Stock Tank Pool Cover

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Given the large nature and complicated logistics of stock tanks, we do not offer refunds, returns, or exchanges. Please make sure you know how you are going to transport your stock tank before you place your order. We do not take responsibility and will not give refunds because of lack of planning. Amanda says, “I couldn’t find anything to help keep the stock tank kid safe that was a ton of money. So I dreamt up this cray idea and was able to make it reality! It fits snuggly into the tank and can hold a grown adult’s weight + then some! It’s been easy to lift in and out and has kept up this season. It’s also easy to cut off a noodle if it gets damaged and replace! Now I can sleep at night knowing even if the littles walk out into the tank from the deck they’re safe!!” We are so excited to share this project from one of our followers with you! Amanda set up her 8ft. stock tank pool in June of 2020. She uses a Swimline 12″ Sand Filter to filter the water. Many people ask us where they can get pool covers, and as you may know, there aren’t too many options. Now let me first say, we do not know of any pool covers that are 100% safe to keep your kids out of the pool. But if you are looking for something to keep most of the debris out, Amanda has got you covered. I want to specifically address all stock tank pool topics. We make zero promises our guarantees when it comes to your stock tank pool. If you follow our DIY, you do so at your own risk. We are not stock tank pool experts or professionals. Amanda created an Instagram story highlight with information on this DIY, so head to her Instagram for instructions on how to make this colorful cover here.We do our best to provide you with up to date and accurate and true to the best of our knowledge information. However, there may be errors, omissions, and/or mistakes.

Not interested in a DIY? If you are just looking for something to keep debris out of the water, try this Intex pool cover or this round furniture cover (it’s fits perfectly over an 8 ft. stock tank.)
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We are not professionals or experts in any of the topics we discuss. Any topic we discuss comes from our personal experiences but not from an area of expertise. Proceed at your own risk.For the most basic DIY stock tank pool, you can buy the stock tank for around $400 from a farm supply store, along with a bucket of chlorine tablets for $65 and a cute chlorine floater for about $15. Fill it with water from your garden hose, and for less than $500, you’re set. (That assumes you have a way to get the stock tank home and into your yard.)

A stock tank pool is exactly what the name implies — a pool made out of a stock tank, AKA a large galvanized metal tub. Is this the same sort of metal tub that farmers use to water livestock? Yes!

You can also get a DIY setup delivered. Sisters Stock and Co. will deliver everything you need for between $845 and $1,195, depending on size, if you live within 50 miles of Austin. Other stock tank pool companies have similar programs, so search for one in your area.
Having trouble getting past the fact that this is an animal watering trough? Rest assured: Part of the appeal of stock tank pools is that they allow for lots of design versatility. So even though they are watering troughs, they don’t necessarily look like water troughs once everything is said and done.If Instagram is any indication, much of this interest centers around the concept of stock tank pools (check out #stocktankpools to see what we mean). It’s an option some aspiring pool owners consider more affordable and accessible but just as much fun as a traditional in- or above-ground swimming pool.

Another option? Order a complete stock-tank pool setup with delivery and installation included. Prices and features vary, but at Sisters Stock and Co., they range from $2,000 to $3,700.
We are no longer supporting IE (Internet Explorer) as we strive to provide site experiences for browsers that support new web standards and security practices.Stock tanks are typically 24 inches deep. They are available in diameters from two feet all the way to 10 feet, but Attal says the eight-foot model is popular for pools. This size holds about 800 gallons of water.

According to a recent home improvement survey by Thumbtack, homeowners are expected to spend upwards of $1,000 on their backyards this summer. “Compared to the same time last year, we’re seeing an increase in interest for backyard upgrades and additions taking outdoor living to the next level,” the report states.
As with any pool, safety is of utmost importance. While these stock tank pools are not inherently unsafe, there are a few important safety-related things to keep in mind.

“In Texas, you see them used for cows and emus,” says Lauren Attal, co-owner of Austin-based Sister Stocks and Co., which sells and installs stock tank pools.

Are stock tank pools plastic or galvanized?
Stock tanks are manufactured of plastic (usually polyethylene) or metal (usually galvanized steel). Plastic or poly tanks are lighter weight and thus easier to transport, and resistant to rust and corrosion. They also conduct less heat so the water stays cool longer.
The DIY duo reveals instructions for building the bench, along with topics like camping, travel, friendship–and of course, all things stock tanks—in their popular blog.

Stock tanks aren’t just for those who lean into a farmhouse style for their decor. In California, Jenny made a stock tank pool fit perfectly with the rest of her 1960s ranch-style home. A selectively landscaped yard adjacent to a fire area with butterfly chair seating makes this DIY pool a standout feature.
Crystal Capps Cole had a vision of the kind of backyard space she wanted, and with some help, she was able to bring it to life. The large deck has plenty of room for lounging and relaxation, and the wood palette back wall is a perfect addition to add plants and hang towels. The stock tank pool, though, takes center stage here—with dual sets of steps surrounding either side for easy access. Take note of the blue pool noodles covering the rim—they add some extra padding for relaxation purposes instead of the usually exposed metal.

