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Thread: Re-leveling a sunken pool wall - pool liner question

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    Oct 2011
    Atlanta, GA

    Re-leveling a sunken pool wall - pool liner question

    The deep side of our pool sank about 1.5 inches because we had a trash pit very close to the pool ( contained trees the builder buried 27 years ago). The trash pit has been excavated and refilled so the sinking problem has been eliminated. Our pool contractor's plan was to build up that side of the pool so that the top is level with the other sides of the pool and then stretch the liner to cover that additional area at the top. The liner is about 5-6 years old in a pretty good shape. However, there is an additional problem: there is a pool light installed about 15-17 inches from the top on the wall of the pool. Because of the pool light, the contractor only had that 15-17 inches to work with in order to stretch the liner. In the end he said stretching the liner would have a high risk of damaging the liner so that the whole liner would need to be replaced. After spending thousands of dollars on fixing the trash pit, re-leveling the pool wall and re-doing the pool slab on that side we would prefer not to replace the liner right now. The contractor said that the only option ( other than trying to stretch the liner) is to just leave the liner the way it is and have a small piece of wood ( the section that was added to re-level the top of the pool) exposed between the end of the liner and the coping. This would last for 2-4 years and then when it's time to replace the liner this could be fixed properly with the new liner.

    My question is: if we don't replace the pool liner right now, are there any other options for dealing with the space between the end of the liner and the coping? I thought we would just be able to take several pool liner patches and cover that area with them. Or maybe use a pool liner borderline to cover that area? The contractor said this is not possible. My concern is both aesthetic and functional. Would having an exposed 1.5 high piece of wood between the end of the liner and the coping an acceptable solution for 2-4 years?

    thanks for your advice,
    Pool size: 18x36ft
    Vinyl liner

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    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Re-leveling a sunken pool wall - pool liner question

    It will be ugly, but functional. Maybe. The right thing to do here is replace the liner, but you may be able to limp along for a while by doing something like you describe.
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    Re: Re-leveling a sunken pool wall - pool liner question

    I would put a patch over the hole where the light is and then recut the liner for where the new light hole needs to be.
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