I know... it is frowned upon. I had scoured the internet before doing it, looking for reassurance but there was none. I have lurked here for several years, only owning an 18' Intex pool with the inflatable ring so I didn't have a lot to add to the discussions.
We recently got a heck of a deal on a used pool. It was originally installed the fall of 2010 by professionals. The owners got relocated and sold their home. The new owners wanted it gone. My husband and I disassembled the pool and have spent many long hours in the sun leveling a spot for it. The liner was folded up wet with the skimmer hole at the top of the fold so we could find it easily. The liner has been sitting on a trailer covered with a tarp since 6/02. I had ordered a new liner just in case we chickened out or the old one was not usable. When we unfolded the liner it was still wet inside ( a good thing) It was a hung liner, we started with the skimmer plate hole, and attached the plate through most all of the original screw holes before we hung the rest. I was really very easy. The liner was soft and pliable, not brittle and 25 gauge. It has been filled up for 4 days with no problems and look perfect (knock on wood).
So now you know someone who did it!
Oh yeah, we didn't sink our pavers either! Just call us rebels!