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The 4 best backyard pool hacks to keep you cool this summer

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The 4 best backyard pool hacks to keep you cool this summer The 4 best backyard pool hacks to keep you cool this summer

The 4 best backyard pool hacks to keep you cool this summer

Better than sprinklers It?s officially summer, and as temperatures rise, millions of people will be wishing they could afford the ultimate hot-weather luxury: a swimming pool.
But whether you live in a city apartment or a suburban 3-bedroom, a private pool is probably not in the cards. Most homeowners spend between $30,000 and $50,000 when they install an in-ground pool.
Luckily, there are other ways to keep cool that go beyond simple water balloons and sprinklers. From stock tank pools?yes, the ones used by cows?to backyard streams, we?ve got four options that are less expensive than traditional in-ground pools that will still look great in your yard. Behold, the best pool hacks of the summer.

A post shared by Stock Tank Pools (@stocktankpools) on May 16, 2017 at 4:44am PDT

Stock Tank Pool
Average cost: $600
Sometimes derisively referred to as ?hillbilly hot tubs,? stock tank pools use galvanized-metal water troughs to create backyard pools at a fraction of the cost. Although these troughs are normally used by livestock, it?s pretty easy to use them to create a place for humans to splash.
Tractor Supply Co. recommends creating a level base with compacted sand, buying a small pump-and-filter system, sealing the tub (use marine-grade sealant or plumber?s putty), and filling it up. You can build a small deck around the stock tank, use pavers to make a patio, or leave it above ground.
You still might need to add a small amount of chlorine to prevent algae growth?and remember to empty it before winter?but this is about as easy as it gets.
A post shared by Brian Hamer (@bham300) on May 29, 2017 at 1:19pm PDT

Backyard Stream
Average cost: $1,200
Even if you can?t submerge yourself completely, a little running water always makes a space feel cooler. It also provides some killer ambiance?a peaceful rippling brook is perfect to read by and larger waterfalls can effectively drown out street noise.
Opt for a waterfall-stream design instead of a pond to keep things cleaner. You don?t need much of a grade for a successful stream; the key is to use an underground sump at the lower end to catch the water before pumping it back up to the top of the stream.
Layers of gravel and stone will filter the water to keep it clean, and you?ll only need to add more water when hot days cause evaporation faster than rain water can refill the stream. Kits are available but this can also be a DIY project; just follow handy instructions like these.

A post shared by My Splash Pad (@mysplashpad) on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:29am PDT

Splash Pad
Average cost: From $2,000 to $20,000 depending on size and whether or not you build it yourself
Caregivers everywhere know the benefits of urban splash pads: They keep kids cool, don?t pose a drowning risk, and don?t require constant adult supervision. City splash pads?and its cousins, the immersive fountain, water playground, and ?wet plaza??have essentially become the new public pool, a free, accessible spac...
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