The intended use for stock tanks is to fill them with water on farms and ranches for livestock, such as cattle, horses, goats, and sheep. Some stock tankers say their parents or grandparents used them as makeshift pools since they were lying around the farm anyway. People used smaller versions of those galvanized receptacles in the early 20th century as the “Saturday night bath,” a weekly ritual for rural residents who lacked plumbing, hot running water (or just running water), and/or a sewer system. To properly clean and shampoo for church the next day, pots of water were heated on the stove and then poured into a washtub for a cramped but warm bath.In Arizona, a stock tank serves as a cool spot to watch all the dogs running around the yard of this canine rescue facility. The surrounding deck makes the stock tank feel more like an in-ground pool, and the pergola provides some shade to the dogs on lifeguard duty. It can be a refreshing spot for both humans and pets alike.Stock tanks aren’t meant just for the summer months—or at least, they don’t have to be. This stock tank from Harvey House is perfectly hiding inside a garapa wood deck, giving a polished and sleek look to the backyard space. As a bonus, this stock tank isn’t just for a cool refreshing dip on a hot day—a pool heater helps transform the stock tank into a hot tub so it can be enjoyed year-round.Not every stock tank has to be metallic or white–there are other options to choose from. This stunning setup by Carrie Divin on Life My Style Carrie is the perfect dose of dramatic flair and relaxation. This corner has all the essentials for an ideal summer evening: a table with stool seating, lush greenery, a built-in firepit, and, of course, an all-black stock tank. The black fence with string lights as the backdrop sets the tone and invites you to stay in the pool even once the sun begins to set.

You don’t have to go all out when deciding how to decorate; sometimes, simple is best. The small privacy screen for the stock tank pool by Hannah Reesor may not be necessary for this fenced yard, but it’s a great addition, providing a spa-like atmosphere and even offering swimmers some shade. Add a few hooks and you double its use as a spot to hang towels.
Painting your pool only one color doesn’t have to be your only option. This striped stock pool from Danielle Dunn was a DIY masterpiece boasting brown and white stripes all the way around. The neutral color scheme matches the rest of the deck space and truly ties everything together.Lisa Martinez made her stock tank pool into a transitional space. Take a dip in the stock tank pool, grab a towel from the basket, drip dry on the patio, and then kick back in the butterfly chair with your feet up on a pouf. Adding a side table where you can place a drink and a book makes for the perfect summer day.

If you live in an area surrounded by towering trees, an umbrella won’t keep unwanted leaves from cluttering your oasis. The solid rooftop of this shelter keeps the swimmers cool and the pool clean of any falling debris. The wood planks on the siding make the pergola more of an architectural feature—a genius touch.
While adding a stock tank to your yard, it’s easy to focus solely on the tank. However, the landscaping surrounding it can make all the difference. Lisa Stephenson transformed her backyard space by not only including a 9 ft stock tank, but surrounding it with plants galore, as well as neatly streamlined patio stones amongst the pebble gravel.The owners of this stock tank pool have made it such a feature of their yard, they’ve given it its own establishment: the Stoneway Swim Club. With an elevated deck outfitted with matching loungers, this swim club is worth the membership fees. Incorporating the half-deck look, the style is an excellent way to show off your pool and still have a space to lay out and sit when you’re ready to get out.

How do I keep my stock tank pool from rusting?
You can either coat your tank with an epoxy liner (we like Pond Shield by Pond Armor) before rust starts to form, you can upgrade to a Honcho Pool which utilizes a thick poly liner, or we can replace your stock tank at a discounted rate if you purchased your pool from us originally.
Andrew and Mallory Hunter created the ideal hideaway in the backyard space of their aptly named Airstream Island in Atlanta. The stock tank pool, flanked by beautiful greenery and a high fence, gives a dedicated space to relax. The half-moon deck surrounding the stock pool allows space for lounge chairs shaded by the giant beautiful plant fronds above. As an added feature, an outdoor shower was put in place for a quick rinse after a long day. The result is a subtropical paradise.Move over, above-ground pools and kiddie pools. Stock tank pools—those round, shallow, shiny galvanized steel pools that dominate sites like Instagram and Pinterest—are replacing more traditional alternatives to standard in-ground swimming pools. They might be part of the farmhouse trend, industrial chic, desert bohemian, or a do-it-yourselfer’s challenge. They’re known as cowboy pools, hillbilly pools, and trough pools and are seen everywhere from urban rooftops to Texas backyards to glamping spots in the California desert. DIYers add decks, sink them into the ground, and come up with all kinds of creative solutions to personalize the pools and make them work for their outdoor spaces and lifestyles.

There are plenty of ways to design your stock tank pool, though we typically focus on the outside. We love what Hannah Reesor did by changing things up and having a message imprinted at the bottom using a stencil painted with a flex seal. Not only does the result look great, but it serves as a reminder that these pools are for relaxing, not diving in headfirst.
Julie Thompson-Adolf is a Master Gardener and author with over 30 years of experience in year-round organic gardening; seed starting, growing heirlooms, and sustainable farming.When Nashville-based best friends Savannah and Casey set up a stock tank pool the previous year, they thought it might be nice to sit around the pool with their feet dangling in. But not on that uncomfortable edge! “Can’t blame a stock tank—it’s not really what it was made for!” they wrote in their blog, Hey Wanderer. “Anyway, we decided to build a bench this year. It has been fantastic! Being able to sit on the edge with your feet in the water means you’ll be using the heck out of your pool.”

