- How Do I Remove a Stain From My Vinyl Pool Liner?
- How to Get Wrinkles Out of Inground Pool Liner
- How to Cut Holes in Pool Liner
- How to Fix a Floating Pool Liner
- Expandable Pool Liner Installation
- How to Buy a Bathtub Liner
- How to Vermiculite a Pool Bottom
- Difference Between a 20-Mil & a 20-Gauge Pool Liner
Many swimming pools are lined with durable vinyl pool liners, which are simple to maintain and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Vinyl pool liners prevent water from leaking and damaging a swimming pool's foundation. Over time, dirt, body oils and grime can collect on a vinyl pool liner, forming stains. Failure to remove these stains can eventually cause a vinyl pool liner to become brittle and crack.
Drain the water out of the pool gradually, according to the pool manufacturer's directions. It is necessary to drain the water before attempting to remove stains from the pool liner.
Scrub the stains on the vinyl liner with a nylon brush. Never use a steel brush on a vinyl pool liner, to prevent damaging the liner.
Apply vinyl pool cleaning solution directly to the stains. Follow the directions on the bottle to determine the exact amount of solution to apply to the stains and how long the solution should set on the stains.
Scrub the stains with the nylon brush until the stains are completely removed from the vinyl liner. You may need to apply more cleaning solution to the stains while scrubbing.
Dampen a soft cloth with water. Rub the cloth over the liner to rinse off the loose debris and cleaning solution.
Place a hose into your empty pool, and turn it on. The weight from the water will help to push out the wrinkles.
Get into the pool. If wrinkles are throughout the liner, start from the center to remove wrinkles. If they are interspersed throughout, work in sections wherever they are.
Use the flat portion of a pool brush to push wrinkles out of the pool liner. Work from the wrinkle towards the outside edge of the pool. Push with a slow, steady pressure. Don't press too firmly to avoid tearing the liner.
Use a plunger to remove small wrinkles in a pool that is already filled. Place the plunger next to the wrinkle and push up and down to help spread the liner from side to side to disperse the liner.
Empty the pool, and hire a professional to reset the liner if the pool is already filled and the liner has numerous large wrinkles.
Install the liner in your above-ground pool and use your marker to mark on the bottom of the liner the drain's location.
Use your razor blade to carefully slice a hole along the marks you made in the previous step.
Begin filling the pool with water. When the water level is approximately 6 inches below the location of your skimmer, turn off the water.
Use your marker to mark out where the next set of holes need to be -- these will be for your skimmer and filter jets -- then carefully cut them out with your razor blade knife. Do not make the holes too large, as this can cause leakage.
Press the pool liner against the wall and floor of the affected area of the pool by using a pole with a pool brush on the end. This can only be done if your pool is not yet filled with water. Pressing the pool liner while adding water to the pool at the same time will prevent wrinkles from forming in the pool liner.
Remove wrinkles in your already full pool by using a toilet plunger. Plunging around the wrinkles will spread out the pool liner in that area, and remove the wrinkles. Do not plunge directly on the wrinkles, but above, below, and around them. This only works if there are a few small wrinkles in your pool liner.
Install at least two well point lines to pump groundwater out of the pool. One well pump line should be installed on each side of the deep end to prevent the liner from floating away from the wall.
Unpack the liner from the box. Unfold it and spread it out in the sun. Examine the entire liner, as well as the seams, for holes.
Place the liner on the edge of the pool. Unroll it so the plug is facing upward. It should be closed.
Rest the seam of the liner at the circumference on the cove. Place the wall of the liner over the top rails. Tie a piece of rope around the entire circumference of the pool, securing the liner. Leave 18 inches of the liner hanging over the edge.
Turn on the hose. Fill the pool, smoothing away the wrinkles in the pool liner with a straight board as the water pours in. While some wrinkling is expected with expandable liners, all efforts should be made to make the liner as smooth as possible. Release the liner sidewall as water causes the liner to settle into place.
Remove the top rails when the water is higher than the cove. The cove is a wedge of foam or sand that offers protection between the liner and pool frame while also preventing the liner from slipping under the wall of the pool.
Secure the liner to the top edge of the metal pool wall with blue coping. Cut the coping to length if necessary. Smooth out the remaining wrinkles.
Determine if your bathtub really needs a liner. If the bathtub has several cracks, stains, discoloration, and mildew then you will need a liner. Before installing the new liner, the old or original bathtub liner will need to be removed. This could cause additional damage to the bathtub. Therefore, you will only want to get another liner if the bathtub is in bad enough shape to replace the liner, but in good enough shape to keep.
Go to a local hardware store. Most major hardware stores such as Home Depot and Lowes will sell and install bathtub liners.
Look online for a bathtub liner. There are several companies that sell bathtub liners online such as beautiful finishes and miracle method. You can install the liner yourself or pay a professional to install the liner.
Choose a liner that matches the color of the bathtub or the decor of the bathroom.
Excavate any soil necessary for the pool installation. Some above ground pools require an excavation for the deep end, while in-ground pools require complete excavation. Make sure the soil left in the excavation is firmly packed without any protruding stones or tree roots.
Pour the dry vermiculite on the soil and level to a thickness of about 2 inches with a rake. Create a uniform layer of the vermiculite across the entire pool bottom. The vermiculite comes in 16-lb. bags with about 4 cubic feet of material.
Wet the vermiculite to the point the material is very damp. Use a tamper, or any other heavy, flat-bottomed tool, to tamp the vermiculite pool bottom. Make sure there are no sharp surfaces or uneven surfaces in the pool bottom that can damage the vinyl liner.
A single mil of thickness can be translated to a gauge of thickness by a simple conversion. Both are dimensions in the English measuring system, not the metric system. Do not confuse mil with millimeter or micron, however. Millimeters and microns are metric measurements. When comparing mil thickness and gauge thickness, the following relationships exist: 1 mil = 0.001 of an inch = 100 gauge = 0.0254 mm.
20-Mil Plastic Usages
Twenty-mil plastic is often used as geo-barrier plastic sheeting. Manufactured with a nylon mesh, rip-preventing layer, this product creates a vapor barrier and erosion prevention tool in landfills and landscaping. Twenty-mil plastic is also used as a vapor barrier in home construction projects and crawlspaces. Twenty-mil polyethylene or vinyl is much thicker than 20-gauge plastic film and would make the best pool liner.
According to the relationship listed in Section 1, a 20-gauge plastic pool liner would be 0.0002 inches thick plastic sheeting. A 20-mil plastic pool liner would be 0.02 inches thick. The difference between one gauge plastic and one mil plastic is a factor of 100.
20-Gauge Polyethylene Usages
Twenty-gauge clear vinyl film is often used as window film and shower curtains. Clear plastic runners that protect tabletop cloths or protect upholstered seats are often made with 20-gauge clear vinyl film.