Well it was, until recently. I have a 18×39 oval shaped above ground pool which is over 20 years old..With all the snow we have had and ice, some how the liner slipped off one side of pool and all the water drained out. How? density strength. I noticed that some posts supporting the wall of our above ground aluminium oval pool are rusted near the ground. I finally realized that I needed to reinforce the damaged wall’s integrity from top to bottom and not just in the local bad spots. Your pool has panels? That side of the 24 foot round pool that rusted is dug down maybe two feet into the ground and the deck is over that area of ground with not enough working area under the deck to remove the dirt and tighten the bolts. If it’s not in the ground, then something is seriously wrong with your 20 year old pool and it may be time for replacement. we cant get in to fix liner and refill right now..what should we do? The wind caused our pool cover wire to pull up the top caps around 1/2 of our pool. Do you feel this would be a recommended repair? Click here to shop our store. I was thinking 3 ft. The durable sidewalls and increased build strength make the Embassy Pool … Leaks in the liner or the pool wall? You may have bigger problems than a leak. as we are on a well and its very costly to fill we did not want to drain that much out since liner is ok.. we were able to get a thin coating of rubber padding between the liner and the wall, in this spot, so the liner is not resting directly on the metal. I believe that the cord the holds the winter cover on may have been around the skimmer and put stress on the wall around the the skimmer. 2 years ago I had a rust through spot on the wall repaired. Oh I do have the cover on pool which has rain on top and is making cover sink into pool water . This is rarely done, though. Everything went great with one exception. To upgrade the liner or to add a filter, ladder, … Today we had someone grading around our backyard and they poked a hole in the bottom of our brand new pool. Pool Parts Could I use rust remover then spray the panel with rustoleum primer? After cleaning the rust away the hole is 12” in diameter. Many times you can find one with a wall still in good shape & cut out enough of that to lay over the inside of the damaged area and either rivet it in place or bolt it the way the walls are seamed together. I have a similar situation and am looking for your response as well , I have a 24ft. Is there any kind of materials to glue to it and make it stick back to the frame before the whole thing gives way. Thank you Dan. Then we dug out the 5-6 inches (in some spots) out of the earth and sand… some rust and even rusted through in a handful of spots along the bottom… you said that rust toward the top is better than the bottom, so can i take the pool wall and flip it so the part that was in the earth is now on the top? The wall is a different story as it should be patched from the inside. Can they be replaced without tearing the pool down? Yes you can. Maybe a handyman or someone like that. I have a 27ft above ground. Above Ground Pools; Pool Accessories; Pool Liners; Wall Repair Kits; Blog; Shop. Can I paint an approximately 12 or 13 year old above ground pool. I hear you can make some extra cash driving for Uber. Pool Supplies, General Pool Your pool may be repairable if you can find the right guy to fix it. This area is on same side as skimmer right behind where ladder…stays moist due to no sun exposure.. rest of pool from outside looks fine. Pool Filters ALISSA loved the article on how to fix the pool wall and saw one person mentioned getting steel wall sheets from an hvac place – and i want to bolt in a piece as suggested – top to bottom both sides – but i cant. Great Site! I have decided to flip the top to the bottom and seal or path all rusted areas, please let me know if that a good idea. Aluminum above ground pools do not rust or corrode like steel can. There are no leaks or holes or rust that I can feel above the ground level of 2 ft.. Because when I googled metal steel channel…all images shows “U” shaped channels. They corrode too so the same goes with it as steel ones. Does that mean my liner has holes in it in those places? Water somehow got in between the pool wall and the liner and rusted a hole smaller then a penny , not to mention my air pillow somehow popped and the pool froze over completely. If replacing a whole piece of wall, you must use bolts and nuts from top to bottom. More tips can be found on the Pool Wall Repair page. Your new name is The Pool Doctor! Can aluminum rivets be used for wall repair? Liner and repairs are paid in full and have a large deck around the pool that is also pulling away. A pool wall rupture is something you DO NOT want to have happen. The aluminum interlocking pool wall is powder coated with a beautifying enamel that adds a high glossy luster to the finish and further … I recently got a free pool given to me, free doesn’t always mean good… it took 4 hours to take down and looked promising at first, only one major rust spot under the skimmer! We want your pool … Can this be repaired? Then the now top of the pool(which used to be the bottom) is rusty so you may have integrity issues with keeping the top pieces of the pool together and intact. I don’t know if it can be fixed or where to even start. You will need a tape measure to figure out the dimensions of your above ground swimming pool. Basically steel or aluminum coil stock can be purchased in many different widths and might be what you really need. I am