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How to Install a Rhino Floor Pad with Coping and Wall Foam

Thinking about how to add new life and durability to your old pool? Installing a Rhino floor pad is a great way to smooth the bottom of your pool, and protect it from rocks, grass, heat loss, and leaks. Plus, this under-liner padding will protect your liner. With wall foam and coping added into the mix, you can have a gorgeous and comfortable pool. If you can install the Rhino pad yourself you can save a chunk of cash, and it’s easy!

Step One: Install Above Ground Pool Wall Foam

Before you get started with the Rhino Pad, you’ll need to install the wall foam, which will protect your pool from heat loss and make it more comfortable. Plus, it will smooth out rusty wall sides to provide a better seal and a more durable pool.

First, purchase your wall foam and adhesive. Some of Pool Supplies Canada’s Gladon Waveless wall foam products come with two cans of spray adhesive.

Then, if you’re working with a pre-existing pool, remove everything but the frame of the pool. If this is a new pool, installing the wall foam should be your first step, before installing the liner.

Next, start at the top of the pool, and spray a few feet of pool wall with adhesive.

Then, line up the wall foam with the top of the pool, so it will stay straight as you roll it out. As you roll, you may find it helpful to spray the foam itself to help it adhere.

Continue until the foam covers all the pool wall.

Step Two: Install a Rhino Floor Pad

Once you’ve installed the wall foam, the next step is to install the Rhino floor pad. Start by ensuring you purchase the correct Rhino floor pad for your pool size. Or, your Rhino floor padding may have come included with the Deluxe above ground pool package from Pool Supplies Canada.

Begin by ensuring that your pool is properly excavated and level.

While sand isn’t necessary, we recommend you use it to make the pool floor more comfortable. It must be installed first.

To install the sand, pour a 2-inch layer of sand into the base of the pool. Ensure it is free of debris.

Then, level the sand with a rake, and tamp it.

Once the bottom of the pool is level you should unwrap the Rhino floor pad and lay it into the pool. There’s no need to cut it, it should already fit your pool precisely.

After the Rhino floor pad has been placed the next step is to install your sand cove or foam cove.

Step Three: Install Above Ground Pool Coping

After the Rhino pad is in place you’ll need to install the liner and pool coping to complete the inside of your above ground pool. Pool coping hooks to the edge of the wall, holds the liner securely, and should be slightly tilted away from the pool for best results.

Pool coping is snapped on top of most pool walls. The process is simple so long as you know what kind of liner you have, and match your coping to your liner. Here are the three types of pool liners used for above ground pools:

  • Overlap: These liners run over the edge of the pool and are secured by overlap coping
  • Beaded: Also called standard bead and snap bead, this kind of liner has coping that snaps right onto the top edge of the pool
  • U/J Above Ground Hook Pool Liner: The coping for these liners is shaped like an upside-down U or J. It fits right over the edge of the wall, and the liner hangs off the coping

You can learn more about pool liner types by clicking here.

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