How to Install an Inground Pool Liner

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Whether you are installing a new pool and it needs a liner or your existing pool needs a new liner, there is a fairly simple process that, if followed, will result in a near perfect liner installation. When installed correctly, the liner creates a waterproof surface that will last for many years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Shop vacuum
  • Broom with soft bristles
  • Pool liner
  • Socks
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape or spare rags
  • 4 to 6 people
  • Water
  • Inspect the liner track to make sure it is completely free of any debris. If there is anything in the track, use the shop vacuum to remove it. Also inspect the pool itself for projections that might cause a rip in the liner during installation.

  • Remove the liner from the box while heeding the direction on the arrows. Unroll the liner and hold it over the pool beginning at the deep end. Have the additional people hold onto the pool liner as it is being unrolled over the pool. Make sure that the liner is aligned with the corners of the pool before proceeding to the next step.

  • Place the liner into the liner track starting with the deep end of the pool. Continue putting the liner into the track until has been placed as such around the entire pool. Keep in mind where the drain box is located.

  • Using the broom, begin to sweep the liner lightly to stretch it out into the pool base. Use stocking feet to push the liner into corners and to make sure that all of the wrinkles are removed from the liner.

  • Enter the shop vacuum into the area between the skimmer and the pool liner. Use either duct tape or rags to create a seal. Turn on the vacuum and allow it to suck the remainder of the air out of the area between the liner and the pool base. Do not turn the vacuum off.

  • Cut a small slice in the liner where the drain box is located. Then screw on the drain box cover ensuring that the liner stays put underneath the area where it is being screwed on.

  • Begin filling the pool until the water has weighed down the wrinkles that were remaining after installation. At this point, it is OK to turn off the shop vacuum and continue filling the pool.

Tips & Warnings

  • Extra debris can be detrimental to the integrity of the pool liner, so make sure it is all removed before installation begins. Make sure that the liner has been sucked to the pool base before proceeding past the vacuum step.

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