How to Install a Gorilla Liner

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Install a Gorilla liner pad to protect the vinyl liner of an above ground swimming pool. The Gorilla liner pad is a tough, fibrous one piece base that protects the vinyl from invasive plants like nutgrass, rocks and other sharp objects than can pierce the vinyl and cause leaks. The geotextile construction of the gorilla liner pad makes it an impervious base that won't compress like foam base products. Here's how to install a Gorilla liner.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Shears
  • Clear and level the area where the above ground pool will sit. Remove any sod and rake the area smooth, removing any obvious rocks or other hard, sharp objects. Some above ground pool manufacturers recommend putting down a layer of fine sand, but the Gorilla liner manufacturer says this step is not necessary when you use their product.

  • Determine the dimensions of the pool bottom. Many smaller above ground pools are round, but some are oval and others are rectangular, especially the larger models.

  • Select the appropriate size of Gorilla liner for your pool. Standard round pads range in size from 15 to 33 feet in diameter. Standard oval sizes range from 12 by 24 feet to 18 by 40 feet, and standard rectangular sizes are from 12 by 20 feet to 16 by 32 feet. The pads come in one piece so you don't have to fit sections together or seal the seams yourself.

  • Choose the size that's closest to the dimensions of your pool. You need a Gorilla pad that's slightly larger than your pool bottom to protect the outer edges of the vinyl liner. The pad is only 1/8 of an inch thick, so you can cut any excess off easily with sturdy shears after you set up the pool and fill it with water.

  • Make sure you lay the pad out smoothly with no wrinkles. Once the pad is in place, lay the pool in the middle, spread it out and set it up according to the manufacturer's directions. Take care to keep soil and other debris off the Gorilla liner as you work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Nutgrass is a tough weed that can actually penetrate the vinyl liner and grow up into the pool without the proper protection a Gorilla liner pad provides.

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