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    Beaded liner tearing at the bead

    My liner is tearing at the top of the bead where it is inserted into the track. Has anyone else experienced or heard of this? I just finished installation of the pool a month ago. It is a Swimline liner, and their warranty is for 25 years, on the seams! I've got a feeling that I'm gonna get jerked around on this, but I won't know until Monday. When I initially filled the pool, the liner at the bottom was probably 10 to 12 inches away from the wall. As the pool filled up with water the liner acted like a water baloon and expanded to fit the wall. I was extremely nervous as the pool was filling as I have heard of liners taking down the wall down in this manner. So, was the liner too small and this was a stress point, and who's to say if this won't happen again? Now instead of thinking about winterizing, I have to go back to a place I JUST left! This is the pool that shouldn't have been, and I'm just forcing the issue.
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    Re: Beaded liner tearing at the bead

    Sure sounds like the liner is too small.
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    Re: Beaded liner tearing at the bead

    When installing the liner I had thought so too. I can't tell the liner manufacturer that it was too small because that would void the warrranty. They have a drawing of "correct" and an "incorrect" way on their warranty sheet, where correct is the liner touching all sides and the floor of the pool, and incorrect with a void between the wall of the pool and liner. In their eyes I obviously installed it incorrectly. But, I can't make the pool larger than what it is because the bottom track dictates the size.
    18' x 33' AGP
    16,715 gal.
    200 lb. Sand Filter w/Hayward PowerFlo MATRIX 1.5 H.P. 2 Spd. pump
    Stenner Injection Pump System

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    Re: Beaded liner tearing at the bead

    The depth of the cove can have a big impact on how the liner fits.
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    Re: Beaded liner tearing at the bead

    I used Gladdon foam cove. Swimline's drawing of correct & incorrect shows a pretty sizeable cove.
    18' x 33' AGP
    16,715 gal.
    200 lb. Sand Filter w/Hayward PowerFlo MATRIX 1.5 H.P. 2 Spd. pump
    Stenner Injection Pump System

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