How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

Before opening your liner box, check the label! Confirm that the liner is the proper size and pattern. If it is incorrect, DO NOT open the box. Contact your supplier immediately.

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PRO TIP: Install the liner on a warm, windless day. A warm liner is much easier to work with. The minimum temperature should be 65 degrees. If lower, try to warm the liner first.

 

Open your liner box carefully so the liner is not damaged. Do not use sharp objects to open the liner box.

Check the pool floor for levelness. Remove all stones and sharp objects to keep your liner from being punctured. Fill in any footprints and depressions with sifted earth and tamp level. If you have been using a ladder for access over the pool wall, remove it at this time.

 

Note:
Installing the liner will require multiple people. Time to call in some friends.

  • Starting at the liner’s wall seam, place the liner on the top of the pool wall with the print side facing up and the flaps for the seams facing down.

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IMPORTANT! Do not place the liner’s wall seam directly over the skimmer or skimmer return cutouts.

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

  • Hang the liner over the wall making sure that the seam is straight up and down, perpendicular to the floor. This will assure you that the liner begins going over the wall straight.
  • The liner should have the loose end overhanging the outside of the pool by approximately 12”.
  • Hold the loose end and unfold the liner down and across the middle of the pool.
  • Spread the liner so that the seam going around the circumference of the pool base is resting on the cove evenly around the pool. See the diagram.

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

The seam should not be up on the wall, on the pool floor, or shifted to one side. These conditions will cause tightness or stretching of the liner when the pool is being filled.

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PRO TIP: Liners are designed to be able to stretch, however, you want to do this mindfully and gently in order not to rip your liner in the process. Again, installing your liner on a warmer day will allow you to stretch the liner more easily.

There are three types of liners used for Above Ground Pools:

  1. Overlap
  2. Beaded
  3. UniBead Liners (also known as J-Hook Liners). 

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

Overlap Liners

The liner literally overlaps/drapes over the side of your pool wall and is then secured by the pool's top rails.

TIP: If your pool has a deep end, you’ll have an overlap liner. Specifically, an expandable liner. These can range in depth from 60" to 80"+ with the most common being 72". Please note no other liner type will allow for a deeper end in your pool. See more on deep end above ground pools here

You can skip to the instructions for overlap liners here. 

 

How to Install your Above Ground Pool LinerBeaded Liners 

The liner snaps into a bead receiver or track that runs around the top inside portion of your pool.

You will have to had to of ordered the bead receiver or bead track along with your kit in order to install your liner as a beaded liner does not automatically come with it. 

If you ordered your pool kit from Royal Swimming Pools, however, these will have been included with your kit automatically if you chose a beaded liner.

You can skip to the instructions for beaded liners here.

 

How to Install your Above Ground Pool LinerUniBead Liners

UniBead liners are the most popular liner choice for above ground swimming pools.

You can install Unibead, or J-Hook/V-Bead, in 2 separate ways: as a standalone J-hook shown here where you simply "hang" the liner on the wall. Or as a Beaded Liner with a bead receiver as shown under "beaded Liner". 

You can skip to the instructions for unibead liners here.

 

Depending on your liner type follow the appropriate step below:

OVERLAP LINER INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

As you continue to put the liner over the wall, secure the liner by using the plastic coping strips to keep it in place.

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

Adjust the liner so the amount that is overlapped on the outside of the pool wall is consistent around the entire pool.

If you end up with excess material in a certain area, continue around the pool, pulling the excess liner evenly until all overlapping areas have an even amount of material on the outside of the pool.

UNIBEAD LINER (J-HOOK) INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

With a unibead liner, you will not use the plastic coping strips that are packed in the parts carton of your pool. You can discard those pieces if they are included as they only apply to pools with overlap liners.

UniBead liners can be used in two ways; either as a traditional Beaded Liner in a swimming pool that uses a Bead Receiver or as a J-Hook Liner in a pool that does not use a Bead Receiver. We have included both installation techniques below. 

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

J-Hook Without Bead Receiver

Simply open up the bead with your fingers and hang the liner directly on top of the pool wall.

When this is done properly, the only portion on the outside of the pool wall is approximately 1" of the J-Hook. No printed liner material is going over the top of the wall to the outside of the wall.

Make sure the bead is on evenly around the entire pool, and that the liner is hanging straight down from the top of the wall (no diagonal wrinkles).

If the liner is twisting, it is because it is not sitting properly in the pool. Make necessary adjustments before proceeding.

 

Unibead as a Traditional Beaded Liner with a Bead Receiver 

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

To use with a bead receiver, you must trim off the J-Hook Top portion of the UniBead system.  See image.

Using a Utility Knife/Box cutter, CAREFULLY slice in between the grove already existing on the Unibead Tear Strip (just above the rectangular beaded portion), approximately 7/8" from the top of the bead. 

See below.

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

Then simply separate the J-Hook section from the Liner by tearing along tear line all the way around the liner. 

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

You'll be left with a Standard Bead. Discard the separated J-Hook section. Install as conventional Beaded Liner (see “Beaded Liner” below).  

BEADED LINER

With a beaded liner, you will not use the plastic coping strips that are packed in the parts carton of many pools. You can discard those pieces if they are included, as they only apply to pools with overlap liners. Instead, you should have received a beaded liner track.

The beaded liner track should be installed onto the pool wall all of the way around the pool.

These pieces should be as close together as possible since leaving spaces between bead tracks can cause liner problems down the road.

Once all of the beaded liner track is on the wall, you snap the liner’s bead into the liner track at four points around the pool; at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions.

How to Install your Above Ground Pool Liner

 

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PRO TIP: You can use masking or electrical tape, if necessary, to hold the liner in place.

 

Make sure that you attach the liner wall perpendicular to the floor of the pool. If you have someone else helping you, start from two opposite positions (9 and 3 or 12 and 6) and work the liner onto the wall from each until they come together.

 

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WARNING! If you do not attach the liner to the wall in this manner, one of two situations will likely occur. Either you will have an excess of material or flap around the wall or you will be short and have to stretch the material to make it fit properly. While liners are designed to be able to stretch, you want to do this mindfully and gently in order not to rip your liner in the process.

 

Situate the liner within the pool until you are satisfied that the liner appears to be evenly distributed. If there are wall wrinkles, shift the liner in the track until the liner is even. Then continue snapping the remainder of the liner into place around the pool.

 

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IMPORTANT! Go around the entire pool again making certain that the liner is securely snapped into the track. This is important to confirm so that the liner does not pull out while under the pressure of being filled with water.

 

Continue to the next step: How to Adjust your Above Ground Pool Liner

 

 

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