I bought a house that came with an above ground pool about 3 years ago. The advice on this forum about how to use bleach to chlorinate the pool totally saved my neck the first year.
The problem is that we've been getting tears in the liner. There was one on the bottom (patched) when we bought the place. By the end of last summer, we were getting lots of tears around the top, at and above the water surface. I don't know how old the liner is, but I figure we need to replace it.
Trouble is - I can't find any place that will install a pool liner. They'll install pools, but not liners. I just called the local pool supply place, and they gave me two numbers, so I'll try those in a moment.
For those who have been through this though, give me some advice -
Should I buy the liner myself and have the installer put it in? I haven't opened the pool yet - do I need to completely drain it before the installer turns up, or is draining the pool part of the service usually? I've heard that above ground pools will collapse if they're drained completely...
Am I being really foolish to have someone come and install a liner? Is this something two people with half a brain between them can do themselves?
How long should a liner last? I can't recall the measurements on the pool (forgive me, I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant and it's 98 degrees today), but does anyone know a rough range on what this should cost?