Stock Tank Pool DIY
First and foremost thank you for all of your kind comments on our fun Stock Tank DIY. We’ve been working on this over the last few weeks and your comments on social media have blown us away, it’s been such a fun project. Ok, now buckle up cause this one’s going to be a long one. Here’s how you can take an aluminum cattle feed stock tank and turn it into a pool for under $550!
DIY Stock Tank Pool
*Skip to Step 6 if you don’t want to paint the outside*
Step 1: Purchase an 8ft x 8ft Stock Tank from Tractor Supply
A stock tank is actually short for LIVEstock tank. These tanks are normally used for cattle to feed or drink out of. Purchase an 8ft x 8 ft Stock Tank at Tractor Supply or any hardware/ supply store near you.
Step 2: Wash It Down
A sponge and soap and water is perfect. Obviously you’re buying a new stock tank so just washing it enough to get the dust and dirt off from transporting it is perfect.
Step 3: Sand It Down w/ 80 Grit Sand Paper
Either a sand paper block or a pad will work great, run your sand paper along the outside of the stock tank in no particular order, just rough it up a bit to give it something for the paint to adhere to.
Step 4: Prime The Exterior of The Tank
Any outdoor exterior primer will do but we loved this one by Zinsser. Give it one thin coat with a paint brush.
Step 5: Paint The Pool Any Color You Like
We chose a warm white called White Dove by Benjamin Moore. We rolled the flat parts & brushed the crevasses.
Step 6: Level the ground beneath the stock tank
Using bags of sand & a level. Check if the ground is level, if not spread the bags of sand until flat in the area & check periodically with the level.
Step 7: Drill your hole for your outlet valve
Drill your hole about one foot from the ground in a flat spot on the stock tank using a 2 & 3/4 inch hole saw. This is tough to do, but put a lot of pressure on the saw and push with two hands pulling the trigger until you break through. After you cut the hole, clean out the inside of the tank with water & paper towels, making sure you clean up all the shards of metal left behind.
Step 8: Drill your hole for your inlet valve IF YOU HAVE ONE
IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO SOURCE AN INLET VALVE (because they’re sold out) SKIP THIS STEP & PROCEED TO STEP 9 ALSO READ THE IMPORTANT INFO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!
Step 9: Connect your gasket for your outlet valve
Follow the directions that come with the filter pump that connect your inlet valve & outlet valve to the wall of the pool. It’s a simple connection, put the gasket on the inside of the pool & the nut threads on the outside of the pool.
*Filter pump comes w/ hoses & outlet valve, the outlet valve pushes filtered water back into pool
*Inlet valve is sold separately & is currently sold out, if this is the case for you PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFO at the bottom of this blog post. Inlet valve sucks water out of pool to filter it.
Step 10: Connect one plunger valve to the outside of the outlet valve & the inlet valve
The plunger valves allow you to close the holes incase you need to disconnect your hoses without draining your pool.
Step 11: Connect the hoses to the plunger valves on one end & the filter on the other end.
Follow the picture in the instructions for the pump filter to make sure that you connect the inlet hose & the outlet hose to the right holes on the pump filter.
If you don’t have the inlet valve PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFO at the bottom of this page SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE HOSE FOR THE INLET VALVE.
Step 12: Fill your pool with water
From a garden hose!
Step 13: Once the water line is above both valves test it
By reading the instructions and running your filter to purge the air out of it.
-If you’re reading this that means the inlet valves are still sold out. THIS IS OK, don’t panic! This happened to us too, you just need to follow this important step in the mean time until inlet valves are in stock & you can purchase one/ put one in.
STEP 1: Place the hose for the inlet valve IN THE POOL
This hose would normally be connected from the filter pump to the inlet valve/ plunger valve. Since you do not have an inlet valve, this hose will hang in the pool to suck the water out of the pool, through the filter & push it back out & through the outlet valve back into the pool.
MAKE SURE YOU CLAMP THE HOSE DOWN connected to the side of the pool whenever you’re running the filter, in the mean time until you can purchase an inlet valve.
WHAT YOU NEED:
We hope this blog post was super helpful and in depth! If you have any other questions please leave them in the comments OR head to our Stock Tank Pool Q&A post! We hope you enjoy your stock tank pool all summer long with friends and family!
Lauren & Chris