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    Top rail separating from pool wall

    This is my third year with an above ground pool...just got done opening and I noticed there is a gap between the pool wall and the top rail in only one section of the pool...what would cause this and what can I do to fix it..any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated uploadfromtaptalk1461107765187.jpg

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Could have been frost heave over the winter. It can be fixed but you'll have to take the top rails off to do it.
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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Could you explain a little more... Would I need to take off all the rails or just that section?... Although I'm fairly handy this was my first pool so I did not install it myself..

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    The top rails in that section should come off. At every post you will have a cap where the rails meet. The caps come off first to expose the screws to the rails. Once you get them off, you should be able to push that stabilizer bar back down onto the wall. If it doesn't go down easily, something more may have moved. If that doesn't work, take pictures of that whole post from top to bottom so we can possibly see what's going on.
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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Thanks Casey I'll give it a try

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Quote Originally Posted by jbriggs1219 View Post
    Thanks Casey I'll give it a try

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Thanks gonna give it a try this weekend... Let ya know how it goes

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Sweet!
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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    So I took the rails off that section... It seems like the whole post has risen... Can't figure a way to get it down... I could push the rail down around the rim of pool but apparently it's supposed to sit on the post too... I'm posting two pics... One is the way it's supposed to sit and the other is how my problem one sits

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    The first pic is correct the second one is the messed up one the channel should sit on the rail

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    I would also look at the wall........has it dropped? Did water come out over the winter and wash out some of the dirt under the wall? I just want to make sure you look at every possibility.

    Do some measureing and looking thinking both ways then get back with us about what you think and why.

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Definitely didn't have any water come out. Not sure how I'd be able to tell whether wall dropped or post got pushed up... So strange though... It's only one section... What exactly would I measure?

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    I would go to three other areas.......measure the legs and wall from the ground up. See what you find. I am hoping that will tell the story of what happened. We can go from there.

    Kim (I have an area where two of my legs and the wall between them sank just a little due to some sand wash out)

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    My problem with that is that my pool is partially buried so I would not be able to get an accurate measurement... But at this point I can only assume that one of two things happened... Either frost heave pushed the post up...or the wall sank... In either case do I need to be concerned with the structural integrity of the pool? As much as I would like to fix it for aesthetic reasons my bigger concern is whether it's a safety issue

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Rock and hard place with the measurement for sure! To me the fact it is halfway buried will be on the good side for you as the ground will help support the walls on the outside and the water will from the inside.

    I would get the top rail down where it should be and see if there is any way you can rig something up to help the top cap stay on. It might take long screws but I am sure there is a way.

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    Sounds like a plan... Unfortunately it's not buried very deep and the part where it's messed up... I appreciate the advice Kim... Thanks so much!

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    What do u think about pulling the post out of the ground and cutting off the bottom a little bit to make it fit?...wouldnt have to cut that much... Or is that just asking for more trouble?... The problem with rigging the top cap to fit is then it won't cover up edge of top channel inside the pool

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    Re: Top rail separating from pool wall

    If you are able to try digging down to the bottom of the post and seeing if you can set it deeper to make everything fit again. Use great care while doing this....do not hit the pool and when putting the dirt back in compact it good every 2 or so inches.

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