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    Backyard Pool

    My wife wants a pool to cool off in with the kids. We currently have a "very nice" $40 inflatable intex pool stuck in the middle of my yard. I would like something more permanent but I cant stand the look of above ground pools or the PVC style pools. I was doing some internet searching last night and stumbled across a few setups using large stock tanks. I have an area laid out and prepped for a hot tub, that I figure would make a great location for a 8ft round stock tank until a future time that we put in a hot tub. The plan is to run a 1500gph to 2500gph above ground pool filter on it using bulkhead fittings in the side of the tank and a light amount of chlorine to keep the growth down.

    Whats up in the air is do I coat the inside of it with something or leave it galvanized? Anyone know of a coating that will hold up to chlorine? It looks like a epoxy coating could hold up the longest, but the ultimate plan isn't for this thing to be installed for 15years so do I just leave it galvanized then replace it once it starts to rust?

    Ill throw up a picture of the spot I'm thinking about later but for now enjoy this google sourced pintrest level picture.

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    Someone on the other board built one with a skimmer, and coated it with something. It was pretty well done. Without a skimmer its going to be way harder to keep it clean. Put one of the floating chlorinators in it and you should be good.

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      #3
      I'll be following this. Wife wants a pool and I'm thinking of a concrete stock tank dug into the ground.

      Epoxy paint would be my guess to use on the metal tank.

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        #4
        I was about this ______ close to doing this last week. I decided it was going to cost me $600 and I didn't think we'd use it enough to blow the cash.

        What I do know is that my local feed store has 8' plastic stocktanks for about $50 cheaper than the 8' galv. They also have a nice 7' x 8' x 28" deep square for a little more than the 8' round galv. That's the route I had chosen to avoid the salt/chlorine/coating issues.

        YMMV



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            #6
            Metal stock tank with a wood fired hot tub heater it could be a pool in the day and a hot tub at night. Everybody wins.

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              #7
              You probably wouldn’t need a heater with a little metal stock tank. Depending on location the water will be 95 degrees. Hell, my shitty 5000 gallon above ground has already hit 89 degrees.

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                #8
                Originally posted by AKPostal View Post
                Metal stock tank with a wood fired hot tub heater it could be a pool in the day and a hot tub at night. Everybody wins.
                My plan for hot tub conversion involved using the subaru that my kid rolled. Park it behind a fence/wall so we dont have to look at it, plumb lines to the water pump, run a few wires for key on and start to the pool. #Redneckognise !

                Originally posted by Aisin View Post
                You probably wouldn’t need a heater with a little metal stock tank. Depending on location the water will be 95 degrees. Hell, my shitty 5000 gallon above ground has already hit 89 degrees.
                It gets down to 0*f here regularly and -20* now and then. I gonna need a heater.

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                  #9
                  I think I convinced the wife on the plan, she was still leaning towards full blown above ground pool, but my kids are young so having a deeper pool than 2ft doesnt work as well anyways since they wouldnt be able to stand up. So looks like I'm going to start collecting the materials and get it going. I think I'm going to take my chances without coating the interior. The more I read, as long as you dont let the chlorine tablets sit on the tank and keep the concentration low it should be ok.

                  Originally posted by Sceep View Post
                  I was about this ______ close to doing this last week. I decided it was going to cost me $600 and I didn't think we'd use it enough to blow the cash.

                  What I do know is that my local feed store has 8' plastic stocktanks for about $50 cheaper than the 8' galv. They also have a nice 7' x 8' x 28" deep square for a little more than the 8' round galv. That's the route I had chosen to avoid the salt/chlorine/coating issues.
                  If I get a plastic tank, then I have to build a surround so it doesnt look silly in the backyard. I'd rather just plop the tank down after leveling the area.
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                    #10
                    We use a plastic round one for the dogs to have their own pool. They use it all the time. I placed some boulders around it to help with the looks. It nice to tip over and scrub out every so often.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post



                      If I get a plastic tank, then I have to build a surround so it doesnt look silly in the backyard. I'd rather just plop the tank down after leveling the area.
                      Why does a plastic round tank look silly compared to a bright silver round tank the same size? 😕

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Sceep View Post

                        Why does a plastic round tank look silly compared to a bright silver round tank the same size? 😕
                        I got to say that first pic looks way more classy then the plastic ones.

                        I agree with the guy on a skimmer. I wouldn't buy one from Lowes though. Make one that is actually a water fall. I know this is differnt, but my wife and I love the sound it makes. You could do the same thing into a wash basin.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by WaterH View Post

                            I got to say that first pic looks way more classy then the plastic ones.

                            I agree with the guy on a skimmer. I wouldn't buy one from Lowes though. Make one that is actually a water fall. I know this is differnt, but my wife and I love the sound it makes. You could do the same thing into a wash basin.

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                            see your tablet floater sitting right there on your top step? That's a great way to ruin the plaster on said step. Get a larger one that won't make it onto the top step

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                              #15
                              Add any recommendations on a coating if I decide to change my mind?
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