diy stock tank pool

Take the Plunge: Build a DIY Stock Tank Pool

Your step-by-step guide to creating a backyard pool

Building a DIY stock tank pool is a great way to add a fun and affordable swimming option to your backyard. With a little planning and effort, along with supplies and advice from Murdoch’s, you can have your own stock tank pool up and running in no time. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Plan and Prepare

Before you start building, take the time to carefully plan and prepare. Consider the size and shape that will best suit your needs and fit within your backyard space. Choose a suitable location that is level and provides easy access to a power source for the pool pump. If you’re eyeing your backyard deck for your stock tank pool, take caution and consider the weight of a stock tank filled with water and people. Adequate planning and preparation will ensure a smoother construction process.

Select and Acquire the Stock Tank

Once you have measured the desired size of your stock tank pool, it's time to head to Murdoch’s, the right supplier for the job. The stock tank options at Murdoch’s include three-side, round end, and round stock tanks up to 11 feet. Make arrangements for transportation or delivery of the stock tank to your home, ensuring it arrives safely and on time.

Prepare the Pool Site

Before installing the stock tank pool, properly preparing the pool site is essential. Clear the area of any debris, rocks, roots, or other vegetation that could interfere with the pool's stability or maintenance. Use tools like a level, shovel, and tamper to level and smooth the ground, ensuring a solid foundation for the pool. If the ground is uneven, you may consider creating a raised bed to achieve a level surface.

Check for Leaks

Once the stock tank is in place, checking for any potential leaks before filling it completely is crucial. Fill the tank partially with water and carefully inspect the walls and seams for signs of leakage. If any leaks are detected, drain the water, dry the tank, and seal the leaks using suitable sealants like epoxy. This step will help ensure a watertight and secure pool.

Install the Pool Pump and Filtration System

To keep your stock tank pool clean and properly circulated, installing a pool pump and filtration system is essential. Select a pump and filtration system that is appropriate for the size of your stock tank. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to correctly install the pump, hoses and tubing, and filtration equipment. If you need a hole saw or other tools to get the job done, we’ve got you covered. Double-check all connections and test the system for functionality before proceeding.

Add Additional Features

To enhance your stock tank pool experience, consider adding some additional features. Pool steps or a ladder can provide easy access in and out of the pool, ensuring safety for swimmers of all ages. Additionally, you can explore creative ways to enhance the pool's aesthetics, such as painting the tank, adding decorations, or incorporating landscaping elements around the pool area. If you plan to use chlorine or salt water to treat your pool, the chemicals will slowly eat away at the tank. The best way to prevent this is to add a liner! For comfort or if you are worried about the edges getting too hot in the summer sun, you can easily add a pool noodle around the edge. To do this, just cut down the middle length-wise and attach to the edges of your stock tank.

Fill the Pool

Once all the preparations and installations are complete, it's time to fill your stock tank pool with water. Connect a water hose to a suitable water source and fill the pool gradually, monitoring the water level to prevent overfilling. Take care not to exceed the recommended capacity of the stock tank to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Test and Adjust

After the pool is filled, it's important to test for any potential issues and make necessary adjustments. Check for leaks, ensure the pool is level and stable, and test the water chemistry. Monitor chemical levels such as chlorine and pH, and adjust as needed to maintain a safe and clean swimming environment. Regular testing and adjustments will help ensure your DIY stock tank pool is enjoyable throughout the swimming season.

Enjoy and Maintain

Now that your DIY stock tank pool is ready, it's time to dive in and enjoy! Make the most of your creation and create lasting memories with family and friends. Remember to maintain the pool regularly by skimming debris, vacuuming, and monitoring chemical levels. Following a consistent maintenance routine ensures your stock tank pool remains in excellent condition for years.

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