Erin Barrett of Sunwoven shows us how versatile and stunning stock tank pools can be. We love this bright orange one that adds a vibrant dose of cheer to the backyard space. Often, people focus on changing the decor surrounding their pool to personalize the space, but why not look to change the pool itself? On her Instagram page, Erin notes that she switches the paint color of her pool as a way to refresh her backyard every year.
Want to add an extra touch to your stock tank? Try covering it in bamboo rods like this one from Home by Hiliary. The bamboo came from Home Depot but can be found in plenty of home improvement stores. The bamboo was held together by zip ties to keep them in place, and the darker stain color adds a bit of extra depth to the decor. Placing the stock tank at the corner of the patio allows it to feel connected to the rest of the outdoor space, as well as keep it level.This gorgeous patio space from Belle of Designer Mum Etc. is incredibly cozy. The stock tank is nestled right into the patio, surrounded by plenty of candlelight and plant life. The pergola up above is covered in string lights that help illuminate the space in the evenings.

When working with an area that isn’t grassy or an outright deck, some creativity has to come into play. This stock tank arrangement from Willa DiTaranto uses concrete patio stones in rows to allow a person to move across the gravel and take a dip in the pool whenever they feel like it.

Melissa Wyckstandt didn’t stop at merely getting a stock tank pool for her backyard—she opted to build an entire deck surrounding it. The built-in bench at one end of the deck adds plenty of optimum seating, and the four posts at each corner allow for a tarp to cover the entire expanse. As time has gone on, she’s continued to add more plants to the surrounding area, which functions both aesthetically and for privacy.
This wooden panel stock tank is already inviting, especially with the surrounding hedges and “just keep swimming” catchphrase in the background. Holly Valdivia decided to add some stencil work onto her pathway that leads to the tank and is proof that the little details truly matter when creating an atmosphere.

All a person has to do is follow the sparkling lights to find this cute stock tank hideaway at The Yellow Door House. The square concrete stepping stones and the long strands of string lights create a perfect path that leads directly to the stock tank, which has plenty of privacy thanks to the high fence and sizeable outdoor umbrella. Additionally, a few smaller stock tanks surround the back part of the pool and boast small trees—proof that stock tanks can be for more than just swimming, Something to keep in mind about owning one of these pools is storing the mechanisms and other accessories like hoses and cleaning supplies that can keep things running smoothly. You don’t have to leave all of the additional hoses and hookups out in the open. The duo behind Real Sisters Fixer Uppers built a nifty bench-deck combo to hide the unsightly plumbing. Customizing a stock tank pool to your preferences can work in a variety of ways. For this pool from Chloe Elgar, the surrounding deck with stairs make for easy access—whether you’re human or pet. The wood panels surrounding the tank give the impression of a spa-like atmosphere and building the structure to rest against the house mean the pool is never too far for a quick refresh.Fiber artist and textile designer Erin Barrett of Sunwoven turned her stock tank pool into a feature of her ready-for-company backyard. With colorful yellow siding and a swan float, it’s the perfect summer party centerpiece. You can obtain a similar vibe by adding outdoor string lights, a collection of lounge chairs, and an umbrella or other shelter to provide shade.

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What is the downside of a stock tank pool?
The cons of stock tank pools: Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other bugs. If you don’t properly maintain your pool, this will become a problem. While installation and set-up is doable for a moderately handy DIYer, it is nearly impossible to haul stock tank pools on your own.
While the idea of a galvanized stock tank pool may bring images of a rustic scene to mind, there are ways to turn it into something that suits your preferences. This outdoor space by Kelli and Kristi of Lolly Jane Blog is a perfect example—they spray-painted their stock tank a metallic champagne color that brought instant transformation. The stand-alone umbrella, inflatable swan, and stenciled concrete all add equal mixes of fun and elegance that create a relaxing space for all ages.Dig down into the ground, situate your stock tank accordingly, then add a wood platform and some sand: You’ve got yourself a backyard beach. A few rolled towels and a spa-worthy tray of water and snacks make this stock tank pool setup from White Cactus House into a desert oasis.

This stock tank setup by Carolina Stovall of Denver eXp Realty is a perfect example of keeping cool and collected. The galvanized stock tank is the ideal distance away from the fire pit and seating area to ensure no giant splashes will affect other guests, but close enough to allow for conversation and interaction. The entire space is perfectly situated beneath a flowy white tarp to avoid the harsh sun’s rays.
Personalizing a stock tank pool can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint—or, matching it to your shed. This gorgeous, colorful backyard from Jenna Hazel boasts a serene blue for the pool, which already changes the feel. Yet, the back of the shed showcases a mountain sunrise mural that is whimsical and colorful, and the color palette is a perfect fit for the stock tank.Bamboo walling and water-patterned lining make this stock tank pool look like a natural part of the environment. Blogger Cuckoo4Design positioned it in the side of her yard and built a rock feature to curve around the pool and serve as a spot to sit and dangle your legs into the water. The addition of solar lights allows this oasis to be accessible day or night, and the combination of stone and bamboo gives a zen, spa-like atmosphere anyone would love to relax in.