looking for the metal stabilizers that fit over the plastic coping clips on a 24ft overlap above ground pool liner. Luckily the liner is not punctured, my husband got his pliers and turned some of the metal away from the liner and then stuffed something between the liner and hole. There’s not many of us that know how and you don’t want someone experimenting on your pool especially if you are responsible for small children. I believe the sand under the pool settled and the liner pulled down the wall as it filled. It’s a 26 ft. round pool. I have an above ground pool with bent and creased wall around the shimmer. Join in and write your own page! I ended up taking the walls down so it didn’t blow down and found 3 other areas of rust on the bottom of the wall. I do this only to protect the new liner I’m about to install from the rust as this repair adds no strength to the wall. A large ice ring had formed and did the damage. Read it here: Above Ground Pool Repair (Part 1) – Rust Around Skimmer, Dan, we have a 15×30 oval pool.. 16 tYears old, aluminum sides, decking and rail. Simply click here to return to. It may not though as the rivets may be no match for the outward pressure from the water. Liner and repairs are paid in full and have a brand new deck large deck around half of the pool. Make sure the nuts and bolts are nice and tight. Rust is the biggest reason for a pool bursting open while it is being used. I would have to see pics to give a better opinion. Hi Dan, If we can’t get the post to snap by in due ti pool crimping in that area where it snaps in at the bottom, is it ok to leave the post not snapped in and just make sure the top rails are in place. The wind damaged it and caused the top panels to jump off and that cause cover problems which led to breaking a upright leg. Many times this is the best decision for them as the wall holds up and they get to have their pool. I highly discourage using "flashing" to repair a pool wall, especially if the damaged area is any bigger than an inch or two. I need 12' of it. My best advice is to scrap steel there is for about thirty bucks and use it to start a new pool fund. How can I remedy the situation? Where can I buy them. I am tempted to do this repair. All of our 24' Round Pools include a blue liner and thru-wall skimmer at no additional charge. This is about and 2 foot area in 6 different places so about 1/2 the wall has damage but not all in one area. I have a rough rust area about 1-2 feet round toward the bottom (from mid all the way to the bottom). You’ve already bought a pricey replacement liner. We had to replace the skimmer a few years back and the seal was never the same. we emptied pool again and called they are saying not there problem. If you do not, we can help identify it for you, follow the instructions here: Identify My Above Ground Pool. I NEED A PIECE OF POOL WALL TO REPAIR MY POOL WHERE CAN I FIND A PIECE. I usually tell the pool owner about it, tape some tin over it, install a new liner and it holds. Hard to say without looking at it. The wall of an above ground pool wall has to hold thousands of pounds of water so if the rust has eaten its way deep into the steel or aluminum, it may no longer be strong enough to hold the water. Thank you Dan for providing such valuable info in such a no-nonsense way. I just let the dogs outside to go to the bathroom to find my aluminum above ground pool liner had torn and pushed out under the side of my pool. Oval Replacement Walls (27) Round Replacement Walls (24) Wall … Now the hole looks more like a crack. If the rust holes are closer to the bottom of the pool’s wall, then that’s worse and should possibly require more than just a simple patch job. PLEASE HELP…. How can I fill my pool? The only way to know if you can do a wall repair is to see the inside of the pool’s wall. Also how think should the sheet metal be ? Can you send in pictures of your wall pattern, upright, top cap, and top ledge to (upload@inyopools.com)? Well, there are three options at this point. While installing a new sand filter we noticed there is a hole at the bottom of the pool that has rusted though, sadly my pool is filled with approximately 18,000 gallons of water. That’s OK though as you would soon find out, because if you do get lucky and find a replacement wall it’ll be way expensive. Any suggestions where to find them ? It’s an Oval pool an measures 15′ 5 1/4″ x 26. Rivets are good at keeping two pieces of metal together but only provide some overall wall integrity. It is also true the farther down the wall the more pressure there is. These would be somewhat generic in nature, unless of course you own an Asahi above ground pool. Sounds like you have a regular wall aluminum pool. If not from splashing, then probably from a hole in the liner somewhere or (if you have a beaded liner) coming down from the top. The length of compromised wall is roughly 5 ft. i have not yet seen the rust but I have felt it thru the liner that it pricked tiny holes in – i patched those just to hobble thru last summer) If i could get an extra long piece – a piece much longer than needed – perhaps 8 ft for a five foot rust spot – would massive amounts of gorilla glue and duct tape work if I need to use something other than bolts? I’ve never seen or done it but I could make it work. THE POOL STORES WONT SELL ME ANY. They were able to insert a 10 inch by 12 inch rigid patch (not sure if it was metal or plastic) between the liner and the inside wall. Well now this spot is leaking again (not sure if tape around patch has failed or