New Liner Install

cboneill0099

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Mar 3, 2020
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I'm looking for a little advice. We're having our liner replaced for the first time since we bought the house. The entire liner is pretty much wrinkle free and has seated nicely, except in one corner. It's probably hard to tell from the attached picture but where the liner goes into the corner on both sides, it's off the pool wall about 3 1/2". In the center of the corner it's off the wall about 2". You can also kind of tell in the picture the seam in the center of the corner on the floor is away from the corner. I realize the weight of the water pushes the liner against the wall when it's full, but that seems like it should not be that far off the wall. I was hoping to get some thoughts from people with more experience as this is my first pool.
 

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duraleigh

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Even 2 inches is pretty heavy so if it hasn't touched the wall yet, it may not. I think a call to the installer is probably in order. If he says it will be fine, I would ask him if it doesn't touch the wall when it is full, will he come fix the pool so it does.

If the water expands it to the wall, I think the pressures are minimized. If it doesn't touch when full, I think you have a problem on your hands.
 

Casey

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What is your outside air temp? Is it sunny? These liners need full sun n warm temps to stretch.
 

cboneill0099

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Thanks for the feedback. I did run my concern by them when they came by today and I felt comfortable when they left, but now that it’s filling I’m starting to feel like it’s a bad fit. There’s about a foot and a half of water in the shallow end and I think the real problem is what Jimmy was pointing out, the bottom isn’t close enough to the wall. If I were to step in the area between the floor/wall seam of the liner and the wall of the pool, there would be a solid 3-4 inches of give before it made contact with the floor.

When it was installed on Thursday it was high 60’s and sunny, today was the same.

I have an email out to the company, but being that tomorrow is Sunday I’m thinking I won’t hear back until Monday. I’m debating if I should continue filling it or turn the water off until someone comes out to look at it.
 

Casey

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Certainly wouldn't hurt to shut the water of until you hear back from them. 3" wall gap is a big difference with a ft or so of water.
 

duraleigh

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I think I would shut it down until you had enough reassurance. It seems a pretty easy fix if the liner is simply misaligned to the pool.
 

jimmythegreek

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The liner will stretch with warmth over time both down and out. It wont creep into the corner further tho. When we set them amd vacuum we walk the shallow edge corner amd adjust. The 2 biggest adjustments when setting a liner is watching the seams to be perpendicular to the walls and the shallow floor wall connection including the stairs bottom. Often we vacuum and get a stretch then shut them off and slide it some more where it needs to go. The walls always bow out but water holds them tight after filling. You are there and the best judge of fit. If you know its not right stand your ground and insist they snug it up. The vacuum should stay on until you get almost a foot in the shallow end. Sometimes you need a load of water delivered to get the liner to the point you can hose fill the rest. Have they cut any skimmer, stairs or returns yet
 

doug wilcox

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drop the water down to an inch.
put a ladder mat or pad in the corner.
sand bag the corner, or use a bucket with water.
suck the liner into place with vacuum.
refill the pool.
if there is an air gap in the corner, it will eventually
tear or rip at the top above the water line.
doug