Placing a stock tank on top of a bed of smaller rocks is a common sight; however, it can make it slightly difficult to get in and out. Kaari Sommers has the perfect solution: placing larger flat stones all the way around to step on. Regardless of which side you want to enter or exit, you have easy access.
With privacy walls up, this stock tank pool is for you and your friends only. Adding personal signs and signature seating—like those adorable hammock chairs—are unique touches that make your backyard feel like an entirely different place. A nice added touch is to keep a stocked bar area nearby to create refreshing beverages while you’re relaxing in the water.2. How warm does the water get in a stock tank pool? A: It really depends on your climate, amount of sunlight, temperatures, and humidity but most pools range between 70 F – 90 F in the summer. If you live in a cooler or drier climate, I recommend a floating solar pool cover to trap more heat (be sure to cut it to fit your tank). Want warmer water? See # 6 below 🙂 4. Do stock tanks leak? Do I need to seal them? A: Nope! Stock tanks are sealed and watertight from the manufacturer, so you do not need to seal them. If your stock tank develops a leak, contact the seller to initiate a warranty claim. Do not try to use a product like Flex Seal; it doesn’t bond very well to the galvanized surface of the tank. Pro tip: when you buy a stock tank, be sure to fill it up ASAP to verify there are no leaks. It’s best to leave it filled overnight (completely to the top), then check in the morning for drips around the sidewall and that water level is the same. If not, contact the seller for a return or exchange. 7. What sizes are shapes of stock tanks are available? A: There are 5 common types stock tanks, from 8’ round to 4’ ovals (all of which are 2 feet deep). The 8’ round tank is by far the most commonly used for stock tank pools. Check out think link for all of the stock tank pool sizes and shapes in step 1 of the ultimate DIY setup guide.6. Can stock tank pools be heated? A: Yes! I developed a DIY stock tank hot tub guide using a propane heater and pump from Amazon. The heater adds 5-10 degrees per hour to an 8’ stock tank and extends the season of your stock tank pool by 2-4 months, or you can use it during the middle of winter 🙂

Should I cover my stock tank pool?
The pool should not get too hot to the touch in the sunshine, though we do suggest keeping the pool at least partially shaded. Put it under a tree or try an umbrella for shade. You can use foam noodles you can place over the rim of your Urban Stock Tank to add cushion and protection.
1. Does the metal get too hot to touch from the sun’s heat? A: Nope! The metal tank only gets as warm as the water in the tank. So keep it filled to keep it cool! Pro tip: keep the tank filled within 4”-6” from the top rim of the tank. Affilitate Notice: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. By ordering Amazon products through our links, you’re supporting and allowing us to continue to bring content to you. Thank you! 5. How do you keep the water clean and clear? A: Stock tank pools need three things: 1) a filter pump, 2) chlorine tablets, and 3) skimmer net. The filter pump removes small particles, the chlorine keeps bugs and algae from growing, and the skimmer net removes larger debris like leaves and twigs. For more details, check out my blog post about how to keep your stock tank pool clean, clear, and BLUE all summer.3. Do stock tanks rust? Do I need to paint them? A: Nope! Stock tanks are built very tough for farm environments so they are galvanized with a zinc coating, which resists rust, corrosion, and paint 🙂 If you choose to paint your stock tank pool, you’ll need to prepare the surface correctly. Click here to see my 6 step process to paint your stock tank.

*Our covers are not meant to withstand ice, snow or heavy rains. Since these are soft covers they are intended to keep out leaves and light debris. We recommend taking off and replacing the cover (this may require two sets of hands) whenever necessary.*
Our pool covers are not stretchy and fit true to size, with only about one to two inches of leeway. Please measure your pool diameter to ensure you are ordering the correct size pool cover. We will not be able to exchange items or accept returns.5. The last option we have for you is to roll your tank onto its side and lean it against something sturdy. If you have something like a barn or really tall garage, you could roll it in to shelter it all winter. Otherwise lean it against (facing downward) a garage, barn, or shed so no snow can build up on top of it and no water can pool inside of it.

4. Another option for folks in any area is to turn your tank upside down for the season. We did this one year and it worked great. Our tank sits on concrete though, so I’m not sure if doing this on grass would be as great (some creatures might decide to make a home in there.) I did read that some people were worried about snow building up on top, and if this is you, read on.
1. If you are thinking that now that summer is over you no longer have a use for your stock tank pool, think again! Your first option is to turn your stock tank pool into a hot tub. SEE OUR HOT TUB DIY HERE. This is a great way to prolong your stock tank pool use and depending on where you live, you could possibly use it all through winter. Even if you are in the in-between weather where it’s too cold to swim, but still in the 70s outside, you could heat your pool enough for a nice swim on a sunny day (which is GREAT for the kiddos.) We used this spa heater for our smaller tank and this gas tankless water heater for our big 8’ stock tank pool.

