Above Ground Pool Liner Fitment Problems
As I said before, it’s often the jobs we take on that give me ideas and inspiration for the blogs I write. As you know, many people take on the repair of their above ground pool but end up quitting in aggravation. The incredibly hot August temperatures in Florida only intensify the problems and frustrations. In this case the home owner in Palm Bay was convinced there was a problem with the pool liner because it just didn’t fit correctly. There are many factors that can cause this dilemma and most are not the liner’s fault.
You’ve Heard It Before, Size Matters
I know you’ve heard it before and I’m saying it again. Measure your pool before you order a new above ground pool liner. This is one of the biggest and easiest problems to avoid. Ordering the wrong size liner for your pool is very common and only due to being lazy. It only takes about 2 minutes to properly measure the pool but takes a week to correct the problem and this doesn’t take into account the cost of returning your pool liner. Double check the pool size even if you think you already know it.
Round ’er Up
As I stated in the beginning of this blog, there are many reasons for an above ground pool liner not to fit correctly but I’m going to concentrate on what happened to this pool in particular. Here was a classic example of the pool simply being out of round. What this means is the pool is more egg shaped than actually round. When this happens the pool is longer in one direction than the other.
This occurs from poor installation where the installers didn’t ensure the pool was actually round during assembly. If you start with a misshapen frame everything else fits poorly and the job can become a nightmare. If you didn’t build the pool it’s not your fault so all you can do is deal with it. Besides, there are ways to successfully install a round pool liner in an egg shaped pool.
Making It Work
If you are really adventurous or bored you could completely disassemble the pool and put it back together correctly, this way your new pool liner will fit like a glove. But if your like our Palm Bay home owner you change your liner in the summer, so a job like that isn’t happening in August. The best way is solve this problem is to hire a professional to do the job.
I know this isn’t what you wanted to hear but different types of pool liners require different techniques to make them fit correctly. I’m not trying to make this sound like it’s magic or a lost art, it’s just too hard to explain to someone who’s never done it before. The options and limitations to correct the problems are different for oval pools versus rounds, and different for overlap liners versus beaded liners. Pool floor shape, cove size and other factors all play a role in how well a liner fits in any given pool.
It’s simply trial and error over an accumulation of time that you figure out what works best. But if hiring a professional isn’t an option be prepared to just get in there and try yourself. Do a little experimenting to get the best results you can. If it doesn’t work out the worst that can happen is you get wrinkles in the liner. They may not look good but wrinkles don’t leak and that’s what matters most.