How to Make a Stock Tank Pool! Easy DIY Backyard Pool

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Introduction: How to Make a Stock Tank Pool! Easy DIY Backyard Pool

About: I am a self taught maker that has fallen in love with making instead of buying. I create how-to videos about the projects I love and make. Check out my YouTube channel for more!

I made a backyard pool from a Stock Tank and it is a backyard game changer!

This tutorial will give you the supplies and a tutorial on how to DIY your own Stock Tank Pool for your backyard. Once you have your ground leveled and ready, you can knock out this project in an afternoon.

Due to popularity, the supplies can be hard to find. So I recommend that you start to find all of the supplies ahead of time so you are ready for the next pool season.

Be sure to watch the video for an even more detailed tutorial!

Supplies:

Things I Used:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

I’m using a sand filter because it requires much less maintenance than a cartridge filter. You only need to replace the sand every few years and the overall cost is lower.

The pump/filter box contains the pump, filter, hoses and the outlet valve. In addition, I needed to buy an inlet valve (two parts linked in the supplies), two plunger valves, a 2 3/4” hole saw and marine grade adhesive sealant.

For the filter media, I’m using filter glass instead of sand because it filters better and lasts longer.

I also purchased this reusable water filter when filling the pool to help filter out things like calcium, VOC’s and hard water.

Step 2: Prepare Your Ground Surface

We got lucky and already had a level concrete slab in place. Otherwise, ground prep with sand would have been necessary to level and prepare a spot in the yard.

Step 3: Drill Inlet and Outlet Holes

I'm starting by drilling a hole for my outlet. When you pick your spot for your hole, make sure the larger part of the outlet clears the horizontal lip lines on the outside of the pool. Use the hole saw, linked in the supplies.

And then I did the same thing for the Inlet valve, making sure to clear the lip on the side of the tank.

I filed down any sharp edges with a metal file and then vacuumed up all the tiny metal shavings before moving on. No one needs sharp metal shavings in a pool.

Step 4: Instal the Inlet/Outlet Valves

For a little extra security against leaking, I added plumbing tape to the threads of the inlet and outlet valves. And then I loaded up my marine grade sealant and applied it around the inside of the outlet valve fitting.

I placed the outlet into the higher hole, letting the adhesive squish out and fill in to make it water tight. I screwed on the nut nice and tight, making sure to keep the air hole facing up.

And then I screwed on this extra piece that comes with with outlet called the air jet valve.

I then repeated the steps for the inlet valve and place it in the lower hole.

Step 5: Install the Plunger Valves

Next you install the two plunger valves. These will allow you to change out the filters or hoses in the future without letting all of the water out of your pool.

Step 6: Add Your Filter Media

As I mentioned before, I’m using glass media in place of sand in this filter because it lasts longer than sand and filters even better. I placed a cup over the inner hole of the tank to keep the glass pieces from falling in the center and then poured in the glass up to the fill lines marked.

Step 7: Attach the Hoses & Set Up the Filter/Pump

Then I attached the hoses to the plunge valves and the pump and secured the collar on the tank.

Your pump’s instructions will show you the correct placement for all of your lines. Another option is to watch some YouTube videos specifically on setting up your pump and filter.

Step 8: Fill the Pool!

And with everything set up, it was time to fill the pool!

You need to add something to maintain a clean sparkling pool and to keep bacteria in check. Most people use chlorine, which definitely works. Instead of chlorine for my pool, my friends at Stock Tank Love suggested a natural alternative of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. I buy mine here: https://bit.ly/2SLaeX0

Chlorine has some side effects that I’d rather do without. I've used this option for a year now and it really works great. You can find the test strips here: https://amzn.to/3lwbcmb

Another benefit of using this food grade hydrogen peroxide as a treatment method is that the pool water can actually be used to water your plants! It's actually known to aerate the soil, and it feels great recycling the pool water when it is time to drain.

Of course chlorine works as well for killing bacteria, if you'd prefer that. Do whichever method works for you!

Step 9: Enjoy the Pool!

I’m thrilled with how this Stock Tank Pool turned out. It’s amazing how much it feels like a real pool and how well it cools us down in the warmer months. It’s a summer game changer that is inexpensive and easy to fit in most any yard.

Follow me on Instagram and watch my highlights to see some behind the scenes on how I built the deck, which is a fantastic addition.

I'd love to see pics of yours if you decide to make your own! For more projects and tutorials, be sure and visit my YouTube channel and my website. You can also find me on Instagram @makergray.

