DIY & Improvement

Stock Tanks Are An Easy And Affordable Way To Put A Pool In Your Backyard

You can buy one at your local farm supply store!

As the warmer weather rolls around, you’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors — and also wishing there were a way to cool down. Of course, the “simple” solution would be to install a pool in your backyard, but that costs thousands of dollars. Until now! Enter: stock tank pools, a trendy and affordable way to enjoy some fun in the sun this summer.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, stock tanks are what you think they are. They’re intended to be used as water troughs for livestock animals, but now they’re being repurposed as backyard swimming pools. In fact, according to Tractor Supply Co.‘s website, an increasing number of customers are buying stock tanks (you can get one for around $350) to use as swimming pools.

Here’s an example of a stock tank pool, shared on Facebook by a California company called The Urban Farmer:

Honestly, it makes sense simply because of how easy it is to do. Tractor Supply Co. explains the installation steps on their website, and let me tell you — it may not be as easy as turning your pick-up truck into a pool (because yes, that is possible, t00!).

Pick-up Pools

But the stock tank pools look like they will last much longer — and they’re definitely far more backyard-BBQ worthy. That’s for sure!

Here’s another stock tank pool shared by Instagrammer Heather Martin:

Perhaps the most difficult part will be finding the perfect place to position your stock tank swimming pool. You’ve got to make sure it’s a nice flat area, so if you don’t have one, you’re going to have to create one using compacted sand or concrete, for example.

The little boy in this photo, shared by Instagram user mrslaurenash, certainly seems to be enjoying his stock tank swimming pool!

If you want to create an in-ground version, then you’ve got to make sure the area you dig is completely smooth, too.

Here’s a beautiful in-ground stock tank pool surrounded by a stone patio. This one comes courtesy of Kelly Nequist Photography:

Looking better!!! #stocktank #stocktankpool #swimming #summer #backyard

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Once you’ve selected the tank (they come in a variety of sizes), you’ve got to clean it and get it ready to swim in by adding water and making sure you’ve got your pump and tank secured. There are detailed instructions on how to do this on the Tractor Supply Co. website.

From there, the stock tank swimming pool operates pretty much like a conventional pool, except it’s very easy to empty and refill, if need be.

This photo, shared on Instagram by photographer Sasha Eisenman, shows a stock tank swimming pool surrounded by wooden decking.

Once you have your stock tank pool installed, you want to keep it in tip-top shape.

“We use an above ground pool pump/filter,” Annie McCreary, the owner of a stock tank pool, wrote on Instagram. “We do add chlorine as needed, just like a regular pool/spa. I test it daily with the pool strips, [and] I shock it once a week — so easy! If it gets too funky, it’s easy to drain and re-fill.”

Here’s a snap of McCreary’s stock tank pool in a picturesque setting in the woods.

Check out this stock tank swimming pool that’s actually built into the landscaping. It’s hard to tell that it’s not the real deal! This one was shared on Instagram by user Melinda Nichols:

Say hello to your new, easy-to-install summertime swimming hole! Here’s some more Instagram inspiration from user bhivegreen:

Outdoor Office #summernights #stocktankpool

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As a bonus, check out this fun idea on how to make a matching bench to compliment your sweet new pool. To get started, you can find a tank for the bench here. Good luck!

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Check out these awesome pools that are made from old shipping containers:

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