Well it's time. I had hoped to wait until next year but the liner had other plans. We learned soon after buying this house that the pool had been poorly maintained in terms of chemistry and brushing the waterline. Lots of staining along the water line and the southern facing wall was cracking and brittle. The CYA was off the charts and there was purple staining and high copper levels due to heavy use of chlorine tabs and copper algaecide. I had an RO treatement performed to reset tbe water. I also had the builder who installed the liner out to patch a hole and try to reseat a corner that had popped out of the track. That's when we learned the full extent of the damage to the liner and were given a warning that the liner would probably not survive more than one season.
Turns out he was right but we had a great year with the pool and I'm glad I learned how to manage the chemistry on an old liner rather than a new one.
So I'm starting this thread to document our remodel of sorts: in addition to a new liner we are also repairing dry rot in the structure and replacing the bead track. This requires removing and replacing the coping which we are actually OK with doing as the existing square brick coping is very rough and scratches up the kids when they climb out the sides, etc. and has almost no overhang. So we will be replacing with a bullnose type coping - maybe the safety grip style if we can find a matching color While we're at it we're going to replace the tiny spa type skimmer with a real one and add a low suction port that will connect to the skimmer much like a main drain could.
I'm sure I'll have questions as we go. I've already spoken with two out of the three vinyl builders here in San Diego. Hopefully the bids aren't outrageous.