Thanks for following along!

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    60 Comments

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    apeeps2021
    apeeps2021

    11 days ago

    Do you have any tips or instructions on the cute deck you have? I’d love to make one for my stock tank pool!

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    Maker Gray
    Maker Gray

    Reply 10 days ago

    At this time, I only have a few Instagram videos in my "highlights" on IG. But I am going to be building another deck very soon and will make a tutorial!

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    sml156
    sml156

    15 days ago

    Now all you need to do is attach a 150 horse power marine engine to the top of the inside rim to turn it into a Jacuzzi
    Just make sure your toes don't go near the propeller

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    jimvandamme
    jimvandamme

    17 days ago on Step 9

    The "grounding rod" link in your parts list led me to a rabbit hole of alternative medicine "Dirty Electricity", anti-EMF, "electrohypersensitivity" quackery. Instead of a $37 "grounding stake", you could use a piece of rebar, a hose clamp, and a scrap piece of #12. Or, nothing, because the resistance to ground is not going to vastly improve with a little spike in the ground vs. a large tub, not to mention that the pump is grounded. But be sure to wire the pump to a GFCI outlet or breaker.

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    campanellj
    campanellj

    Question 21 days ago on Introduction

    What is a "stock tank" and where do I get one? I have never seen one of these in northern NJ. Thanks

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    MannyK
    MannyK

    Answer 21 days ago

    It's for livestock as well as other uses. You see them in farms a lot

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    campanellj
    campanellj

    Reply 21 days ago

    LOL, there is literally not one farm in Essex County, Northern New Jersey. Obviously this is not something you order on Amazon. Everything is sourced on that list except for the one big thing I probably can't get.

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    lclaiborne
    lclaiborne

    Reply 20 days ago

    Chain farm stores are in suburbs now. They sell plenty of dog and horse and garden goods.
    There are farms in your city. Urban farms are everywhere, you don’t need a tractor and vast acreage to farm.

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    manskybook
    manskybook

    Answer 20 days ago

    Actually, you can get a stock tank via Amazon, or Lowes. Note the comments about galvanized tubs. I find it odd that the one most expensive and critical item was not listed in the Supplies list that Maker Gray provided. A 300 gallon Rubbermaid rigid plastic tank is about $500, shipping included. You can find similar plans that use galvanized or plastics, and also include plans for a hot tub, with various heating options. Good choice of filter options, but you always run up against how to stop bacteria and algae in any pool or spa, and hydrogen peroxide isn't really the answer.

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    Khovet1
    Khovet1

    Answer 21 days ago

    Most any farm store will have these water tanks in multiple sizes. Google farm stores in your area.

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    wimpiev55
    wimpiev55

    21 days ago

    Where can you buy the Stock tank
    I am from South Africa but have not seen it before. Brilliant idea

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    lclaiborne
    lclaiborne

    Reply 20 days ago

    Any farm equipment supplier should have them. Their original purpose is for water for farm animals, so that’s where you look. They come in many sizes and shapes. Mr Google should be able to help locally. 😃

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    rrctlc
    rrctlc

    Reply 20 days ago

    If you are still in South Africa, I don’t know. If you are in the US, tractor supply, big red or any farm supply store.

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    swalling22
    swalling22

    Question 20 days ago

    This is Awesome!

    I have a few questions, 1 how wide is the tank, and on a scale of one to ten how hard do you think it was to build, also is the floor of the pool concreat or metal?

    Thanks so much! I hope I will be able to try it to!

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    Maker Gray
    Maker Gray

    Answer 20 days ago

    Thanks! This particular one is 6' wide. I think it was really easy to build. Probably a 4 on a 1-10 scale. Check out the video to get a good feel of the steps and see how comfortable you are with it. The floor of the pool is galvanized metal, just like the rest of the tank. I hope you make it!

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    Vandy BethG
    Vandy BethG

    Question 21 days ago

    What's that attachment on the end of your hose when you fill the tank?

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    Maker Gray
    Maker Gray

    Answer 21 days ago

    It is a water filter for pools and spas. Attaches to the end of your hose when you fill the pool. It filters out hard water, calcium, VOC's, etc. I've linked it at the top for you.

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    21 days ago

    This is so great because it has that industrial vibe - no ugly plastic pool! I just purchased a condo with a small backyard and this is inspiring - who would have thought I'd have room for a stylish pool? Thank you!

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    Maker Gray
    Maker Gray

    Reply 21 days ago

    Thank you! I hope you do this for your new backyard :)