Stock Tank Pool

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I asked my husband to help me come up with a solution so we could stay cool in the Texas heat. It can hover around 100 degrees during July and August which make summer no fun. I wanted to be able to garden and have a way to cool down. We got a 6ft. by 2 ft. stock tank from Tractor Supply.
I started by looking at images of small pools and hot tubs. The stock tank caught my eye.
We had to level an area of the yard, make a platform with landscape timbers and decomposed granite.
We purchased a small pool pump from Leslie's Pool Supply. The hoses drape over the side and were threaded through a cinder block to keep them in the pool.[]We can get our water tested monthly. We didn't need to add chlorine because there was so much in our water already.
We added some flower pots.
The temperature of the water usually stays in a range between 75 -85 degrees. It is one of my favorite projects. If I were doing this for small children, I would add plastic mats in the bottom to prevent slipping.

Suggested materials:

  • Decomposed granite, landscape timbers, pool pump  (Home Depot)

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  • Dor28400690
    on Jul 26, 2017

    Can you add choline to the water or will it damage the finish of the tub?
    • PB
      on Oct 19, 2020

      I've done this before. Yes, chlorine will eventually eat through, but the tank will last MANY years. Then it will start rusting. It is still well worth doing and I am inspired by Katie's posting and I am going to do it again. ADVICE: do it!

  • Rosie
    on Aug 21, 2017

    We live in southern California, how do you keep the water cool. ? Great idea for cooling off (if it stays cool)
    • Robbie
      on Mar 27, 2020

      maybe you can make a shade tent..keep it under that will keep it cooler

  • Debbie
    on Nov 16, 2019

    Love this idea. How much did the trough cost.?

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  • Carol Cole
    Carol Cole
    on May 1, 2020

    I love that idea. You made a lot of people happy with this one.

  • Suzie 50
    Suzie 50
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Looks wonderfully cool on a day like today!😥😫great idea!

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