Hello everyone, long time lurker but first time poster.
My husband and I purchased a foreclosed home and the previous owners left a 15 X 48 above ground pool. It's a Intex metal frame pool with the vinyl liner. I'm 5'9 and it probably reaches near my collar bone height wise. Anyway, when the weather got warmer I went out and scooped out the gunk because the cover had fallen into the pool and it was full of not just tree debris but the dead carcasses of squirrels and birds. It was filled with about 3 inches of water at the time.
Once I had the inside scooped out I noticed a perfectly round hole a little smaller than a tennis ball on the side of the pool but close to the bottom. In fact it was so perfectly symmetrical that I thought it must have some kind of hose or pump that went there. Well, it didn't sad to say. I'm not sure if a squirrel gave it one last try to get out or what, but I'm left with this hole.
I went to the pool store and I bought a vinyl repair kit with the glue and the sales person said to apply that on top of these like sticker patches and it should work. What. A. Nightmare.
The glue wouldn't stick first, I had a rough time getting it on properly. So, while up late one night I watched an infomercial for FlexSeal. Hey, if it can patch big holes in a boat ...surely it could seal these holes right? Well....not really. I didn't take the messy patches off as they just had a slow dribble leak. I assumed that if I just sprayed the FlexSeal OVER the patches it would gum up and close whatever holes were there.
That didn't work either.
So my question is ... with a hole that big is there anyway to seal it? The patches are not working, should I put something there on the hole and then try and patch it with that there? Or am I wasting time and I do I just need to call it a day and tear the pool down? I've only spent about $40 so far on trying to patch the hole, but I don't want to spend hundreds ....so if you guys have any ideas or things I can try low cost to try and patch this sucker my two kids would be very grateful