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How do you repair a hole in an above ground pool?

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2015-07-15 21:48:01
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Go to your nearest pool store and ask them for a vinyl repair kit. They are pretty cheap. Bring a water sample with you. Most pool stores will test your water for free. When you get home with the kit, open it up. It will contain a piece of clear vinyl and some glue. Cut a piece of the patch material that will cover the hole and about an inch around it. Then put glue on one side of the patch, cover it completely then fold the patch in half. Go under the water to the hole. Unfold the patch and quickly push the patch down over the hole. Stand up and stand on the patch for a minute. If the hole is to big for the patch kit, you are going to need a new liner. Folding the patch in half keeps the water from getting to the glue.

The previous answer to this question is almost word for word what's printed on the box that this vinyl patch kit is sold in. (for $12.00 in my area...more than a tad over-priced!) The vinyl in this particular kit is very thin, and I wouldn't trust it for much more than a pin-sized hole. Better to ask your dealer to order a patch kit for you right from the manufacturer of your particular pool. The patch kit is certain to be a heavier grade vinyl that the "off the shelf" repair kit. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly for best results. I also bought this kit and followed the steps outlined above. After five tries (I used all the vinyl in the repair kit) the patch would not adhere to the liner. As soon as I unfolded the patch under water, the adhesive turned white and lost its stickiness. I am wondering if this is because I use Baquacil instead of chlorine. The repair kit does say to not use soap, which is technically what Baquacil is. If anyone has insight into this, or another repair method, please let me know. I had two 1mm holes in the side of my pool. I tried the other methods and the decided to use a spare piece of pool plastic (was attached to the air inlet) and araldite (strong adhesive). I used the vinyl patch to reduce the water-flow from the inside ( the stickiness has gone so had to hold it), dried the surface and then stuck the araldite patch to the outside. I held for a few moments and it stopped the leak.

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