How to Clean & Patch a Hole in an Intex Easy Set Above Ground Pool Air Tube

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How to Clean & Patch a Hole in an Intex Easy Set Above Ground Pool Air Tube
A vinyl patch can repair your Intex Easy Set pool (Swimming-belt in swimming-pool. image by Saskia Massink from

An Intex Easy Set Pool is a soft-sided above-ground pool with vinyl sides, supported at the rim with an air-filled tube. The tube must be inflated or the water will not stay in the pool. A tube can be punctured, or a seam can separate. When the air tube on the rim of your Intex Easy Set Pool is damaged, it can be repaired with the kit provided by the company with purchase.

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Things you need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Permanent marker
  • Towel
  • Vinyl patch kit
  • Scissors
  • Vinyl cement

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  1. 1

    Locate the hole by running your hand along the inflated ring. You can also rub the side of the ring exposed to water with dishwashing liquid. Leaking air will create bubbles, helping you spot the hole, according to Intex.

  2. 2

    Mark the hole with a marker.

  3. 3

    Clean the punctured area of the air tube with a towel.

  4. 4

    Cut a round patch from the clear vinyl in the repair kit that came with your Intex Easy Set Pool. The patch should be about an inch in diameter larger than the hole.

  5. 5

    Apply vinyl cement to one side of the patch directly from the tube that came in the repair kit. Wait 10 seconds to let the cement set up.

  6. 6

    Put the patch cement-side down over the hole in the air tube. Center the patch over the hole.

  7. 7

    Deflate the ring slightly. This relieves pressure on the damaged area while the cement cures. Wait 12 hours before fully reinflating the air tube.

Tips and warnings

  • You do not have to remove water from the pool to patch the air tube, according to Intex.

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