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Thread: How do I repair a large section of liner around skimmer box?

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    Hi everyone!
    I've been missing-in-action here (posting) on the TFP forums almost forever ...somehow life just took me over!
    My pool water has always been perfect since using this way of pool care using my old trusty TF-100XL kit (replenished over the years)

    When I built this pool (21' Princeton round/upgrade from 16ft intex) 2 1/2 years ago it was a $300 craigslist buy for this then 8 year old pool. It was a come and take it down and all goes... pump, filter, new spare filter, plumbing, pavers, pole nets, pole brushes, solar cover, winter cover, 1/3 wood deck and a small crate of pool supply's.

    It was buried 18"-20" when I dismantled it, I only went about 14"s other than I did a 68" deep center with a new expandable liner.
    The previous owner did have a small skimmer box leak and the pool wall had some rust but not that bad.
    Now 2 1/2 years later with us using the pool all the time and crazy party's with a zillion kids over trying tidal waves and cannon balls there was always a constant wet area below the skimmer box and this past October while I was out of town the side rusted through and had a blow out pushing the liner out like a huge bubble!

    I drained it down the about 2" from the outside bottom (about 46"s) so I could use 2 layers of galvanized sheet metal to repair the pool wall. Now that now all done and have filled the pool back up to within 5"s from the bottom of the skimmer opening.
    After when I drained the pool we had a heat wave in November then got dry and cold, now the liner is not going to line up the same around the skimmer box hole.

    Looking for any advice to repair this area of the liner for a new skimmer box install.
    I have plenty of section of liner I can use by cutting off some overlap from the backside that's perfect, it was the side facing the fence and is like new.

    How can I go about gluing in a new section over the old liner? What glue?
    I have used this automotive stuff called clear GOOP for other house projects that worked well.
    Considering using that to seal with by overlapping the whole area around the opening then cutting and installing the new skimmer box seal.

    Any idea's will be considered and welcomed!

    Chuck

    Blow out now repaired.


    Outside of pool at skimmer box.


    Inside of pool at skimmer box.


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    Re: How do I repair a large section of liner around skimmer box?

    If it were just a matter of patching the old skimmer opening and cutting a new one I would cut and glue on two patches. The first would overlap the opening by 2" and second would overlap it by 4". Glue on the smaller patch first using a good quality vinyl liner glue. Some folks just use gorrilla glue, however I am afraid that tear angling away from the top of the skimmer may be a problem. If the original liner is still soft and flexible you may be able to patch it. If it is brittle a patch won't hold.
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    Re: How do I repair a large section of liner around skimmer box?

    Yes the liner is still really nice, not brittle at all.
    I'll try and use a small patch on the outside of the liner to pull that tear back together.
    I'll look for some glue that is vinyl specific.
    I didn't think to do a double patch...good idea!
    Anyone else have any thoughts?

    Thanks Chuck
    Swim n Play 21' round, expandable 72" liner, 6FT deep center, buried 14", 12,750 Gallons
    Waterway 1HP-2 speed with 22" Sand filter
    TF-100 test kit
    Thanks to TFP my pool is perfect all the time :party:
    I now suffer from Sparklypoolitis! :whoot:
    I am a Platinum contributor because I want everyone who comes here to Trouble Free Pool to have the same success that I enjoy with my pool and family.

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    Re: How do I repair a large section of liner around skimmer box?

    A double patch is your best bet. i dont know specifically what type of glue it is, but pool stores, walmart, HD, etc sell liner patch kits that have a small bottle of vinyl specifc glue included. Maybe you can just get the glue....

    Also you can get it on Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...nyl+liner+glue
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