We're still working on putting up a used 15' x 30' x 48" oval steel wall pool. The ground has been properly leveled. We installed 1/2" extruded polystyrene and a foam cove. We purchased a liner a while ago but found that it was damaged so we had to get another. The pool supply store only had an expandable liner in stock so that's what we're using.
We tried to install it today. It was much harder than I had hoped it would be. We couldn't figure out where the center of the oval should go as there is no center marking on the liner so we took it down. The liner is now laying at the bottom of the pool in 100 degree heat. I hope that won't hurt it. We tried watching some youtube videos but we're still not sure what to do to make this thing fit correctly. Should we take it out and lay it on the lawn and try to fold it in half to find the center? I'm really disgusted that the liner doesn't come with a center mark. This would have made the installation so much easier, in my uneducated opinion.
One installer posted that he completely installs the pool supports including the top rail before putting in the liner. Here is the link: http://www.shadebuilder.com/Above-Groun ... ation.html He then pulls the liner over the top rail until the bottom seam is near the top and begins filling with water while slowly letting the liner fall in. He claims that it's much easier to do it that way. To me, it seems like it would be a lot of work to have to install the top rail and remove it again after the liner is in but I would be willing to do it if it works. Has anyone tried this method? Doesn't it stretch the liner too much so that it fits too loosely once the top rail is removed? Would this method be easier than installing from the inside?
Any advice would be much appreciated. I'm really beginning to loose patience with this project. We've been working on this pool way too long and I hope my kids can swim for at least a couple of weeks before it gets too cold.