what) and I have another rust through spot 10 feet away! I had my landscaper put stone around the pool. At that point in the story, people usually opt to get a whole new pool as the price is just slightly more than for just a wall. However, in some places I have smaller holes or that run along like a dotted line, in one place several feet long. 24' Round Pools. So, unless the hole is closer to the top of the pool, you’ll have to drain if down to repair. Pool is 28,000 gallons 19’x39′. I’ll be looking for GA14 [thickness] and G(90)[zinc amount] – I could try to find G(235), but it may be harder to find and a few coats of Rust-Olium should help. Have you heard of just those panels being replaced or is it a total loss? If i only have a small half inch hole mid way on the wall, do i have to put top to bottom tin sheet or just a smaller sheet 4 inches by 4 with duck tape? I did write to you over last winter, but I don’t think I got a reply. My pool was placed on a sloping lot so the far side is not in the ground or covered by deck. . Thank you Dan. i have an above ground pool and it is a JW type of pool and it needed a new liner, yes it is an old pool but in great shape no rust anywhere in or out, the place island recreation that we bought a new liner from came and inspected my pool and said we need to replace 2 panels so we did and then the came and inspected it again after and said it was perfect to go, I then asked them what they thought of my pool they said it is a great pool and it will last forever had no rust or anything. All of our inground Polymer Pool Kits come standard with Premium Hayward Pool Equipment Products and top of the line 100% American Made Hydra Swimming Pool Panels. I got it up and running now the water is seaping below the skimmer what do I do or can I save it by making new hole with a new piece. I could send pics. The more severe the damage the heavier material would be needed to make the repair. You mentioned to get 4 pieces of metal steel channel. Would it be safe to clean the area from rust, preserve it and put a strip or two of sheet metal over that area? If you felt moisture, then it could’ve been from splashing, taking the cover off, morning dew, ground moisture(if it’s close to the ground),or the last rain. Please help.. Had new liner installed along with rust repair. It’s a bolted in section 48″ in height and about 4 feet wide. Any suggestions on who to call to hire out to repair small rust holes on the upper section of pool wall? Though, there is always the possibility that it won’t hold and I leave the decision up to them. That’s always bad, but you may still be OK. A small rust hole that’s located high up the pool’s wall is usually alright.In that case I will cut a small square of roofing tin or some kind of sheet metal and use duct tape to secure it in place over. I would have to see a couple of really good pics of the bulging area to have an opinion. Hi Wendell. The only way to repair with 100% surety is to bolt a piece of metal from top to bottom. Also ensuring the metal was large enough to reach beyond the nearest upright. I’m very worried it will burst. I say to wait until things dry up and dig the earth away from the outside of the pool wall where it’s caving in. I will replace the liner, can i just patch the wall with a 12″ x 12″ aluminum flat stock. The severity of the damage was not fully explained so we are probably both right. Above ground pools come in round and oval shapes and are made from a wide variety of material. You getting corrosion all the way thru the wall usually means it’s time for a new pool. The area Wendall describes sounds like the lower portion of the wall. We have an 18 year old 16×32 Doughboy oval that I’ve torn down and am restoring. The pool has to be drained if you seriously want to repair this right. From Dan: Above ground pool components were at one time made solely of steel or metal alloys. Any suggestions, I am sitting here sick to my stomach at the moment. Should we empty some of the water out to reduce the pressure? Than paint on flex seal. Should I worry? Can i release the liner from the section of the wall without emptying all the water from the pool? It was used but I’ve gotten new pump filter liner and all and didnt see the wrinkle because the metal wall was rolled up I had a company come out today to install it and once then seen yur big wrinkle they said they cant install it like that so is there anything I can do for that I’m not finding any replacement walls online what so ever. At 21 years old though, unless you are broke, get a new pool. Get some JB weld for water stoppage , it’s like a tube of putty, White outside blue or gray in the middle. Not sure it can bow “inward” if it is full of water. I think it must be dry rotten. The reason for this is not because it’s too expensive, looks bad, or doesn’t hold. I would have to see pics but my concern is that a patched hole in the metal wall shouldn’t cause a hole in the liner. I have the same issue as above and am considering removing pool entirely. SCHEDULE YOUR FREE HOME SITE EVALUATION Islander® Inground Pools View Details Inground Vinyl Pools View Details Above Ground Pools View Details INTEX® Pools View Details Supplies & Accessories View Details ENJOY THE PERFECT POOL … Now that I’m at the point of grinding rust off the wall for new paint, I’ve noticed quite a few perforations around the bottom. The beginning describe me to a t when I took my old liner out….. All surface. Any other way to secure this bottom portion of post? A sinking feeling is experienced