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In the UK, it's not really worth having an outdoor
pool, since it's warm for only the summer months. And
apparently some people live in houses too small to
accommodate the usual indoor pool.
Dismantleable pools are all well and good, but
them each summer is a nuisance,
as is having to store
On a different note, I have just hired a 12 yard skip
(dumpster, to those in the colonies), to dispose of
junk. The thought occurred that a large skip has the
makings of a decent temporary pool.
Create a large, skip-sized moulded plastic liner. It will
contoured to provide seating (should you wish to lounge),
padding around the top, and steps. It will also, of
be watertight. These liners can be stored, nested, at a
Come summer, you just rent a skip and rent one of these
liners, fill from a garden hose and - ipso aquatico! - you
have a decent size pool for the kids to splash in, or the
adults to sit around in.
||I always assumed skips were naturally watertight.
||Keep the rubbish in it, then fill it with water, chuck in a few dead animals, plus the obligatory shopping trolley, and you can pretend you are swimming around in the average UK river. Or, empty your used engine oil unto the surface, toss on a week's supply of left over plastic waste, and you can pretend you are swimming in the Pacific Ocean.
||I'm a big fan of Skips and have used them to create many pieces of work, some of which are HB specific. A natural croissant from me.
||After the first paragraph I tought this was an idea to make pools more useful for skipping stones during the off season.
||Regarding the actual idea, it seems to me that the demand for skips would be higher in the summer already, so there isn't much benefit in combining these two functions. However if you designed a standalone pool that was nestable and could be delivered using the same truck that delivers skips, that might be less of a comercial failure.
||// demand for skips would be higher in the
summer already// I checked with two local skip
hire companies, and they both said that demand
was pretty flat apart from a dip around Christmas
and another dip (not rise) in August. (A third
company said they can't disclose this information
"because of security" - I have no idea why.)
||A standalone pool would be another option, but
the skip provides a lot of the mechanical strength
needed to contain that much water safely. Either
way, though, I reckon there's a market for renting
biggish temporary pools; it's a question of whether
it's enough of a summer market to keep the
business, so to speak, afloat year-round.
||As another option, with suitable ingenuity it
should be possible to rent a coral reef or a rift-
valley portion, complete with fish for your own in-
garden snorkelling experience.
||Use the same garden hose to siphon it out, later.