Okay so I decided to tackle this liner replacement myself (with a friend). We followed some instructional videos and it looked easy enough. My sand floor was wrecked from the previous installation and a leak, so I had to add sand (12 bags play sand from home depot), mainly to build up my cove embankment. I smoothed out the sand floor the best I could.
I unwrapped the liner in the pool and centered. I hung the J-Hook liner on the lip of the rim and started smoothing out wrinkles. We used the shop-vac to suck out air, that worked great. However, as much as I tried and tried, there was one side of the pool that just had too much liner material, that I couldn't distribute around to other parts.
My first thought was that maybe I used too much sand, causing excess liner material. But I don't think so now. I think it's not exactly centered, meaning one side is stretched and the other side has droop.
I turned off the hose. Question.. Should I siphon out this water (2" or so) and start over? When the water fills in more, will it smooth out the excess? I don't know - this is beyond my comfort zone but I was trying to save a buck.
Thanks for the advice -
(also - it was close to 100 degrees today, in South Carolina, so that liner was super pliable).
This image shows the extra material in the liner.