Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share a look into this fun diy project I did a couple of weeks ago; the stock tank swimming pool!
Living in Charleston, SC, it’s an understatement to say that the summers are hot. While they’re beautiful and so much fun, comfortable isn’t necessarily a word that comes to mind. I had been searching for an alternative to the typical plastic or blow up pool for the kids, but also wanted something that the adults could enjoy as well. After coming across some of these stock tank pools on Pinterest I became totally obsessed and knew I had to give it a shot!
Ok! So we started by purchasing the 8’x 2’ stock tank from our local Tractor Supply Co. We were able to get this back to our house thanks to a friend and his truck. I have to say transporting the stock tank itself is going to be the hardest part, but you can do it!
- I decided to spray paint the stock tank in an effort to make it match our backyard decor a little more. I’m not expecting the paint to hold up super well, but we have a plan to build our new deck around the stock tank next summer once we renovate this space. Giving the pool a trial summer first before fully committing...
-Once the paint dried, I moved the pool onto the deck and into the spot I wanted it to stay. (Note: We had our contractor pull up a few boards of the deck to check out what condition it was in. We determined it was sturdy enough to hold the tank and all of the water. So far, so good!) I then used a hole saw drill bit (2 3/4 size) to drill two holes in the side of the tank. *Be sure you have or get the corresponding arbor for your saw and the hole saw drill bit.
- Next, I started adding on all of the attachments for the plnger valves and the hoses. *Please see the linked YouTube tutorial below by Hey Wanderer. They go into more detail and the video is really helpful. I followed their YouTube video step by step! There are a few tutorials out there, but theirs is by far the most informational and easy to follow. (Your pump will also come with instructions. Make sure you read these! I had my hoses mixed up the first time around and had to change a few things out to make it correct.)
-Once I had all of the attachments in place, I used rubber silicone around both the inside and outside of the attachments up against the tank. One layer- then one hour to dry. Then I repeated! Two layers to keep it all nice and tight and prevent leaks.
-After the silicone dried, we filled up the pool! Well...Sunny did. Once it was full, we turned on the pump to get the water moving. I run the pump around 2-4 hours per day. You can put the pump on a timer so you don’t even have to worry about it. We opted to use a floating chlorine dispenser with chlorine tablets. I am looking into switching over to saltwater if we decide to keep the pool permanently.
-As far as keeping it clean goes, it’s been a fairly easy! We use the net to clean out any leaves or debris then fill that baby up with floats and toys. I use a tester kit to test the water every few days. You can also take water into your local pool store and have it checked out to make your chlorine and ph levels are correct.
In an effort to be completely honest, this little pool has brought our family so much joy over the past few weeks we have had it. It gives us a reason to spend more time together outside as a family, while staying cool and having fun doing so! So far we have had no issues whatsoever. I sort of can’t believe it, but it’s true. The water stays cool and clean throughout the day and the tank itself isn’t hot either. If this changes later into the summer, I will be sure to let you know!
Now, I’m working on a way to heat this baby so we can enjoy it through the fall and winter as well.
Thanks for stopping by to check out the pool! Please leave any questions you may have in the comments section. You can also watch the process on my Instagram stories under "Stock tank". Here's some BTS photos of the steps below.
Happy day to you! xx- Erin
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