Everyone wants to know the BEST way to winterize their stock tank pool but guess what? There isn’t just one method that is best for everyone. There are many options and the best one for you depends on where you live, how much work you want to put into it, and how much money you want to spend. Let’s talk about your options.
You are probably wondering what to do with your pump, and again, this is completely up to you. Where we live, it freezes, but not very often. We have always left our Intex 2500 pump outside and it has seen us through 4 seasons now. If you feel more comfortable, just disconnect your pump and take it into a garage or basement where there is a little more temperature control. 2. If you live where it doesn’t freeze for long periods of time, your best bet is to keep your tank filled with water. This comes straight from the manufacturers mouth. This is the best way to slow down the rusting process. If you choose to go this route, you do not have to keep your pump running all winter. In fact, we highly recommend you unplug your pump, disconnect all hoses, and make sure there isn’t any water left in anything. Yes, the water is going to get dirtier than you would like to swim in, but since you won’t be swimming in it, it’s no big deal! You can still put a cover on it to keep debris out. That way you won’t even have to look at the water. Check out this stock tank pool cover by The Maker Suite for some cover inspiration. 3. If you live in a place where it’s too cold to keep your tank full, you are obviously going to need to drain it. There are a few options if this is the route you are going. First, check out how we get all the water out of our pool here. Then, you can get a pool cover or a tarp to keep water out. These things can be a little too flexible, so you’’ll want to place something across the tank like a few 2x4s or a couple boards, or poles to prop up the cover keeping it from filling up with water and falling back into the pool. Your best bet to keep water out is to DIY a hard cover (or buy a custom one from someone who makes spa covers) that doesn’t allow water to seep in.Check out this great DIY PVC Pool Cover project if you don’t want to pay much for a pool cover. This video tutorial shows you how to make a simple PVC tarp pool cover for your above-ground pool. The creator of this project has used it for several years, and it hasn’t failed him yet! At least give it a shot; getting creative with a project like this will save you lots of money in the long run. It is also straightforward to install and remove. Discover a vast collection of simple, step-by-step crafts at DIYsCraftsy, your go-to destination for daily DIY inspiration. Explore many projects, including DIY home decor, drawings, crochet patterns, and many life hacks to make your everyday life easier. Learn more about us and join our creative community as we help you bring your crafting visions to life. This Quick Pool Cover Idea is excellent for people who want to go on a long journey and need to protect their pool from the external environment. It also serves as a quick fix so that you don’t have to worry about getting your pool covered adequately by a professional. DIY how to make your above-ground pool cover using a ladder as the center support. This is pretty easy to put up, and it’s very effective. It will keep any leaves, sticks, or bugs out of the water while you are away.If you want to make a pool cover, this DIY Inground Pool Cover is the perfect tutorial. It’s easy to make and doesn’t take up much space. All you need are some tires, plywood, and foam insulation. You will be surprised how cost-effective it is! Regarding the design of your pool, this Pool Cover is the perfect one for you. Unlike other pool covers, which are made with expensive wires and Intex pumps, this Pool Cover is also eco-friendly. So if you are looking for something that can give a professional finish to your pool but at the same time won’t put holes in your pocket, then here is what you need.

What is the best way to keep your Pool clean and secure? Cover it! This DIY Solar Pool Cover provides the ultimate protection for your Pool when not in use and helps control algae by stopping dust, Pollen, and other contaminants from entering your water. When you aren’t using your Pool, a solar cover helps hold in heat and reduces evaporation. Pool covers are a must-have to protect your investment, conserve energy and water, and extend the life of your Pool.If you’ve ever had to wrestle with a heavy pool cover only to find that it didn’t fit right or fit, this DIY Swimming Pool Cover is for you. Swimming pool owners can be overly protective of their pool covers. So it should be no surprise that they would want something easy to use and durable. The DIY reel is made out of PVC piping, and you can attach it to the end of your pool to help you quickly roll up your solar blanket after use. When you are done with the collection, it is easy to store everything in one place and use it throughout the year.

Water parks are plentiful in the summer but can be expensive to maintain all year. Elite pool covers can help you save money on heating bills and keep your pool clean. Installing a select pool cover is easy if you have the right tools. This Elite Pool Covers Installation video shows you how to put an elite pool cover over your swimming hole. Begins with unrolling the tarp from one end of the pool enclosure, placing it over the side, then trimming the edges with scissors.
If you’re looking for a fun, affordable, and easy-to-set-up option to protect your stock tank pool surface, this DIY Stock Tank Pool Noodle Cover is just the thing! You will love pool noodles because they are cheap and versatile. Fill your stock tank pool with water and enjoy some fun in the sun. It also doubles as a cover from dirt and mud in your yard! If you’re worried about it getting damaged, all you have to cut off any ripped part of the noodle and add it back to this pool noodle cover!If you’re looking for an afternoon project, create a DIY pool cover with several brilliant ideas. Choose from different materials and designs to find the perfect fit for you. It’s a reality for swimming pool owners everywhere: Removing and replacing a pool cover is a highly-cumbersome process and prevents the very real risk of accidentally hitting yourself in the head. If this sounds like something you can relate to, let us offer you some DIY pool cover ideas that could make covering your pool easier (and safer). These pool cover ideas are easy, fast, and an awesome DIY for any season. These covers will make your pool stand out, from a snowflake cover to a wreath.Get inspired by this DIY Swimming Pool Blanket and make your cover using PVC pipes! This project is easy to do, following simple step-by-step instructions. It can be expensive to buy a custom-made pool cover, but making your own is very easy. This project takes approximately half an hour and can save you money by preventing you from buying an expensive cover. This project is a big DIY project that requires some time and patience. Of course, if you’re a little more adventurous, feel free to choose your color schemes and materials for your new pool cover.This DIY Pool Cover Solution idea provides a cheaper alternative to the pool cover products available. The best part about this product is that it is inexpensive, quick to assemble, and can be used over any pool. This tarp and bungee system might be the only way to protect your collection during cold winter. This pool cover is made by placing a tarp over the top of the pool and tying it to nearby objects. The four corners of the tarp are secured to a fence or anything sturdy that won’t allow it to fall off. Pool covers help keep your pool clean and ready to use when you need them. They’re also great for preventing the evaporation of water, which can help you save money on your utility bills. To build a reliable pool cover, check out this DIY Pool Cover Build video tutorial by the Handyman Gentleman. With this DIY Pool Cover Build tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a sturdy, long-lasting pool cover that’s easy to make. This DIY pool cover has a wood frame, tarp canvas, and rope to secure the lid on top of your water resource. It’s inexpensive, multifunctional, and doesn’t need any special installation tools or equipment! As a pool owner, you are responsible for protecting your family and using the available resources for success. Just imagine yourself trying to enjoy your time with your friends or family at the swimming pool, but you can’t because of the untidy appearance of the pool cover. If you go out and buy one from a dealer, it will cost you lots of money, and they are also difficult to be opened and close. But, there is an easy solution to this problem. An Inground Pool Cover Idea can help you get out of this situation and save a lot of money in the long run.

Do you have a pool that needs to be covered in the winter? Are you looking for a quick, inexpensive solution to your pool cover problem? With some construction know-how, you can make your own do-it-yourself pool cover reel. It’s so simple that even you can create one using minimal tools. There are many benefits of owning a Homemade Pool Cover Reel system. The most notable one is that it will ensure the safety and security of your pool area. The right Homemade Pool Cover Reel design saves water as well as money.
DIY Desk With Hutch Ideas: Discover DIY Desk with Hutch Ideas for home usage, perfect for optimizing space and functionality. Transform your workspace with customizable, stylish, and practical designs tailored to your needs.Pool covers save energy during summer, but they can also protect your pool from drags and splashes. This DIY Pool Cover Using PVC is designed to fit cleanly over the top of any octagonal above-ground pool with a deep end. This strong cover comes with a durable PVC and tarp with a drawstring tie that allows it to be cinched tight around the pool wall for a secure fit. The two most important parts of this DIY project are getting the correct dimensions for your pool and choosing suitable materials to avoid leaks.

How To DIY A Pool Cover From A Tarp project is a great way to prevent evaporation and keep your pool safe and healthy. It does help to prevent leaves, dirt, grass clippings, bugs, and other debris from entering your swimming pool. If you plan to make your swimming pool cover, you need some measurements. You will first need to measure the circumference of your swimming pool and get a length that is longer than the circumference. Although it might sound like a lot, measuring each dimension separately can be done quickly with a ruler and a pen. Don’t forget to allow room for overlap on all sides of the pool if you want to use more than one tarp.
Stylish and practical, a swimming pool cover is a must-have for any pool owner. It’s also important to have a safe pool cover that will protect bathers from drowning hazards and debris falling into the pool when you’re not around. Pool covers shouldn’t just be for the winter months! These covers can help maintain the cleanliness of the water by preventing leaves and other debris from entering your precious swimming area. However, covers do not always have to be black or brown! They come in various colors and styles, so you can customize them to match your backyard decor. Adding a pool cover to your pool is an easy way to save money on heating, reduce evaporation, and control water chemistry.Make your pool cover! It’s straightforward and saves money. You don’t even need an expensive brand name cover. Don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes because it’s just plastic! Here’s a simple DIY pool cover that will keep debris out of the pool
and reduce evaporation. You will need PVC piping and bubble plasticLearn w. hat parts are required (and how to install them), then find out where to get the supplies. Make a stylish and practical folding pool cover for one of the most important things you need to do in your pool. Please keep it clean and safe from contamination with this easy DIY project. In less than a day, you can have an extra layer of protection for your pool.

How do you seal a stock tank pool?
Stock tanks are sealed and watertight from the manufacturer, so you do not need to seal them. If your stock tank develops a leak, contact the seller to initiate a warranty claim. Do not try to use a product like Flex Seal; it doesn’t bond very well to the galvanized surface of the tank.
✅ Install a (loud) door alarm / chime on any doors or windows that allow direct or indirect access to the pool, to alert you if the door is opened. Buy on Amazon.✅ALWAYS ensure your child is wearing a US Coast Guard Approved personal floatation device (PFD). Note: AVOID PUDDLE JUMPERS, as they create a false sense of securityLet’s talk pool safety and drowning prevention ⚠️☝️Stock tank pools are wonderful for children, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t underestimate the drowning risk, especially for small children. Sadly, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.

NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A POOL. Pools present a drowning risk, no matter their size or depth. Children should never be left unattended in a pool, whether stock tanks or not. Even though a stock tank is 2′ shallow they still present a drowning and safety hazard. Children and adults can drown in as little 6″ of water. It is up to you evaluate whether a pool, stock tank or not, is safe for you and your family. And just for good measure, we’ll say it again NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A POOL.
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{above} Create a customized pergola frame for your galvanized stock tank pool. Whether you want to shade your stock tank pool or decorate your pool area with crawling plants or hanging flower planters, this small pergola offers unlimited possibilities.

