How To Install A Beaded Pool Liner

Installing A Beaded Pool Liner

If you currently have a pool that takes an Overlap Pool Liner, you can easily convert it to a pool that takes a Beaded Liner. To do this you need to purchase Bead Receivers which simply slide over the top edge of the pool wall. Converting an Overlap Pool to a Bead Receiver Pool is especially desirable when you are adding a deck or partial deck around the pool. Beaded liners are easier to install than Overlap Pool Liners – there is no guesswork about lining up a pattern and accessing the top edge of the pool can be a challenge when there is deck in the way.

Upon receipt, carefully inspect the pool liner to make sure there was no damage incurred during shipping nor any factory defects. Look over the seams to make sure there are no separations.

Make sure that you have leveled out the earth beneath the liner placement. Ensure that all rocks and pebbles have been removed prior to installing the beaded pool liner.

Picture of pool cove for pool linersYou must use a cove against the pool wall. A Pool Cove can either be purchased or you may use sand to create a wedge between the floor and the pool wall. This “wedge” should be a build up of sand at a 45 degree angle and should measure approximately 4 inches between the floor and the pool wall. The easy to install Pool Cove takes the place of the earth mound as shown in the illustration.

You may use a sand base on the ground beneath your pool liner or you may purchase Floor Padding. Our Floor Padding is a geotextile product that prevents nut grass from growing through your pool liner and is is impervious to almost any sharp object, such as rocks or roots. This product is sometimes called a Gorilla Floor Pad. It also will give your aboveground pool liner a smooth appearance and help prevent footprints or dents which are common when sand is used.

Another item you may wish to use is Wall Foam which is a foam product that lines the pool wall prior to installing the pool liner. It helps prevent rust and corrosion from staining the aboveground pool liner. The wall foam can be attached using Wall Foam Adhesive.

Now that your ground is prepared and your floor and cove are ready, it is time to install the above ground pool liner.

Take off your shoes. Put the beaded pool liner (still in its box) into the center of the pool. Take the pool liner out of the carton. Unfold the liner carefully with the pattern side up. Lay out the aboveground liner so that the seam around the floor is laying centered on the pool cove. Adjust the liner layout until it looks even around the pool.

Once you are satisfied with the pool liner position, you are ready to install the liner. You will notice that there is a hard shaped edge (the bead) at the top of your liner. This edge snaps into a track or Bead Receiver. We recommend that you secure the liner at positions that correspond with the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions on a clock, then fill in the rest.

Turn on your garden hose and begin to fill the pool. DO NOT CUT ANY HOLES for skimmers or returns until the water is just below them.

You may want to use a shop vac to suck the air out from between the pool liner and the pool wall. The skimmer opening must be covered, so cut a piece of cardboard and tape it over the opening. Connect the shop vac to the back side of the return hole where your water returns to the pool and tape it in place. You will need to tape it at an angle, do not attach it level with the floor but at about a 45 degree angle. Turn on the shop vac until the pool liner is against the wall.

You may have some slight wrinkles in the pool liner during the installation process. You can usually work the small wrinkles to the edges if you push them with a soft broom with about 3 to 4 inches of water in the pool. Don’t wait until you have much more water in the pool than this because water is VERY heavy! Do not forcefully drag the liner to the sides.

Take a sigh, admire your work, and enjoy your pool.

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