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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 03:49 PM

Why spend $50,000 on a pool when you can use a livestock water tank instead?

They are normally used as water tubs for livestock to drink out of, but people have found a new use for stock tanks a stylish, functional, and cheap version of a plunge pool.

When David Mortimer started his custom tank building business 15 years ago he never expected to be making pools.

"We build stainless steel water tanks for residential, commercial, and rural customers," he said.

"But about two years ago we started getting some customers in asking if we could build a tank without a lid on it."

Curious to see what all the fuss was about, Mr Mortimer started experimenting with a range of different sizes and structures that would best work as pools.

"We're always looking for new opportunities and areas to diversify so we ran with that concept and developed the product further," he said.

"We got it [the stock tank pool] fully engineered and certified, and made sure it's able to withstand the forces of people jumping in it.



https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-10-14/stock-tanks-used-as-pools-a-new-trend-taking-over/100532132

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RandySF Oct 13 OP
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JustAnotherGen Oct 13 #2
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sdfernando Oct 13 #4
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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 03:50 PM

1. I used to do just that. It was great--the kids loved it.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 04:26 PM

2. My intek is out next summer

And this is in! Liner keeps ripping.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 04:37 PM

3. I bought an eight foot circular galvanized cattle tank 25 years ago for the kids pool.

It had a spigot attached and I elevated it and made a small deck. I ran a hose and filled it and the kids
loved it. At only two feet deep, I didn't have to worry. Nice cool water in the the summer (I had it in the
shade of a large mesquite). When the water was a
tad dirty, I drained the water into my garden. All these years later, it is still good to go. The kids are grown
and gone but I may start using it for myself (next summer).

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 05:41 PM

4. OK...so here is a 100% true story...I know...I lived it!

Way back in the mid-late 1960's when I was a child, not even of Kindergarten age we lived in El Paso....A really small house for a family 7...my parents and 5 children. We kids subsequently spent a lot of time outside. The lot was a good size and there was an irrigation ditch that ran through the back yard. At some point we had an above-ground pool that we would use during the hot summers. I almost drowned in that pool when I was walking around the yard with a bucket on my head....fell over the edge, the bucket handle stuck on my chin and started to fill with water, pulling me in head first. Remember I was a little kid, my feet dangling in the air as I was slowly pulled in. I did manage to pull myself out as my 70-year old Abuela ran her best and fastest to get to me. But I digress. The "pool" that we had was actually a big round horse watering trough. Who knew that we, a not so rich Mexican family in a not so great part of El Paso were so far ahead of our time!

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 06:47 PM

5. Share?

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 06:50 PM

6. The stock tanks need to have pumps and filters or else, you will be emptying them every few days

I had an Intex pool for a few years. It cost about $1,000. I went for a pump upgrade. Even then, I had algae issues.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 06:55 PM

7. There are multiple stock tank pool groups on FB

That will show you how to retrofit pool pumps, etc

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