UGH! I was doing my closing procedure in the pool, and it seems when I was pulling out the stairs, I managed to put a hole in the liner, which I didn't see for about 10 minutes, and it grew. It's actually a tear about 1" long and 1/2" wide.
I managed to get a patch on it, which was so much fun since it's 50 degrees outside, 60 in the pool, and raining, BUT...I'm not 100% sure that it's fully patched.
This liner/pool has been a bit of a comedy of errors anyway, and I have several patches. I wonder if I should just cut my losses and put a new liner in next year?
The question is...if I do that, do I go ahead and drain the pool completely, just in case it's still leaking? The pool is in ground, surrounded by a deck, but not backfilled. I can cover it so the snow stays off of it, but I'm not sure if it's safe to leave it as is and leave it "dry" with the liner in it for the winter, or if I need to drain it, patch it, refill, then winterize?