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    Patching a tear - How to clamp

    I recently discovered a liner failure resulting from age. I want to patch it and get by until winter at least, but next winter would be ideal. My question is regarding clamping the patch while the glue cures. The location is in a corner, where the liner is pulled away from the side a bit. My patch is original liner material and about 8inx12in. The repair site is curved in multiple directions, which will make clamping difficult. Obviously, I can't sit out there and hold it manually for 24 hours. Any suggestions?

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    Also, I'd rather get on this sooner than later. Is this an acceptable glue for this job?
    Leslie's VR8140/LES Wet-Patch Kit
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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    That is going to be a VERY hard place to fix as you well know. My gut says cut a piece of patch that goes well around the area and just do the best you can THEN put another, bigger patch over that as a safe guard. Is this an area you CAN stand for a couple/few mins. to help it take?

    I don't know the patching stuff you linked to but do know this one:

    Amazon.com : Boxer Adhesives No.110 Vinyl Pool Repair Kit : Swimming Pool Maintenance Kits : Patio, Lawn Garden

    This is the standard all others are measured to.

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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    I decided to wait and order the Boxer adhesive. The image above is flipped for some reason, but the tear is above the waterline so I can sit there for some time and hold it. Being a woodworker, I like to apply pressure for 24 hours, but this spot just isn't conducive to that.

    A bigger patch will be a problem as the cut is about 2" from the top and I cut my patch about 3" larger on all sides.
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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    okay woodworker------can you make a form that will hold pressure on the patch like a board to the other side of the pool???? Just throwing ideas out there to see what sticks.

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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    That's quite a span. I was considering a sandbag hanging over or using a rope to pull a weighted float against it.
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    yeah! That would work! I am sure you can come up with something to press against it. Make sure to share a pic of what you end up doing!

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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    I put on a thin (5mil?) clear patch as a 1st layer and test patch. Hand pressure and rubbing out bubbles for about 15 min. Very minor edge lift (~1/2mm) cured by another application of glue abive . Lift remains below the waterline.



    Tomorrow I'll apply the main patch, using hand pressure again. Since this patch will be approx 1" below the top (had to remove edge cleat), i'm going to apply a third clear patch over the top edge only.
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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    Sounds like a solid plan. Glad the hand pressure worked! Let us know how it goes! I would keep an eye on it and redo the glue as needed.

    Just thought of something else..........REALLY watch that your pool does not over fill........do not want water getting up there and behind the liner.

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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    Applied #2 last night. Wow, the glue made that patch really soft. I hope it regains it's strength over time.
    My Pool: 18'x36' Grecian. Vinyl Liner, 500# sand filter, SWG.

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    Re: Patching a tear - How to clamp

    Not pretty, but functional.

    My Pool: 18'x36' Grecian. Vinyl Liner, 500# sand filter, SWG.

    My hobbies: Brewing beer and flying rockets.

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