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Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

How To Install A New Pool Liner

Beatrice Reid

Pool liners are made from a heavy vinyl that can expand and shrink. Liners can be plain blue or patterned depending on what style you want and how much you wish to spend. These liners usually last somewhere around 10 years or more if you take good care of your pool. Maintenance should be performed on your pool such as adding the proper chemicals and vacuuming up debris, as well as keeping sharp items out of the pool and away from the liner to prevent ripping or tearing. In the event that you need to replace your liner, follow the instructions below to install a new one:

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Drill
  • Bowl (or bucket to put screws inside)
  • Screwdrivers
  • New liner
  • Shovel
  • Tamper
  • Sand (optional)
  • Utility knife
  • Submersible pump
  • Garden hose


  1. To start, you'll need to empty the water out of your pool. Turn the power to the pool pump and filter off. Use a submersible pump to empty out the water. Use a garden hose to drain the water out and away from your house. Be sure not to flood the yards or homes surrounding your home either.
  2. Once the water is out, disconnect the pump and filter hoses then set them aside.
  3. Begin taking off the top rails and caps. Be sure to set aside the screws and place them into a bucket so they don't get lost. 
  4. Remove the plastic liner clips and set these aside as well. If any are damaged, you should have these replaced.
  5. Use the utility knife and begin cutting the plastic liner into sections to make it easier to carry and dispose of. Remove the pieces from the pool carefully, as they can still be quite heavy.
  6. Once the pool is free of the old liner, inspect the bottom of the pool. Add more sand if you need to add more cushion or to fill in dips or holes. Use a tamper to tamp down the entire pool area to level it out.
  7. When finished tamping, it's time to install the new liner. This is where you will want a few extra hands to help. Begin unfolding the liner and find the center. Place the center in the middle of the pool and unfold it. You should have one or two people on the inside of the pool, then a few people around the outside to help hold the liner.
  8. Unfold the liner so it's even all the way around the pool. Smooth out the bottom to remove wrinkles and allow enough liner around the base of the wall so when the water begins to fill up it doesn't tear the liner.
  9. Once the liner is in place, begin adding the plastic clips and have everyone holding part of the liner. Use the garden hose to simultaneously fill up the pool with water. Filling the pool will take some time, and if you leave it empty for too long the liner can shrink in the sun and tear.
  10. After the clips are in place, begin adding the top rails and caps.
  11. Finish it off by adding the filter and pump hoses. 
  12. Once the water fills up about halfway up the skimmer opening you can turn the pool pump and filter back on.
  13. Add chlorine and stabilizer to the pool once the sun goes down and test it the next day to see if you need any other chemicals.

Adding a new pool liner can be done yourself, but it does require some time and a lot of helping hands. If you aren't up to the task, hire a professional company to do the work for you. Check out a website like http://www.anchorpools.com for more information and assistance.