How do you prevent your side walls from buckling from frost heaves?
Most older inground pools are made to not buckle out from the
water pressing against the walls-as opposed to buckling in. We had
sever buckling on several panals over the years and came up with a
simple way to repair AFTER DRAINING POOL ABOUT 4 FEET DOWN:
1. break up concrete above buckled panel (Home depot electric
jackhamer $60 for 4 hours-easy to use)
2. Dig down apprx 3' to the concrete sill (its surrounding the
entire inground pool) Clean out enough width so you can stand in
hole and work.
3. find the triangle looking brace that holds the wall from
buckling out-you'll notice the metal panel is not bolted to it and
is probable 2 inches or more buckled away from it. Clear all dirt 3
feet to left and right of metal triangle(you may need to break more
concrete) all the way down to concrete sill.
4. remove white plastic cap that covers your vinyl liner in area
above buckle and pull or work out the liner from the groove it sits
in in THAT AREA ONLY. You can stretch out the liner away from the
wall with a plastic whiffle ball bat or someone can hold it out for
5. drill 3 holes (top middle bottom) in triangle brace and all
the way through the metal panel pool wall into the pool-(have
someone hold out liner so it doesn't get torn and also hold hand
under where drill will come through to catch metal shavings)
6. Buy a 2' long by 1/8" thick aluminum yardstick looking thing
(Home depot-$5 near all the metal rods and bracings isle)
7. While holding that aluminim bar in pool-under the liner of
course- cover the 3 holes and mark it with a pencil pushed from the
already drilled holes on the outside. Pick up the bar and drill
matching 3 holes.
8. hold aluminum bar in place and push each of 3 1/2"x8" round
head galvanized lag bolts (threaded from top to bottom-some home
depots only sell bolts threaded at very end) You may have to make
the holes in aluminum bar wider to accomodate the squared area near
rounded heads of bolts so it sits in better)
9. Push bolts through till they enter through steel triangle
support-use galvanized 1/2" washer and nut and tighten each till
pool wall touches the steel triangle support.
10. Cover all with duct tape, and then put liner back in groove,
cover with the white plastic cap-fill in hole-pour new
concrete-DONE!!!!-I've done this in several areas of our 30+ year
old inground pool and it works GREAT!!!