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Bead Types

Standard Bead

Standard bead is designed to slip into a standard bead receiver, or "track", which may be found at the top of your pool wall. On in-grounds, the bead receiver will be horizontal, while above-grounds will have the receiver hanging on the pool wall.

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Standard Bead 
Side Profile
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Above-Ground Receiver
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Multi Bead
(Unibead, J Hook,
also fits Standard)

Multibead consists of a J-hook and standard bead combination with the standard bead at the top, rather than at the bottom, as a Unibead liner is designed. The J-hook portion can be placed over the pool wall and secured in place with the "wall stiffener" rail, while the standard bead would fit into a receiver. It allows consumers and installers who want a standard beaded liner with the option to convert to the j-hook style. Multibead also replaces the struggles of overlap liners; however, it is necessary to measure the wall height to ensure proper fitment!

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J-Hook on pool wall
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Esther Williams

Esther Williams bead is specific to Esther Williams® or Johnny Weismeuller® pools. It has a wider profile that will not fit in standard bead receiver tracks, and standard bead will not stay secured in Esther Williams tracks.

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Side Profile
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Above-Ground Receiver
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Most swimming pools use one of these three beading methods.

There are others, including:

Wilkes Bead - specific bead for Wilkes® brand pools

Kayak Bead - specific bead for Kayak® brand pools

It's easy to install your replacement liner by snapping the bead into the track, or simply hanging the J-hook of the multibead over the pool wall!