+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

  1. #1
    tenax is offline Registered+ Widget Weaver tenax 0
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    446

    Default how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    i have an inground pool and noticed after i filled it a few days ago that the liner had slipped out for about a 5 inch span. i played with it a bit in the hot afternoon sun to see if i can stretch it enough to get it up over the ridge and i'm pretty sure i can. last year i did a few spots..not quite as long with the pool full and it worked fine..the question i have is is there some kind of special tool to grab the liner to pull it up? last year, i tried to get screwdriver under the edge like with a bike tire but it didn't work so i used a pair of pliers to grab and pull..because of how much this chunk is out..it's a) a 2 man job i think..one to hold , other to tap in one of the plastic wedges..b) i tried a vice grip to pull and it seemed to work okay but boy, had to pull pretty good.

    like i say, i think i can do it that way, but is there a tool or thoughts on what might make it easier to grab and pull over the top? i don't want to drain the pool after putting in 6,000 gallons of water!

  2. #2
    heatherc is offline Registered+ Thread Analyst heatherc 0
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Southern Ontario
    Posts
    67

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    ...this happens every year to me in a couple of spots...what I do is pour boiling water over the area and use a popsicle stick to push the bead into the track.....I'd be too afraid of ripping the liner by using a screwdriver.

  3. #3
    tenax is offline Registered+ Widget Weaver tenax 0
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    446

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    thanks a bunch, heather..i'll give it a whirl

  4. #4
    tenax is offline Registered+ Widget Weaver tenax 0
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    446

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    just an update and for anyone else with the problem. i bought a strip of the "channel lock" for about 3 bucks..about 8 ft of it.there are 2 kinds at my local pool store..last year, the stuff i bought seemed quite thin and too wide so i had to cut it..was easy to break with even a rubber mallet as well. this time, i bought narrower stuff that seemed a bit thicker. used water at max tap heat that i then nuked for 5 minutes..not boiling but very hot, lowered the pool level about 4 inches (it had been about 3 from the concrete surface before i started) and it worked great. i fixed about 10 spots ranging from about 2 inches wide to the one that started this which was actually 8 inches wide! it's a 20 year old liner or so so it's pretty stiff, but the hot water stretched it nicely and i was able to do a one man job on it. very pleased. i had tried the hair dryer last night to get a sense of how easy to pull but the hot water was a lot safer of course and i think did a better job stretching the vinyl over a larger section as it covered more area..

  5. #5
    heatherc is offline Registered+ Thread Analyst heatherc 0
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Southern Ontario
    Posts
    67

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    ...I forgot to mention that anytime we do this we use liner lock to hold it up....glad you found out about that! Our liner is getting older as well, but the longer this works the better!!...I am hoping to add the liner lock around the whole perimeter this summer just for added measure.

  6. #6
    matt4x4 is offline Lifetime Member Whizbang Spinner matt4x4 2 stars matt4x4 2 stars
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    .
    Posts
    1,583

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    Just a couple of recoomendations if I may:
    DON'T use boiling water - hot - yes, but boiling can damage the liner.
    I'd advise against installing liner lock around the entire perimeter, if it's holding on it's own, great, once you install liner lock, you're stretching something that didn't need it in the first place and risking a crack in the receiver channel as well. Remember that the stuff is all older and has been exposed to UV rays for a long time now, UV rays trend to dry out plastics, making them brittle and the adding of liner lock can split a perfectly good portion of your receiver channel, so unless it really needs it, I'd be leaving it alone.

  7. #7
    Sumo1 is offline Registered+ Weir Watcher Sumo1 0
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    210

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    A friend of mine who has a vinyl pool says he's used thin strips of old credit cards to secure his liner and they worked well. However, he said that even better is to use 8" cable ties with the thick end cut off. Good luck!
    Hal
    20x40 IG gunite free form, approx. 27K gal, 60sq DE filter using powdered cellulose, 2hp pump, Polaris 380, Polaris Autoclear SWCG

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    394

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    I once had a similar problem, used a hair dryer to carefully stretch the liner and pop it back into place. I tucked pennies and dimes in to hold the liner for about a week. After that time everything settled and I took out the loose change and it has been fine for years.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    South Central Texas
    Posts
    143

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    Does this work for an overlap liner? I have about a 2-3 foot section that has dropped down about 3 inches. The liner is about 5 years old and this is the first time this has happened. I have removed two of the top plates and it looks like a long stretch to get it back over the top and underneath the coping strip.

    33' Artesian Echo Canyon Ultra II round with 54" wall 26000 gallon capacity -- 1.5 HP 2 Speed Pump / Pentair 26" Sand Filter with Zeolite filter media
    Aquarite Salt Water Generator -- Complete aluminum deck with fence kit
    Aqualuminator with Fountain -- Solar Pool Lights
    Pool Pictures at the link below
    http://community.webshots.com/album/548241672nKeuyR

  10. #10
    waste is offline PF Support Team Whizbang Spinner waste 3 stars waste 3 stars waste 3 stars
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    S.E Maine
    Age
    48
    Posts
    1,956

    Default Re: how to reattach vinyl liner in spot where it's slipped out of the "channel"

    Quote Originally Posted by gwrace1 View Post
    Does this work for an overlap liner? I have about a 2-3 foot section that has dropped down about 3 inches. The liner is about 5 years old and this is the first time this has happened. I have removed two of the top plates and it looks like a long stretch to get it back over the top and underneath the coping strip.
    With an overlap liner, you need to just remove the top rail and the coping strip and pull it back into 'non wrinkled' If the liner tore, as opposed to just slipping, you might need topatch the area but basically do the same thing.
    Luv & Luk, Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill libraries

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. AGP J-Hook Liner sagged while filling - 1/2 full, 4 foot section slipped 4-6"
    By TequilaWarrior in forum Above-Ground Pool Construction & Repair
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-04-2013, 05:34 PM
  2. Newbie just beginning to understand "free" and "total" chlorine. . .
    By Hainsworth in forum Testing and Adjusting Pool Water Chemistry
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 06-30-2012, 11:17 AM
  3. Stubborn "bathtub ring" around vinyl liner
    By Scetnk in forum Pool Cleaning: Manual or Automatic
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-23-2011, 11:46 AM
  4. Can a leaking Jandy "Check Valve" with clear top be "fixed"?
    By 105ex in forum Pool Equipment & Operations
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-29-2010, 09:17 AM
  5. Esther Williams "Millenium" Pool Install "issue"
    By mrpurrhead in forum In-Ground Pool Construction and Repair
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-12-2006, 11:34 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts