Trying to save money. Starting a post here to get some questions answered on liner replacement. Done some searching, watched several youtube videos. I think I kinda get how its done i have listed several steps below... Please let me know what if anything I might be missing...
Why am I doing this myself? I have had such bad luck with almost every contractor I have hired I just don't like using them. I moved in to this house 2 years ago, my current pool has a 7 year old liner that had a hole after 5 years, is very thin, has little and big wrinkles, has at least 10 patches, has divots all over, little concrete mounds, and a nice piece of cardboard under the liner down by the main drain that the last contractor left when he installed the liner (validating why I want to do this myself)
1. Measure Pool: I have the typical Rectangular hopper, assuming its 18 x 32 (I will get the official measurement), I assume those are the only measurements I need to give to the liner company, as they don't ask for more than that
2. Buy liner: Mil is what is important, not gauge, gauge is bogus marketing, the higher the mil number the thicker, longer lasting, and harder to work with it will be to install. Someone posted that their liner lasted 31 years
3. Buy all new seals: Liner strip, Light seal, return seals, skimmer seals, step wall seal, rope holder seal, main drain seal, anything that has to cut into the liner
4. Wait for at least an 80 degree weather day
5. Get all the water out with sump pump and pool pump to waste, and shop vac at the end.
6. Remove old liner: Get for people to help from here
7. Vacuum all dirt, gravel, and the stupid piece of cardboard the last clown left under the liner in the deep end
8. Grind or knock down all lumps in the concrete, patch all holes, vacuum again, make it perfectly clean or as clean as possible
9. Remove and replace sidewall foam
10. Set new liner where a diving board would be (center of deep end, on the deck) Unfold, bring it out to all four corners, start installing it with liner strip
11. Install shop vac in skimmer hole to pull air through the skimmer box inlet (not the skimmer drain)
12. Fully install liner strip, get out all wrinkles
13. Start adding water to deep end
14. Screw down main drain ring, cut out main drain, add drain cover
15. Allow water to fill up to just below light working out wrinkles. Add light ring, cut out light hole, install light
16. Allow water to fill up to just below returns, add return ring, cut out return hole, install returns
17. Allow water to fill up to just below skimmer, add skimmer ring, cut out skimmer hole install skimmer cover
18. Same for rope holder
19. Remove shop vac
Ok, where will I screw this up? I do have questions on some of these, but let's start with the basics, is this the right idea, what key critical steps am I missing that will cost me my new liner?