Building a Stock Tank Pool: An Easy & Inexpensive Way to Cool Off

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In 2017, the average cost for backyard pool installations ranged between $20,000 and $30,000. Factor in today’s prices, the added issue of COVID-19 business closures, and the demand for some of the materials you need for the job, and you’ve got a hefty price tag on your hands. Not only that, but the time required to schedule installation now that added lockdown measures are in place has increased. To mitigate this mess and circumvent the problems, you might encounter while trying to cool off, why not consider installing a stock tank pool? Not only will it help cool your family off, but it can also look just as outstanding as its mainstream counterparts.

Over recent years, stock tank pools have popped up all over Texas as a creative means to an end. You and your kids want to keep cool in the summer heat. Livestock water troughs provide an inexpensive vessel from which a pool can easily be constructed. Although there are a number of DIY stock tank pool projects posted online, a recent upload to YouTube by Austin Edible Gardens has a few people tuning in. These projects have won the hearts of those who are budget-conscious and make for an innovative solution to enjoying all of the benefits of a standard pool.

Video: YouTube/Austin Edible Gardens 

Focused mainly on uploading videos about growing food in the Texas Hill Country, Austin Edible Gardens works to “cultivate a relationship with nature” in working with clients through the gardening process. In their efforts to relate to their customers in terms of the excruciating heat we tend to get in Central Texas, they may have struck the exact right chord necessary to spur our tired and hot bodies into action. Building a stock tank pool doesn’t have to be difficult or take a long time. The video above walks you through the steps that were required for this particular project, including the necessary tools. If you’re doing things differently, you can easily source added projects online that will feature or focus on the type of filter you’re using, the size of tank, and what the procedure is for ensuring you’re happy with the end result. If you’re looking for ways to cool off and you’re unsure if public pools and beaches will be open, not to mention local splash pads, this might be the solution you’re looking for!