The Hot Trend Of The Summer: Stock Tank Pools
Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
For many of us, summer means poolsnbsp;time. But if you live in an area wherenbsp;you depend on being able to use a community pool or recreation center, that might be questionable at this time. And building a pool is so expensive and time-consuming.nbsp;
Thats why were loving stock tank pools right now.
What is a stock tank pool?
Heres an idea: Instead of dropping a ton of cash just to stay cool for a few hours at a time this summer, you may want to consider the humble, yet far more affordable, galvanized stock tank swimming pool also known as a water trough pool,said Country Living. These inexpensive farm staples were originally designed as water troughs for livestock, its true. But thats part of their country-chic appeal. Nowadays, stock tank swimming pools have been popping up in backyards across the country.
Whatever stigmanbsp;stillnbsp;remains aroundnbsp;traditional above-groundnbsp;pools, stock tank pools have managednbsp;to sidestep itnbsp;by embracingnbsp;their farmhouse cache. Its not lost on us that you can order your stock tank from a tractor supplyif you can even find one.nbsp;
Heres how to make a splash with a stock tank pool in yournbsp;own backyard.
Pick your size
You can find common galvanized stock tanks with a round, 10-foot diameter size, but theyre hard to come by. More common are eight-foot versions, but, as their popularity grows, theyre also challenging to secure.nbsp;
There are also six-foot tanks and oval options, but they dont necessarily provide the same kind of swimming experience.
Pick your spot
Where youre going to put your stock tank pool is just as important as the pool itself. Without a level foundation, youll have leaks.nbsp;
Job one is obviously selecting the site for your stock tank pool. Youll need to prepare the area by creating a solid, level base, said Tractor Supply. You could use compacted sand, or even crushed granite. But, its very important to ensure that its a smooth surface, free of any rocks or sharp edges. The same is true whether you plan to use the stock tank for an above-ground pool, or want to dig out enough soil to create an in-ground version. If digging a hole for an in-ground pool, remember to allow enough space behind the pool to accommodate the pump and hoses.
Add your accessories
And by accessories, we mean two things: design and function.
First, lets talk about function. A stock tank pool isnt as easy to set up as a kiddie pool. You could just fill it with water and call it a day, but youll end up swimming in gunk. And standing water can also attract mosquitos, which is probably not one of your goals.nbsp;
Take a cue from the Hey Wanderer blog, which can walk you through the pump and the chlorine and all the supplies youll need and steps youll want to take to get the pool up and running.
Now that youve got your stock tank set up, its time to make it fancy. While the tank alone has its own distinct vibe, it can be dressed up in any number of ways.nbsp;
Paint the metal, build deck seating around it, hang lights and incorporate tikis to create a tropical getaway feelthe skys the limit. We love this rattan surround, which gives you bench seating and a shelf to hold your drinks Were intonbsp; the whole setup here with the umb>
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