Can you leave water in stock tank pool in winter?
Surprisingly, keeping water in the pool at all times minimizes the chance of corrosion of the metal stock tank. Because it doesn’t freeze in Texas for long periods of time, it’s a good idea to keep your Cowboy Pool filled with water and circulating, rather than “winterizing” your pool.
#6. Keep an eye on the water level of your pool, especially during hot and dry weather. If the water level drops too low, it can cause the tank to warp or even collapse. Add more water as necessary to keep the pool stable and safe.

How do you cover a stock tank pool for the winter?
Then, you can get a pool cover or a tarp to keep water out. These things can be a little too flexible, so you”ll want to place something across the tank like a few 2x4s or a couple boards, or poles to prop up the cover keeping it from filling up with water and falling back into the pool.
{above} It is a backyard oasis formed by railway sleepers edging. The ground in the corner of the yard has been smoothed and solidified to set up a stock tank pool. Near the pool, there are a pair of simple outdoor chairs.3. If you want to create a more permanent and stylish cover for your pool, consider building a wooden or metal pergola above it. You can then hang fabric or use slats to create a shaded area that covers the pool.

{above} This pool blends in perfectly with its surrounding landscape. There is a small herb garden beside the pool, where stone steps lead up to the seating area.

2. Another option is to build a wooden frame around your pool and attach a retractable awning or canopy to it. This way, you can easily cover and uncover the pool as needed. {above} Create a pool cover for your stock tank pool that keeps the water cool and keeps the bugs out. This is an excellent idea for individuals living in hot climates. {above} Building a formal deck around the stock tank pool requires a lot of effort. If you don’t want to use it as a permanent feature for your backyard, you can use wooden pallets to create a small deck next to or around the pool.

Remember, no matter what type of cover you choose, always make sure that it is securely fastened and does not pose a safety hazard. With a little creativity and some basic DIY skills, you can create a functional and attractive cover for your stock tank pool.
As an exciting part of your backyard, a single stock tank pool may not suffice. Building a garden path towards your pool and adding a privacy screen will significantly enhance the appearance of your private backyard oasis.#5. Consider the weight of the water in the tank and ensure that the ground is stable enough to support it. A full stock tank pool can weigh over a ton, so it’s important to make sure that the ground is level, compact, and not prone to erosion.

{above} In addition to giant umbrellas, you could install a shade sail canopy to cool your pool area easily and enhance its appearance. To construct it, you only need three to four points to secure the shade. see 10 ideas how to create a shady space.
There is no better combination than a wooden deck and stock tank pool. Build a shallow deck to keep the pool area clean and provide a cozy lounge area with chairs or a couple of pillows.4. For a fun and creative touch, try using an old sail or boat cover to cover your pool. This will give your backyard a nautical vibe and provide a unique cover for your stock tank pool.

What is the life expectancy of a stock tank pool?
five to ten years Galvanized-metal stock tanks are the ones you’ll see scrolling on TikTok. When filled with chlorinated water, the metal usually has a lifespan of five to ten years. If you’re looking for something that won’t corrode and will last longer, choose a poly plastic option. Both usually run for about the same price.
{above} These natural stock tank pool designs are fantastic inspiration and showcase what creative things you can do with an affordable stock tank pool. You may want to try decorating your tank pool in a similar way as these natural swimming pools.A DIY stock tank pool can be as simple or complex as you want. For instance, you can add a small pump, filter, and some tubing to keep the water moving and fresh. This stock tank pool kit will cost you some money, but they are essential if you want to create a more traditional “pool.” There is another simple way to set up a stock tank pool. Simply fill the tank with clean water and drain it when it’s not in use, refilling it as necessary. No matter which way you choose, you should always start with a solid and smooth level base and install the tank.

