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Liner Replacement: What to Expect

We strongly ask that you read this entire page. At the very least, read the list below.

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We strongly ask that you read this entire page. At the very least, read the list to the right.

If anything in the list is not 100% clear, click that item to scroll down and get more detail.

Printable Checklist

Download and print this checkist to help make sure you're ready on the day we arrive!

Submit Your Request/Contract

You can submit your information online, or download the contract PDF, print, and mail.

Send Your Deposit

We must receive both your completed contract and your deposit before putting you on our schedule.

The deposit for any liner replacement is $100.

Paypal or Credit/Debit Card

The fastest and easiest option is to complete the online contract and choose to make your deposit by Paypal.

Once we accept your contract, we'll send you a Paypal invoice, which you can pay online.

You don't need a Paypal account. You can use any credit/debit card and complete the process as a "guest."

Mail a Check

If you prefer, you can mail a check to:

Tom Gaudet Construction Corporation
378 Tremont Street
Rehoboth MA 02769

Coordinating the Schedule

Once we've received your contract and deposit, we'll contact you to coordinate a target installation date.

If you hope to be swimming by memorial day, your best chance is by beginning your preparations in March and getting on our list as early as possible.

We'd be happy to talk with you in February!

We know you're anxious about getting your liner installed!

  • When communicating with us, please have the same person who sent the contract communicate. Often we'll get an email asking about an install, and I have no info at all...only to find later... it is under their spouse/partner's name.
  • No need to call, text, and email about the same issue or question (I'll think it is 3 different people). I check my email, voicemail and text messages  daily (but not hourly).
  • If i haven't reached out to you with an install date, I haven't forgotten you. Look at the 10-day forecast. Ask yourself how many days has it been above 60 degrees and sunny since you sent deposit? Each day that is not 60 and sunny, nobody moves up the list.
  • We want you to be happy with your pool. We want to be able to get the liner as wrinkle-free as possible for you.  To achieve this, we need temps in the 60s (minimum), 70s if cloudy. If you don't mind wrinkles in your liner, let us know. Maybe we can do your job sooner.


We begin working as soon as the weather cooperates. Unfortunately, weather doesn't always cooperate.

Weather does cause delays, but we do our best to accommodate all our customers.

We need a day with no rain, no heavy wind, and over 55º.


  • Once the weather cooperates, we work 7 days/week, including holidays.
  • Service dates are given on a first come, first served basis.

  • A date will not be given without a completed contract and deposit.
  • Any target date is dependent on weather. If it rains on your day, your liner will be completed the next workable day. You will not go to the back of the list.
  • You do not need to be home during the installation, as long as we have access to every thing we need and we've made arrangements for final payment.

Prepare for Installation Day

The Pool & Old Liner

Make sure the pool is completely empty before we arrive.

A puddle in the bottom is fine. Several inches of water and wet leaves is not fine and will result in delays and extra cost.

Tip: Once you've pumped the out as much water as you can, it's safe to get in and slice or puncture the bottom of the old liner in several spots. This will allow the remaining water to seep into the ground below and will allow stray leaves to dry out.


Do not puncture the liner to let out more than an inch or two of water. Use a submersible pump to get out as much as possible.

We’ve seen people with several inches to a couple feet of water left. When they slice the liner to let the water go, it washes out support blocks, sand, landscaping, etc. causing job to double in scope/time/money.

Pools with a bowled middle – do not puncture at all. Just move your pump to the deepest part of the pool.

The New Liner

First and most obviously, make sure you actually have the liner. If your dealer needs to special order the lilner, delays can happen.

Secondly, make sure we'll have access to the liner and all needed materials – not locked in a garage or shed.

Buying the right size liner – If you're not certain of the liner/pool size, ask for help. Pools are measured inside wall to inside wall. Ovals measure from longest points (length), and longest point (width). Dig down and find actual bottom of pool to measure height of wall for any beaded liner often a pic or 2 will help us identify pool size/type.

Slat-wall Johnny weismeuller and Ester Williams beaded liners need that type of liner for replacement. If not CERTAIN, please ask before you purchase liner.


Floor pad, armor pad, gorilla pad, rhino shield, etc are ALWAYS a good idea. Wall foam is good idea to keep water warmer longer. It insulates. If buying wall foam, dont forget the glue adhesive (Gladon brand) 2-3 cans per pool needed. We can recommend a store.

New Skimmer Required

We can't guarantee an old skimmer. We will NOT put an old skimmer on, even if it's "pretty new."

When you get your new liner, get a new skimmer along with it to avoid trouble.

If you choose to use your old skimmer, you'll have to put it on yourself. We don't want the call-back for the inevitable leaks.

Things We'll Need

  • the pool completely emptied
  • the new liner
  • new through-wall skimmer and return assembly
  • floor pad, wall foam and adhesive, and foam cove, if applicable.
  • a working electrical outlet
  • a working water spigot
  • enough garden hose to reach the pool area
  • full payment upon completion – cash, cashier, or bank check. Sorry, no credit cards.

Plan for Filling the Pool

Once the liner is installed, you'll want to fill it in stages to get the best result. Filling the pool too soon or too fast could damage the liner.

Immediately after installation, fill the pool with 12-18" of water, then stop.

Let the liner stretch into place for 24-72 hours. Warmer weather and sunlight will make the liner more pliable and will allow you to proceed sooner. Lower temperatures and overcast weather means you should give it a little more time.

Schedule water delivery trucks to fill the pool after the 24-72 hour waiting/stretching period.

  • Initially, you'll fill the pool to 12-18" depth
  • Wait 24-72 hours.

  • Have water delivery trucks finish filling the pool.
  • We will not be able to wait for the pool to fill.

Thanks for taking the time to learn what to expect from your liner replacement!

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