Feb 22, 2017

6 Common Above Ground Pool Liner Attachments

The most common above ground pool liners attachments are:

  1. Overlap
  2. J-hook
  3. Regular Bead (standard)
  4. Uni-Bead
  5. EZ-Bead
  6. Johnny Weissmuller and Ester Williams bead

#1 Overlap liner

oval-overlapThe overlap liner is seen from the outside of an above ground swimming pool.  It hangs over the sidewall. Overlap liners can also be built with expandable vinyl material for deeper style bottom pools. There are fewer patterns available with overlap liners. Typically a pattern on a pool liner is at water level. Overlap liners are stretched over the top of the wall when being installed and having extra material overlap liners tend to have larger repetitive patterns that go down below the water line so you do not notice any variations.


#2 Regular Beaded Liner (standard)
beaded-exampleBeaded liners have a bead built into the top of the liner that serves as the attachment. The bead goes into a bead receiver. Bead receivers are first installed at the top of a pool wall during installation and then the bead (standard) snaps into this bead receiver.


#3 J-hook liner

j-hookThese liners have a bead that is shaped like a hook. The hook is installed to the top of the pool wall directly without the need for a bead receiver. These j-hook liners are being phased out by manufacturing  in favor of uni-bead and ez-bead liners.

Special note about J-hook liners:

Often times people try to take a j-hook liner and install it into a bead receiver.  Sometimes it works, but the liner usually falls out after filling. It is important to remember to first remove the bead receivers (if your pool has them) then use the j-hook and attach to the pool wall.”

#4 Uni-Bead liner

uni beaded linerThis liner is produced with a universal bead (known as uni-bead) that works as a j-hook liner or a regular bead (standard).  For J-hook installation the hook is attached to the top of the pool wall directly without  a bead receiver. Uni-bead installs like a regular bead (standard) liner which requires you to cut off the j-hook part of the liner first then install the bead into a bead receiver. This is much easier than it sounds.  The part that is cut is perforated so you only need to cut a half inch. The rest peels off by pulling the j-hook part away from the bead.

#5 EZ_bead liner
EZ-bead is also referred to as “Multi-Bead Liners.” This liner is an improvement of the uni-bead liner. It is also constructed universally and installs as a j-hook and regular bead liner (standard).  The only difference is this universal liner is made so no cutting is necessary. One can attach it as a j-hook by placing the hook part at the top of the pool wall. The regular bead (standard) simply folds onto itself and snaps into a bead receiver.

#6 Johnny Weissmuller and Ester Williams liner

These liners have a thicker bead attachment and are made specifically for these two older aluminum style pools. These pools were popular in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. These pools were produced with a bead track made of aluminum metal that also had a structural purpose. The aluminum metal bead track holds the liner and the top of the pool wall in place. The bead track is also painted to a smooth finish. This smooth finish allows a regular bead liner to slip during installation.

“Special note here: At the Above Ground Pool Builder we have installed thousands regular beaded, uni-beaded and ez-beaded liners into JW and EW metal bead receivers and about 80% it goes just fine to do so. When we have situations where it may be slipping during the installation stage we install a liner lock material which holds the liner into the metal track. Liner lock is a long wedge material specifically designed for this purpose. So when it comes to JW and EW pool liner we say one can use regular bead (standard) liners with liner lock as a backup solution. “


There are the 6 Common Above Ground Pool Liner Attachments. For more information or if you need to order an A.G. pool liner replacement please visit us at www.abovegroundpoolbuilder.com/pool-liner-replacement and we will walk you through the entire process. You can send us pictures and video so we can understand your needs and get you the pool liner you need.

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  1. Rachelle Gjerde Says: April 6, 2018 7:36 pm

    I need info on a liner for above ground pool not steel walls its a colman 18×48 and how to do it


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