New liner for uniquely shaped pool eliminates DIY repair
Imagine putting on a diving mask and plunging into your swimming pool, armed with a fancy glue gun of sorts, in order to fix a leak in the vinyl lining. Sound like fun? That’s exactly what Angie’s List member Lynn Sharpe of Winter Springs, Florida, did repeatedly.
“Over the years, I had hired professionals to detect the leaks and fix them, but at $300 a pop, I decided to start to DIY. There was an obvious bad spot in the pool’s deep end, and that’s where the liner would crack and split regularly. Sometimes it would be six months, sometimes six weeks.”
Sharpe’s 25-year-old in-ground pool was supporting a liner that should’ve only lasted 10 years. “It got to the point where there was at least a dozen patches in less than a square foot area,” she says. “I had to start patching patches. The last straw was when I had to patch it twice in one week — and then it cracked again. I knew it was time to replace the liner.”
After speaking with Mike Stansfield, owner of highly rated Atlantic Pool and Spas in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Sharpe knew he was the guy for the job. “He talked me through the entire process and made me feel very much at ease,” she says. “He explained everything in detail that would be done, and that was very much appreciated, as this is a DIY household. What was also much appreciated is that Mike is hands on 100 percent of the time.”
Due to the unique shape of Sharpe’s pool, they utilized a detailed process while replacing the liner, which involved multiple measurements at every step. “It wasn’t a matter of just ripping out the old liner and dropping in a new one like the YouTube videos would have you believe,” Sharpe says. “At the last minute, before the manufacturer began to make our liner, they had Mike come out and make some more measurements. It was crucial.”
All that measuring paid off. After installation, the new liner fit like a glove. “It was as close to a perfect fit as one could ever hope to achieve,” she says. “Once all of the jets, skimmer, drain, and steps were cut in, it was just a matter of filling the pool. By the end of the second day, I went swimming.”