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    Underwater repair

    Greetings,

    I just noticed that my pool is loosing a lot of water lately and got to do a little inspection. I found that there is a tear on the liner and now I need to repair it. So, I have some scraps pieces of the liner but I am not sure as to which type of adhesive to use. Also, I do not know anything about doing such type of repair. All help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks. Be well and happy summer

    Miriam
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    Re: Underwater repair

    They sell underwater repair kits. Hardest part is staying under water long enough to place it. Goggles and letting all the air out of your lungs helps to stay under. The hole I had was small enough that I could easily double up the patch. One small patch then a bigger one on top. How big is the tear?
    Mike
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    Re: Underwater repair

    Thanks Mike. I will call my local pool store and hopefully they will have some. My husband will be the diver I guess. If not, I will do my best. The tear is about 2 - 3 inches long. It must have happened this past week, as I noticed the water levels going down too much too fast. I better get on it before it is too late.

    Be well
    Miriam
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    Re: Underwater repair

    Wow, that's pretty big. Worth a try though. My kit came with some large pieces of vinyl.
    Mike
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    6/2010 added 2 button Intex SWG-painless except for when reset
    Switched to BBB from Baquacil (couldn't pay me to go back)

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    Re: Underwater repair

    If you have a friend who scuba dives you can borrow his mask and weight belt.
    Larry in Texas

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    Re: Underwater repair

    Tag teaming is best if you don't have scuba gear and someone that knows how to use it. Most of these patches have to be held in place for a minute or two at least. This should be doable, the largest hole I ever patched was about the size of a persons index finger. As already mentioned a diving weight or two to hang onto and keep you on the bottom will help holding the patch in place. Really anything heavy will work, small exercise dumbbell, etc.
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    Re: Underwater repair

    Thank you all for the help. I was able to patch the tear yesterday. Since it was in a location where my foot could reach. I put the patch in place, smoothed it out, then held it with my toes. I tested after a few hours to see if there was still a leak and it pass the test. I will test it again today, just for extra insurance.
    Be well
    Miriam
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    Hayward Pro-Series High-rate sand filter (S310T)
    Nature2 Zodiac chlorinator

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    Re: Underwater repair

    Nice, good job.
    Mike
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    6/2010 added 2 button Intex SWG-painless except for when reset
    Switched to BBB from Baquacil (couldn't pay me to go back)

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    Re: Underwater repair

    Just for insurance, I would suggest putting a larger patch (at least one inch in all directions) over the first patch. As you've found out, it's not very difficult.
    In the industry, CSP (Certified Service Professional) by the NSPI and it's successor the APSP. My company services over 600 pools every year. I think the practices regularly espoused on this forum (especially the BBB method) are outstanding; however my comments will be often oriented towards the goal of getting it done, and getting it done right now!

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