This pool is one of the best ideas I've ever seen.
It is amazing to have a place to float and cool off during a hot Texas summer.
I love it!
It's very easy to set up and comes together in a matter of hours.
We store our stock tank upside down behind our fence during the off season.
Bill rolled it up to the spot we leveled two years ago.
He installed the drain plug that he made from PVC parts.
This is essential for draining the pool if need be.
It doesn't take long to fill full of water.
Once the stock tank pool was filled, I assembled the hoses, filter and pump.
We use the Intex Krystal Clear Pump- model 603.
It was $65.00.
Attach hoses according to the directions included with the pump.
We had to add length to our hoses and got the additional length at Leslie's Pool Supply.
We added the length because our hoses flop over the side of the tank.
It is not very attractive but I did not want to drill holes into the side of the pool to attach the hoses.
We didn't want any leaks.
Before you plug in the pump, make sure that the hoses and the pump are completely filled with water.
Put the hoses in the water and fill using a garden hose.
Remove cap and add the filter.
Tighten the cap and loosen the little plug in the center.
Water will bubble from the center plug when the pump is filled.
Quickly close the plug.
Please note that the pump does not sit in the pool.
We set it next to the pool on a log or on the retaining wall.
We thread the hoses through a cinder block so they won't flop out of the pool.
The cinder block doubles as a seat or step to get into the pool.
When the outflow hose decreases and the pump makes a slightly different noise, the filter is dirty.
It needs to be changed every few weeks.
Unplug the pump, change the filter and follow the above directions before turning the pump back on.
The pump keeps the water moving so that the pool will not be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Your neighbors will not love you if you are creating a West Nile situation.
Our pool is not in full sun.
Many have asked me if the metal is hot enough to burn me.
The metal can be warm in August but it isn't hot.
I don't know what would happen in other parts of the country.
I don't know what would happen if this was in full sun.
It only gets dappled sunlight throughout the day in our yard.
It can be a bit nippy as soon as it is filled but the pool is quite comfortable once daytime temperatures hit the 90s.
Because it is metal, it cools down at night.
It keeps the water pretty comfortable until August.
Last summer it felt a little "bath tubby" in August but we had several weeks where the temperature was over 100 degrees.
We drained it and refilled it.
I think this stock tank pool is a great addition to a backyard without a pool.
It is affordable.
A six foot by two foot stock tank is available at Tractor Supply for $249.99.
It holds 390 gallons of water.
It was easy to obtain.
Tractor Supply is about 10 minutes away and it fit perfectly in the back of our Ford F150 pick up.
I love setting plants around it. They can get a quick drink with a bucket setting near by.
I love it.
A stock tank pool is easier to set up than you might think.
Why don't you give it a try?
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