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    Belt rubs against liner

    Hey folks! As I slowly open our pool this year, I added a belt around the bottom to keep the legs in place. Anyway, parts of the belt rub against the liner. It doesn't look bad in this picture, but the other ratchet/clamp on the other side is worse. What can I put in there to relieve the pressure on the liner?
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    Re: Belt rubs against liner

    Those legs, if properly positioned and with the pool full shouldn't be moving around on you. If so, I'd lose that strap. Gonna cause more problems than it should ever be able to solve.
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    Re: Belt rubs against liner

    Last year, the legs moved around all summer, and by the end of the swimming season, the pool was bulging at the bottom. Since mine was just the 16' pool, it didn't come with a rope like some of the others. I read on these forums last year or before of others using the ratchet/strap.
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    Re: Belt rubs against liner

    Use rope. Ours was cotton-ish, like clothesline rope. Not nylon marine-type rope.
    Get at least two people to help... Each of the helpers pulls their end as tight as they can and holds it just to the inside of a leg. You take both ends and tie in a square knot centered between the 2 legs. See below for my attempt at a "sketch."

    || = the leg of the pool
    X = helper
    ___ = rope
    + = you @ the knot

    ___||_X__+__X_||___


    On our pool the rope goes thru guides in between the legs, like the white belt does. Not sure if that matters. I can't tell from your photo if your pool has those. If so, then for whatever reason, your rope was missing, but there should've been one. You could try calling intex....

    Another reply mentioned the legs being "properly positioned." This is really, really important, and the installation instructions with the pool are not clear about how important it it to get the legs set perfectly. This means checking all the way around the pool multiple times as it is filling and using a carpenter's level to adjust and re-adjust the legs to vertical. We had to check ours every 1\2 hour, maybe more. This is also easier if more than one person is helping. Once there is about a foot to foot-and-a-half of water you won't be able to move the legs, because the pool will be too heavy. That's why you have to check so often.

    After the pool is at least 1/2 full and the legs are set.... Then tie the rope. (We waited till it was all the way filled.)
    Oh, and the bottom does bulge out... And the pool frame does flex and move at the joints. It's the way it's designed. The weight of the water is "hung" from the horizontal supports and creates downward pressure which in turn fixes the legs in place. The rope keeps them even, and prevents the pool from "walking" which could happen from the movement of sloshing water creating more force on some legs than others, and the inherent flexing of the joints allowing the legs to give ever so slightly. That's why it's vital that it be set up on a meticulously level area... If it isn't completely level, it will move.

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    Re: Belt rubs against liner

    you could use this underneath the strap, maybe cut it in half and you have it for both sides.. probably not to pretty but would work

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    Re: Belt rubs against liner

    I was thinking something less bulky, like maybe one or two layers of those vinyl kitchen placemats - just cut them out larger than the places where the clamps make contact with pool wall.
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    Re: Belt rubs against liner

    Or, OR (what do you folks think), now that the pool is full, take the belt(s) off and just see what happens?
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