Installing a Beaded Pool Liner

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  • 8-12 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 1,500-2000
What You'll Need
Beaded pool liner
Some sand or dirt
What You'll Need
Beaded pool liner
Some sand or dirt

Installing a beaded pool liner for your above-ground swimming pool is much easier than you might imagine. You will probably need some assistance as most pool liners are rather large and cumbersome. This project can generally be completed in 2 hours or so. Here is a guide to help you install a beaded pool liner:

Step 1 - Preparation

Make sure that you install your pool liner on a warm day where the temperature is 75° or more. Drain all of the water out of the pool and remove the old liner. Then, make sure that you use fresh sand, also referred to as pool sand (do not use standard torpedo sand). Finally, make sure that you order the correct size liner for your pool as most manufacturers will not allow you to return opened boxes.

Step 2 - Preparing the Liner

Unpack the liner and get assistance rolling it out in your yard. Allow it to sit in the warm sun for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before installation. Ensure that the seam of the liner is centered on the perimeter of the pool.

Step 3 - Push Out Wrinkles

While slight wrinkling is okay and will not present a problem for your pool liner, you should push out larger wrinkles on the floor of the liner. The liner does not need to be perfectly straight but you should try to make sure the liner is centered and as flat as possible.

Step 4 - Attaching the Beads

First, go to the north corner of the pool and slide the beaded edges of the liner into the groove of the bead track at the top of the pool wall. Then repeat the process for the south, east and west corners. Then attach the northwest, southwest, northeast and southeast corners in that order to ensure the pool liner stretches evenly.

Step 5 - Smooth Out Wrinkles

Once you're satisfied that the beaded edges are attached to the bead track properly, smooth out the wrinkles at the bottom of the pool liner.

Step 6 -Start Filling the Pool With Water

Start filling your pool with water. As the water begins to increase in volume, continue to push the wrinkles out of the liner towards the pool wall to reduce tightness in the corners. Stay inside the pool until it's filled with approximately 3 inches of water.

Step 7 - Continue Filling the Pool

Check the pool every 20 to 30 minutes or so until the water in the pool is approximately 2 feet deep. Continuously check the pool to make sure that the beads do not pull out of the beaded track. If they do, reattach before the pool is too full.

Step 9 - Skimmer and Return Holes

Once the water reaches a depth of about 2 feet, you can then cut the holes for your skimmer and return. Continue filling your pool until it reaches the desired depth.