Do stock tank pools stay cool in summer?
Nope, stock tanks are galvanized steel and designed to keep water cool in the sun. You can always add an umbrella or a sun sail, but even on the hottest Texas days our pool stays refreshing.
There can hardly be anyone who doesn’t like to slip into the cool, refreshing water of a pool in their own backyard on a hot afternoon. Making a swimming pool using a stock tank pool is an excellent choice, as you don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on building a permanent swimming pool. Galvanized steel tanks were originally intended to provide drinking water for livestock, but with a simple design, they can be turned into mini swimming pools. The stock tank pool ideas are perfect for those with tight budgets and narrow yards.These custom-made wooden covers are manufactured in thermowood finished with stainless steel. The design matches the look of the stock tanks perfectly. The covers are made to keep leaves and other debris out of the stock tank. Because the cover is not completely closed, a natural circulation remains so that no fungi can form. The cover is also made to better insulate the tank so that the water stays warm longer or heats up faster when heated. You can order these in the different sizes. So that it is perfect for your tank.This is foldable so that you do not always have to open the tank completely and can enjoy an extra lounge feeling. Another option is to build a deck around the stock tank. This not only changes the look of the tank but also makes it easier for bathers to get in and out. If privacy is an issue, consider adding a wooden fence adjacent to the stock tank to shield your space from your neighbors’ prying eyes. Fortunately, you can calculate a stock tank’s weight when it’s full fairly easily: Simply multiply its capacity in gallons by 8.35 pounds, which is the weight of one gallon of water, and then add in the weight of the pool itself. Once you know how much the stock tank weighs, you can make a quick calculation to determine if your deck is strong enough to hold it. (Don’t forget to add about 150 pounds per occupant.) Most decks can handle 50 pounds per square foot. With that in mind, divide the weight of the stock tank (including water and occupants) by its total area. If that number is under 50, the deck should be able to handle the weight, assuming the deck framing is in good condition.Metal stock tank pools are susceptible to rust and corrosion when they’re full of water. The risk worsens if you drop chlorine tablets directly into the tank because chlorine reacts with water to form corrosive acids. To prevent rusting and corrosion, seal the inside of the water tank before use with a rustproof agent such as Flex Seal, or truck bed coating spray (e.g., Rust-Oleum Truck Bed Spray Coating). For additional protection, consider dispensing chlorine tablets in a slow-release chlorine dispenser like the AquaAce Floating Chlorine Dispenser. Standing water, particularly the warm water found in a stock tank pool at the end of a hot day, attracts mosquitoes and the bacteria that lead to algae growth. While a filter pump will keep the water circulating, making it less hospitable to mosquitoes looking to land in it and lay eggs, you may still get biting pests buzzing around the tub. Given the trouble you’ll go to to transport and maintain a stock tank pool, you’ll want to buy a quality model that will last you a while. Pay attention to tanks’ brand names: CountyLine and Tarter make some of the best stock tanks. These tanks are made from galvanized steel that resists rusting, and they have rounded tops so there are no sharp edges that can cut people as they enter or exit the tank. If you want a stock tank that’s completely rustproof, look for a Rubbermaid plastic stock tank. Where can you buy these water troughs? You’ll likely find the widest selection at farm supply retailers, such as Tractor Supply Inc. or Southern States. Home improvement retailers such as Ace Hardware and Lowe’s have them too, but they’re usually smaller, bathtub-size stock tanks.

A 400-gallon stock tank will weigh about 3,500 pounds when full, not including occupants. That’s about the weight of a midsize car, so it’s crucial to consider how much it weighs when full, especially if you plan to put it on an existing deck or to build some other structure that will be able to handle the tank, water, and bathers.
Galvanized metal stock tanks are heavier and more likely to rust or corrode, but they conduct more heat, warming the water fairly quickly on a sunny summer day. These tanks are also less likely to break and don’t need an external frame to stand upright, and the slick metal surfaces can easily be wiped down to remove algae. A bit trendier overall, galvanized steel tanks like this 8-foot round tub from CountyLine look chic in unfinished, galvanized steel or can be dressed up with paint.Your filter pump will remove a good deal of human contaminants and bacteria from your pool, both dead bacteria the chlorine killed and live bacteria the chlorine missed. But it won’t catch large dirt and grime deposits, which can make the pool unsightly and, when it comes to twigs and other large debris, cause injuries. Use these maintenance tips to keep your water clean and clear all summer long:

You’ll need a few accessories for your stock tank in order to convert it to a pool. To maintain the pool properly, a pool pump is a must—it’ll help filter contaminants out of the water, and keep the water circulating to prevent bacteria growth. A good 500-gallon-per-hour pump, such as those made for smaller soft-sided above-ground pools, will suffice—we like a filter/pump combo, such as the Intex Filter Pump. You’ll also need the necessary pump inlet parts, which include an inlet strainer to keep large debris out of your pump and plunger valves needed for filter maintenance.Plastic or poly tanks are lighter weight and thus easier to transport, and resistant to rust and corrosion. They also conduct less heat so the water stays cool longer. The downsides are they’re more likely to crack or break from a heavy impact, and their coarser surface usually demands a good deal of scrubbing to remove dirt and algae that form in the tank over time. Plus, while round and oval plastic tanks like this 8-foot by 2-foot Tarter option are self-supporting, square and rectangular models need a separate external frame to stand upright.

If you’ve spent any time at all on social media these past few years, you’ve probably heard stories about homeowners who have eschewed typical swimming pools and have instead set up stock tank swimming pools in their yards. These DIY pools repurpose the large containers that traditionally provide water to livestock as affordable alternatives to above-ground swimming pools. Stock tanks are widely available at tractor supply stores and are well suited for the farmhouse-rustic design trend. There are, however, several shopping and setup factors to figure out before setting up a DIY a stock tank pool in your own yard.
If you live in a cold climate, it’s a good idea to empty your stock tank pool before the first freeze of the year. To empty the tank, remove the hose from the pool outlet, which will allow water to drain out of the pool. You may want to attach a garden hose to direct the water to a desired drainage area. Because most outlets aren’t at the very bottom of the pool, you’ll need to use a shop vac to suck out any remaining water. If you can maneuver it, consider turning the tank over during the off-season to prevent rainwater from collecting inside. You can also cover the pool with a tarp or a custom-made spa cover.

Are stock tanks safe to swim in?
Pools present a drowning risk, no matter their size or depth. Children should never be left unattended in a pool, whether stock tanks or not. Even though a stock tank is 2′ shallow they still present a drowning and safety hazard. Children and adults can drown in as little 6″ of water.
For the filter installation, you’ll need a 2 3/4-inch hole saw capable of cutting metal. Installation usually requires drilling a few holes in the tank and feeding the pump hardware into it. Attach the filter pump tubes to the hardware, fill up the pool, and then start running the pump.