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Repairing a Vinyl Pool Liner

How to Repair a Swimming Pool Vinyl Liner

in Greece and Cyprus


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The following practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your ex-pat home living in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. After winter is over, look after repairing a pool vinyl liner and attend to the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

A familiar sight each season for many vinyl-liner pool owners is sags or gaps at the track that holds the liner in place. Constant fluctuations in temperature over the winter can cause the vinyl to stretch and pop out at certain spots - most often at corners or where there is plastic trim in a concrete deck that meets with the pool coping. In many cases, the vinyl can be pulled up and snapped back into place in just a few minutes. Dive in!


Practical Steps

Method 1

  1. Boil a kettle of water
  2. Pour the boiling water directly on the sagging vinyl.
  3. As the hot water softens the vinyl, pull the vinyl up and into the track.
  4. Have a dull flat head screwdriver ready to help hold the vinyl in the track as you pull the vinyl up and into place.
  5. For longer splits use wooden clothes-pegs, broken in half and placed along the split every few inches.

Method 2

  1. A safer Option: Get out an extension cord and a hair dryer.
  2. Heat an area of the liner to stretch by holding the blow dryer a couple of inches from the surface and at an angle. Keep the dryer moving so you don't burn the liner, you don't need to superheat it just enough to make it pliable.
  3. Put the liner back in the track. Done.
  4. Be careful that no one is in the pool at the time you are using the hair dryer, as dropping it in the water can be deadly.

Useful Tip

  • Timing is important. It helps if you can have someone else pour on the boiling water, while you pull the liner into the track.


  • Remember that you are using scalding hot water! Be careful where you pour it.
  • Blow dryer method: electricity and water are not friends - if you drop the dryer DO NOT reach for it, unplug the extension cord from the wall.


This is a re-worked article tailor made for the BritsinCrete audience and living on one of the Greek Islands such as Crete or mainland Greece/Cyprus as an ex-pat. Original Author credits are found at the original wikiHow article on How to Repair a Swimming Pool Vinyl Liner. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete to be found on our "Getting a Greek Government approved EOT License" page.

Experiences of foreign residents of Building Swimming Pools in Greece and their comments as well as advice from Brits in Crete.