Just A Few Cheap Materials Turn A Stock Tank Into A Fully-Functioning Pool


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Stock Tank Secrets

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It’s summer, and it’s time for some swimming.


Needless to say, it’s super hot outside, and a lot of us are wanting to go for a dip. I don’t have a pool, but I found a way that I may be able to get one for cheap, and all it involves is a stock tank.

You heard me right, you can make a pool from a stock tank and here’s how.

How It’s Done

First thing’s first: if you want to, you can just fill a stock tank with water and call it a day. Still water tends to turn into more of a pond and collect more dirt and bacteria over time.

If you want a real pool, then you’ll need moving water and filtering chemicals as well as a filtering system. 

With a few additional materials, you can create a full-on pool out of a stock tank. I found a YouTube video by HEY WANDERER that explains exactly how it’s done step by step.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • stock tank
  • above ground pool pump
  • weatherproof silicone sealant
  • hole saw with arbor
  • plunger valves
  • second pool outlet
  • 1-3 rubber washers (or gaskets)
  • strainer nut
  • chlorine tablets
  • floating pool dispenser
  • water testing kit

First, make sure to find a level area to place the stock tank. Cut two holes in the stock tank, one at the top and one at the bottom.

Assemble your parts, the pool pump, the gasket, and so on. Then seal the open crevices.  Sealing these crevices is one of the most important parts. This is what is going to keep the water in the pool.

Now test for leaks. Once you are sure there aren’t any leaks, fill the pool just above the bottom hole. Once again, make sure there’s no leaks. If there aren’t any, fill the rest of the pool up!

Turn the pump on. Make sure both plunger valves are unlocked and open. If the water doesn’t come out, twist off the knob on top of the filter pump to let some air out.

Once water starts coming out, screw it back on, and you’re done! Check out the video below and get started on your own.

Happy swimming!