Last year I put a hole in my liner at the end of the season. DH was about to finally stop the leak with some waterproof tape, but we knew the liner would need to be replaced for this year. There is about a foot of water in the pool right now. I want to know how and when I should get ready for the liner replacement.
I haven't purchased the liner or scheduled an appointment yet because I know I need a warm, at least 70, and sunny day. We are still in the 50's and 60's here in NJ.
I know I need to drain the pool, guess I can use a wet/dry vac for that, but I don't want to do it too soon and run the risk of the walls collapsing. However, I don't want to get stuck at the last minute trying to do it. How soon before the install could I safely drain the pool?
Another concern is that, this was a gushing leak, so the ground under that part of the liner was literally washed away. There is actually a hole there now, so I need to know what I should use to fill it back in and level it out. Also, after doing some reading, I don't think there are earth mounds around the wall. Of course, I wouldn't know that until I remove the old liner. If that needs to be done or the ground needs to be smoothed out, is that part of the liner installation? (I am having the pool store where the pool was originally purchased do it)
My last dilemma is that I don't know what kind of liner I have. Since it is a plain liner and overhangs the outside of the pool at least 6 or 7 inches, I am thinking it is just a basic overhang liner. Anyway I can confirm this without removing a top rail? If I do remove a top rail, would I risk a wall collapse?
I have deduced that my pool is a Swim'n Play XL7000 based on where it was purchased and what it looks like. I asked for all the paperwork regarding the pool, but the only thing I got at closing was a CD from Namco on basic pool maintenance.
TIA for your help!