Summer Project: DIY Stock Tank Pool

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Another one for the "worth the effort" DIY files... Cathy and her husband wanted a chlorine-free pool big enough for the whole family to splash around in during the hot Santa Rosa summer. Hoping for something more attractive than a big vinyl tub, they finally decided on a galvanized steel stock tank. All it took was some clever DIY plumbing, and for about $500 they were living the good life. Learn how they did it after the jump...

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The stock tank pool is eight feet in diameter and about two feet deep. Cathy's husband used plumber's putty and some gaskets to pipe in a pool filter and pump. After using the pool for about a month, so far they haven't had to add any chemicals to keep the water clean. All it takes is some regular swipes with a pool net, and of course regular changing of the filter, which collects algae and other miscellaneous debris. Cathy says the pump keeps the water moving enough to discourage mosquitoes, too.

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As of now, the plan for the winter is to replace the plumbing with copper pipes and maybe install a propane heater to convert the pool to a hot tub. Sounds good to us!

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Check out Cathy's blog, Waldorf Modern, for more peeks at her home projects.

(Images: Cathy/Waldorf Modern)