Just bought a house with a pool. The last few days I have been poring over this great site. Help me get this dang thing full of water please!
I am going to try to send you pictures of the liner. The guy from the pool store came out to take a look at it because I told him that there was no water in the pool when we bought the house (I didn't know this was a problem). I don't know why there was no water in the pool.
There are wrinkles in the bottom of the liner and it does not lay flat against the walls of the pool. It also has damage from the outflow to the bottom (vinyl faded and has wrinkly) from improper chemicals according to the guy from the pool store. The liner is seven or eight years old. I also found one fairly small (1 to 2") rip in the liner. Sounds like that will be easy to repair.
As a result the pool store says it is not worth doing the vacuum thing because they think the liner would spilt because it's dried out, old and damaged. They gave me an estimate of $3,000 to install a new one. The guy that came out did say that I could try waiting for a hot sunny day, filling it with water, and trying to smooth the wrinkles out.
My question: is this worth a try? Is there a downside to it. Having just bought a house we don't have $3K laying around right now. But I don't want my kids staring at an empty pool all summer. I am just hoping I can get through one more summer with this liner.
Sorry, can't get the photos to upload, I think they're too big.