We have an above ground pool with a a few tears in it; from a neighbours dog jumping up on the side. I bought some marine goop and used the patches from the pool kit and it works excellent. I really gooped up the underside of the patch and pool and then once I layed the patch down I gooped over it as well. The marine goop works great because it's for water and it's very flexable.
I hope this helps.
When we had our pool, I repaired some big tears with a patch kit. Just be liberal in using the goopy glue. After they dried, I even put an extra coat on top of the entire patch to make sure it was sealed and would hold. We never had any problems, as long as the hole wasn't on a seam.
try patching first, ours has been patched for 3 years now and holding fine, you can always replace liner if needed later, but try the patch first. Replacing liner is a big expense.
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