Hi, new here to the forums. I have skimmed through a lot of posts and looked through the pool school and will definitely be using the instructions here to maintain our pool better than it has been in the past.
We have a 16x48 Intex ultraframe that we've used for the past 3 summers. My husband always drained and stored it over the winter rather than leave up and winterize. I just got it set up today and plan to leave it up from now on; however I have found a lot of leaks near the seam between the bottom and the sides. Most of them are more like cracks and are not easily visible from inside but you can see them from the outside. In other words, the outer gray layer is missing and you can see the blue liner from the outside. My kids are in a rush to use it and want me to just patch the leaks but I feel that the liner has become too brittle from storage and I'd be better off just getting a new liner now, rather than having to drain it this fall and deal with that.
Also, I could not find any pool patch kit locally (Walmart, Home Depot) - picked up a patch kit for a pond liner but it is way too thick and doesn't adhere well either, since it is made to go on perfectly dry. So, either way I'm probably ordering off the internet, either for a patch kit or the liner itself. Intex is out of stock of that liner but Amazon has 3 left.