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This page is all about In-Ground Swimming Pool Liner Installation, information about how it's done.
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This page, Sponsored by A-Pro Services, is about In-ground pool liner installation. While we don't expect the average homeowner to replace their own liner, we feel that they should be informed, understand how an in ground liner is measured and installed, and to know what to expect from their installer, as well as what the installer might need from them, so that, when the job is done, the homeowner can be confident, knowing that the job was done correctly, and that they have gotten the most for their money in a beautiful, well fitted, long lasting liner. Of course, when you need your liner replaced, we hope you will choose A-Pro! By nature, the information here is fairly generalized, so if you need more information about swimming pool liner replacement, feel free to contact us by e-mail or at the phone number above - we'll be more than happy to help with all your questions.
Once the pool has been precisely measured, it usually takes 2-3 weeks for your custom liner to be manufactured and shipped. During this time, any major repairs to the pool structure can be made, and preliminary cleaning and preparation done. Your installer or dealer should be able to give you an approximate ship date for your liner, and follow up when there is a ship confirmation. Liner installation should be scheduled accordingly. If the pool is still in use, it should be drained a day or two before the installation date, and prepared for the new liner.
On the day of installation, the pool gets a final cleaning and inspection, and the new gaskets are installed. The liner is placed in the pool according to the way it was folded by the manufacturer, then unfolded and snapped into the bead receiver. It is then adjusted so that it hangs straight and even, and that all the checkpoints, such as corners and breakpoints are lined up. If there are vinyl covered steps, they are attached first, from the bottom step up, often using "pocket rods" to hold the back of the tread tight to the riser. If the liner is to attach to a plastic stair insert, it is usually weighted to hold the liner tightly to the wall.
The installer then places a strong vacuum, designed specifically for installation of swimming pool liners, between the wall and liner, and vacuums the liner into place. After a short time, the liner should be conformed perfectly to the shape of the pool, except for perhaps a small strip along the bottom of the wall.Once the liner is vacuumed into place, the installer verifies the fit of the liner, and checks for any needed adjustments. If adjustments are needed, the installer turns off the vacuum, and waits for the liner to relax. Needed adjustments are made, and the vacuum is turned back on. Once the liner is perfectly held in place, the main drain top gasket, frame, and main drain cover are installed. Once this is done, the pool filling can be started. At this time, the steps are also attached (in the case of plastic stair inserts).
The liner vacuum continues to run until there are a few inches of water in the shallow end, to hold the liner in place. When the water level reaches that point, the installer removes the vacuum, and snaps the liner in place where the intake tube was, checks one last time to see that there are no wrinkles in the liner, (you can't fix them later) and rechecks to make sure the liner is completely snapped into the bead receiver all the way around. At this time, the remaining fittings, such as lights, skimmers, and returns are installed, and filling can resume.
Liner Lock is installed, usually in the corners, and sometimes all the way around the bead of the liner, to help keep the liner from coming out of the track. Some installers use pennies for this purpose, but that's a bit silly, because liner lock is fairly cheap, and looks much better!
If your installer has done his job well, and with proper care, you should have many years of use and enjoyment from your new liner.
First, you may want to check out some of the other links on this site, for tips on choosing your new liner and installer, look at different patterns, and types of liners. If I have done my job well, there is a lot of helpful information here for those who have never had a liner replaced, so you can know where to start. Also, you can get a feel for what you like, and know what questions to ask when you meet with the company representatives. Some people find choosing a liner pattern to be difficult, so it is a good idea to narrow down the choices, so you don't feel like you're rushing the decision. Seeing the samples in your own yard will help make the final decision.
If you are doing it yourself, you probably took the old liner out to measure, as it takes a little bit of practice to measure a pool with the liner and water still in it, and the old liner may not be fully in place. More about that elsewhere.
When you get your new liner, it will be in a perhaps surprisingly small box. If the weather is cold or very hot, you will want to store the liner in the house until you are ready to install it, so that the liner will have an even temperature throughout. Of course, you want to install the liner as soon as possible, because any time the pool is empty, it's structure is compromised. A big rain or hailstorm could cause a lot of damage. Remove all the old fittings and gaskets first, then give the pool a final cleaning. It is usually not a good idea to power wash the interior, because the vermiculite surface is actually not nearly as hard as concrete, and if the last installer or builder didn't do a really good job, the surface can flake off, in a seemingly endless flurry of rubble. A good, fine broom will usually do the job, and I like to finish up with a leaf blower, on the low setting if it has more than one speed. Don't use a straw broom, or a course push broom, because they can leave bristles behind.
Timing the installation is another consideration, because you don't want a blazing sun on one side, while the other side is relatively cool. I personally like to do installations on a cloudy, 85 degree day, but that's a luxury. If it is the middle of the summer, do most of the prep work the day before, leaving only the final cleanup, and start your installation as early in the morning as you can. That way the structure will have cooled overnight, and will be at a fairly even temperature throughout. The important thing is to have the best conditions when you start to vacuum the liner in. If you already have the liner vacuumed into place, the mid-day sun will not make as much difference as it would when you are trying to install a hot side and a cold side.
An old saying in retail sales is that it isn't sold until you have the money. I learned this lesson the hard way. Early in the business, I "sold" a liner, and ordered it without asking for a deposit. When I got the liner in, I called for an appointment to install it. To my surprise, the customer informed me that another company, upon learning that they were not chosen, lowered their price to $200 cheaper than my price on a "closeout" liner that didn't have a full warranty! The customer was selling the house, so absolutely all they cared about was price. I was stuck with an expensive custom fitted liner that I eventually used to cover a wood pile. I will never do that again. If you really want the cheapest thing you can get, tell us up front. We can get factory closeouts, too, with one year warranties. It is almost never a wise choice, but it is your decision. I later learned that it didn't work out too well for the customer, either.
It is common practice to ask for half of the money when the liner is ordered, and the balance due immediately upon completion. If you have researched the company, there is nothing wrong with this policy, it is the policy we now follow. The exchange of money signifies a commitment both on the part of the merchant and the customer. In the case of in ground liners, the merchant will still be money out-of-pocket until the job is finished, so there is added incentive to finish the job promptly. If complications should arise that add to the cost of the job, prices should be negotiated fairly, and you should only pay extra for things that are necessary (or desirable to you) and were were clearly unforeseeable. An established and reputable company will not need to ask for more money at that time, but will defray the added cost until the job is completed. Also, you should not have to pay for additional costs that were added to your bill without them being previously discussed!
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