It’s summertime here at Smith Farm Supply and we want you to stay cool with some great products. Stock tanks make great DIY pools and hot tubs! Here are 3 steps for creating your stock tank pools and hot tubs.
Step 1: Tank size and location Flat & Level
No matter where you put your pool, you’ll need two things for its location: 1) it should be flat: free of rocks, roots, and humps, and 2) the location should be level (minimal or no slope). Many owners already have a spot in their yard that fits this requirement, but double-check with a construction level and visual inspection first. It may pay off to level the area with a shovel and some sand. Add a deck. We highly recommend placing stock tank pools on decks, due to their weight. However, if you decide to place it on a deck, be VERY careful about weight. An 8′ stock tank weighs as much as a large SUV when filled, so be sure the structure can hold it.
Pick a size and shape, round or oval? There are two shapes of stock tanks. The round shape is better for multiple people and kids, allowing room to spread out. Oval stock tanks are long and skinny, so they’re better suited for one or two people. That said, the 8’ round stock tank is by far the most popular.
Step 2: Install the filter pump
One of the most important ways to keep your pool looking clean and feeling fresh all summer is to add a filter pump from Intex. It’s the perfect solution because it filters debris and circulates water. Designed for above ground pools, this pump is a fairly simple DIY to install in a stock tank pool with just four simple parts from Amazon. For detailed instructions, see the video and parts list below!
Step 3: Keep your water clear and blue all summer!
The last step is to maintain the water in your pool throughout the summer. Stock tank pools are great when they’re clean and clear. They’re not so great when murky, grimy, and full of debris, so don’t forget that stock tank pools require maintenance and upkeep.
Maintaining your water
Once you’ve installed the filter pump, simply add one or two 1” chlorinating tabs each week and use a skimmer net to remove larger debris like leaves, twigs, and bugs. In addition, you’ll need to replace the filter occasionally, which can last between 2 weeks and 2 months, depending on much dirt and debris gets in your pool. More details are in the video below.
Stop into your local Smith Farm Supply and pick up a stock tank to start your DIY stock tank pools and hot tubs.
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