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    Liner tear

    We have a tear in our liner near the top of the border. It is out of the water. Wondering what I can do about it so it doesn't get any bigger. Anyone have any suggestions? Will a patch kit work?

    We'll be closing the pool near the third week in September and wanted to get this fixed before the winter.

    Here's a picture of it. image.jpg
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    Re: Liner tear

    I would go ahead and patch it. Boxer glue is supposed to work well on vinyl liners.
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    Re: Liner tear

    Patch it & prepare to replace Above water rips are an indicator to replace.. Patches & liner expand & contract at different rates... Tears above water line can "run" away rather quickly

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    Re: Liner tear

    Replace either before the end of this season or beginning of next. I would see if you can get it done now actually; you can probably get a good deal for the end of the season. If not, I agree with the other two people who commented--patch and replace next year.

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    Re: Liner tear

    Thanks for the replies.

    Spoke with a pool store today and they gave me a quick on the phone quote of $4,000 to $4,500. We have roughly a 20ft by 40ft freeform figure eight pool. Depth of 6 feet in the deep end.

    Does this quote seem low, good, or high? I'm going to call around to a few other places as well. He said in order for them to measure and get the exact quote we'd have to put half down to begin with. Does that sound normal?

    He also recommended doing it yet this season as they are getting booked for new pool builds next year already.

    Any thoughts or help is much appreciated. Also, any other thoughts on if I'm jumping the gun would be helpful. I don't want to rush into this, but I also don't want to have a problem when we open next year or midway though if we can avoid it.
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    Re: Liner tear

    Try patching it. Your liner does not look very old. You can get a patch kit on Amazon for less than $20.

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    Re: Liner tear

    Quote Originally Posted by OTPirate View Post
    Try patching it. Your liner does not look very old. You can get a patch kit on Amazon for less than $20.
    So you think hold off on rushing it this fall? Does a harder winter in Michigan have any bad implications?

    The liner is about 8-9 years old I believe. We just moved in 2.5 years ago.
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    Re: Liner tear

    I would. I patched a couple below water level tears (they were about 2 inches in diameter) with a $15 patch kit about 18 months ago and have not had any leaking.

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    Re: Liner tear

    Ok thanks. My bigger concern here is if the liner will continue to rip.

    I talked to a pool service guy today and he recommended patching it once with a liner patch. And then patching it with another liner patch layer that is 1 inch bigger all around. Any thoughts on this?
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    Re: Liner tear

    That price quote seems good bearing in mind the shape and size you have.
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