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    I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    I fortunately had an underwater patch kit that I applied to the leak after I discovered it and it appears to be holding for now. This happened last night and the pool is still holding water this morning so that is good right. My concern now is should I do anything else or is there anything else I can do? Where the hole was there is a circular depression about the size of a normal soup bowl. The flow through the hole was obviously getting progressively worse as the sand was being washed out from under the liner and I feel if I had not been swimming for the first time this year that I would not have discovered it and who knows what would have happened if left to run it coarse.

    I now have a patch applied that appears to be holding but it is applied in this bowl like depression where the sand washed out. The hole was close to the edge where the sand is built up in the wedge at the wall and the bottom of the pool is about 1-1/2 feet below grade at that location. I am wondering if I should dig down by the outside of the pool and try to somehow force some sand back under there to fill or raise the depression back up or what? Anyone been there done that before? What should I do next?
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    Re: I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    Trying to get the sand back under there with water in the pool may be a monumental task.

    I think you may have done about all you can do. I would monitor it carefully....sounds like it is a pretty big patch.
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    Re: I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    My gut reaction is to leave it as is, anything you do might make matters worse
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    Re: I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    Thanks fo rthe replys and I agree with what you are both saying but I had to ask having never been there before. Who knows but that there are ways and means that I am not aware of to deal with these issues. Anyway I guess I will take a close look today at it to make sure all is well and then just keep an eye on it. I sure hate the thought of draining the pool to fix this.
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    Re: I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    I am also wondering since I already have a patch in the liner should I think about putting a float switch of some sort on the pool to shut the pump off if the patch should begin to leak again. Any suggestions or advice ?
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    Re: I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    If properly installed patches can last for years, I would keep an eye on it closely for a week or two, then check it occasionally to see if it is starting to peel up, or leak
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    Re: I have a hole in the vinyl liner

    Thanks for the advice Isaac. I certainly dont know much about patching a pool. I just used the patch I bought a year ago in case I needed it at a later date. It is an underwater patch kit sold at the pool store under the name boxer adhesives. I hope its good stuff!
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