Putting Together Your Own Pool Repair Kit: Five Materials And Six Tools You Will Need

Posted on: 25 January 2015

When you want to save money, you learn to do repairs yourself. When it comes to your pool, you definitely want to do your own repairs because you save on the hourly labor rate you would otherwise pay a pool contractor. Most pool repairs are rather simple, and if you have the right materials on hand, you can complete them in no time.

Materials to Fix Any Type of Pool

The five materials you will need to fix any type of pool are:

  • Vinyl pool patches, which you can cut to fit. You can buy them in flat sheets or on a roll, and one side is very sticky. They are made to be waterproof, so do not worry if you get them a little wet during the repairs you make.
  • "Pool patch," a mixture often sold in tubs, comes in either a pre-mixed, semi-liquid or a powder form.
  • Waterproof caulk to prepare the edges of a crack that you want to fill and seal.
  • Fiberglass repair kit, which you may already have on hand if you have had to repair your fiberglass tub or tub surround in your bathroom.
  • Cement. Most pool contractors suggest Portland cement because of the low grit and smooth texture, but a cement meant for pool repair works just as well.

Regardless of what type of pool you have, you now have all of the materials you need to repair it. You will also need some special tools.

Tools Commonly Used to Fix and Repair Pools

Along with the five materials listed above, you should also have a few tools on hand. Chances are, you probably already have a few of these lying around, but if you do not, you can pick them up at your local hardware store. When working with pool repair materials you will need:

  • a trowel, to work with the pool patch or cement.
  • a saws-all, with a diamond bit to cut and grind away rough edges around a crack before you fill it.
  • a hammer.
  • a chisel.
  • a blending drill for the cement, or you can rent a cement mixer when it comes to that.
  • a scissors to cut vinyl patches to fit.

To make things easier on yourself, combine all of these items into one kit, or toolbox, so that when you need the tools and materials to fix your pool you have what you need right in front of you. Now you are ready to repair a vinyl pool, a cement pool or pool deck, a fiberglass pool or fiberglass hot tub, and a plaster pool. If assistance is needed, however, contact a company like Bellar Pools Inc.