when you see that the interior wall is rusty. Just take my word for it. This is only the first year I have a pool ( came with the house I moved into ) should I be concerned can it be repaired or is the pool shot ? An above-ground pool in a mid-century modern house has to remain simple yet elegant just like the one in the picture above. You’ll need to install a piece of wall that is bolted from top to bottom over the old skimmer and return openings. they put liner in and after 7 days ther was a piece of the liner hanging down and I went to place and told them and they said take picture and send it to them and they will let me know what they were going to do and a day later my side by where the liner was coming down blew out. I was going to try some reinforcement ideas but my concern is a blowout since its the bottom of the pool and its out of the track. I know you are not in my area but what do you charge for taking down an 18 x 52 round pool, dispose of it and then install a new one, liner and new sand? The top rail along that section is definitely trashed, but I think I could probably straighten the dents out of the wall. What would you recommend? Yes use quality stainless steel bolts and nuts only. I think you’ll be ok. Just keep an eye on it making sure it doesn’t rust into a bigger hole. You can try that and it may hold. I have it secured by a ten by fifteen inch piece of 3/4 inch plywood so far it remainsin waiting for the final decision. You may find someone to repair it but it is doubtful. I’m sure the pool is beyond repair at this point. TOTAL COST.. We just had a custom liner installed in our above ground pool which has a hopper, 6′ deep end. . It developed 5 pin hole size leaks. Keep in mind that the wall has a memory curve so it’s going to be extra fun getting the wall in the bottom track with the opposing curvature. The pool gets drained and then the existing liner is removed which exposes the interior wall. surprisingly the liner was not damaged at all and there has been no water loss. My hole was 1/4″ but the screwdriver found good metal around a 3″ hole, just a foot below the water level. I thought because it does not rust??? Now the walls are starting to lean in.. is there any way to fix this or is our pool done for? Over the years I have learned by way of trial and error that there is only one true way to repair a wall and that is to add a new piece of wall from top to bottom. I have a total rust through spot at the bottom of the wall and will do the double wall repair as you recommend. Most above ground pool top caps snap on and off. The pool is a 16′ x 32′ rectangle. Where can I purchase metal wall material for my 24' round above ground pool repair? You can always read my blogpost on how to find an installer. Sometimes pool owners will replace their pool because its top rails are too rusty or some of the uprights and pieces of bottom track have rusted out. My question is can this some how be fixed without draining the whole entire pool? I then put jb weld followed by jb welding a piece of medium Guage stainless steel over hole. They put a metal panel around the skimmer and around the return bolting it. Some have openings through the rust. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Stone also can … It is not leaking fast just at a steady drip. The largest individual holes are not larger than a nickel or quarter in diameter. Above Ground Pools. Can this pool be saved? 2 settings, bright (13 LEDs) and dim (5 LEDs) Base attaches light to the interior or exterior of above ground pool wall… This is a viable option for many as they have already purchased a replacement liner and don’t have the money for a new pool. Making sure it doesn’t become a starting point for major corrosion is the important part. A rust hole at the bottom of the wall is much more likely to tear open under pressure and cause a “blowout” than one nearer to the top. Maybe the rust is falling off in small pieces and looks pretty bad and deep. I recommend looking in the local papers or Craigslist for someone giving a pool away. Here you will find a range of pool walls for most pools. I am worried about the pool giving out. Expandable Liners I started building a 18’x 52” pool , leveled ground as good as possible placed blocks under each leg, went by instructions online and started putting wall up and assembling the side legs one at a time, but when I reach the end the pool wall is 2” away from the other end of the wall?… how do I get the ends to meet to get the screws in?….. So, this is what has to be done: Now you’ll have a piece of wall covering the bad place in the existing wall. this above ground pool has a gunite base how would replace outside wall. Most of the time the discovered rust on the inside of the pool wall is just surface rust and not much of an issue. Can I fix this? We noticed that the sides flex when pool is in heavy use. Yes this sounds like you did more than most. Above ground pool parts can be ordered from the site linked to on this page Asahi Above Ground Pools. When they removed the older liner, there was rusting at the skimmer box and return. It’s hard to answer this. the area. It is drained. Hi, we recently put in an above ground pool (24×52) , finally got it filled and have been enjoying it. While mowing my grass I kicked out a rock and put a small hole about 3/4 of the way up the hole is smaller than a dime. Carol I have a 21′ Lomart Whispering winds II that is about 15 yrs old, but in good shape. What now? But I wouldn’t. 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