can use a shop vacuum to set the liner (removing all of the air between the pool wall and the liner), but most people do not. Just make sure that there is enough slack so that the liner will stretch into place.

 

Begin to fill pool. Keep an eye on the liner while filling to make sure it doesn't slip. If wrinkles develop, you can likely work them to the side if you catch it soon enough. Any wrinkle under more than 9 inches of water will be difficult to remove. After you have 12 inches of water in the pool you can turn off the shop vacuum, if you used one, and/or relax that the liner has "set". If you have wall fittings, wait until pool is full to cut them in. We have replacement liners at poolcenter.com.

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