Last week the temperatures rose to over 95 degrees F!!! Thankfully my children have our swimming pool to keep cool in while playing outdoors. It is a 24’X4’ round easy setup pools I purchased at Walmart several years ago. I take it down at the end of each swimming season and setup it near the end of May each year. When I went to set it up this year I was surprised to find that some mice had chewed a hot dog shaped hole in the vinyl wall of the pool! Of all the things outside mice could chew on, why would they want to chew a hole in a vinyl pool wall?!!! Ugh! I went to my local pool supply store and purchased a fresh new pool vinyl repair kit.
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The kit I purchased was a Swimline 4 ounce Pool Vinyl Repair Kit. I have a lot of experience fixing holes in vinyl, having had pools all of my life. I am pretty good at it! Here is how I repaired the hole in this pool liner: First, I prepare the hole. I used a pair of sharp scissors to cut off the jagged edges left by the mouse teeth. I then cleaned both sides of the hole with a cotton ball soaked in isopropyl alcohol. I then cut out a patch about ¾” bigger on all sides of the existing hole. I cut off the corners to have a rounded smooth edge. I made two of these patches – one for inside the pool and one for the outside. I cleaned the patches with the alcohol, then I spread some glue on one of them. I quickly placed the patch over one side of the hole. I then did the same thing with the other patch for the other side of the hole. I smoothed that patch out on both side to remove excess air and glue. I then sandwiched the two sides between to small heavy plates, and added weight on top of it. You need to let the glue dry for at least 24 hours, but I let it dry for two days.
Once the glue dried, I filled the pool with water. The patches held well, but there was a very slight leak trickling down the bottom edge. This is why it is important to make sure the vinyl repair kit can be used under water (not all kits are for under water use). I cut out another patch ¾” bigger than the first one and glued it over the existing patch. That did the trick! The pool hole and leak was completely repaired!
I should also mention that I made my own patches up out of old pool vinyl I had saved from an old pool, for this purpose. Although the vinyl patches supplied with the kit may be fine, I found the kit’s vinyl to be too thin and I do not want a blow out in the side of the pool! The kit included two 23" x 6" clear vinyl patches, two 23" x 5" blue vinyl patches, 4 oz vinyl adhesive, and convenient applicator. You can cut the patches to any size you like…I’ll save these thin patches to repair air leaks in vinyl blow up toys!
Honestly, I am not loyal to this brand of vinyl repair kit. I had previously never heard of it before! I got it because it only cost about $5 compared to the $10+ priced kits found at Walmart and Home Depot. Also, this kit contains 4 ounces of glue compared to less than 2 ounces in competing kits. The folks at National Pool Center, where I purchased the kit, highly recommended the kit to me.
I would recommend this kit for anyone wishing to patch vinyl. It can be used on other vinyl repairs as well as for pools. Items such as vinyl air mattresses, rain coats, furniture covers, pool toys, tarps – and a whole bunch more. It has been over a month since I have repaired the hole in my pool and it is holding up very well. Thanks for reading my review and best wishes for a nice summer!
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