Build a Backyard Dumpster Pool Build a Backyard Dumpster Pool

Build a Backyard Dumpster Pool

by ReadyMade

January 19, 2010

This article is part of The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down, from GOOD Issue 18. Read more of the guide here.

For most of us, a swimming pool is something reserved for daydreaming about on a muggy afternoon in July. But thanks to the creative folks at Macro Sea, a design company, a real pool (as opposed to a chintzy plastic kiddy pool) is now within your grasp.

Here's How:

1. Rent a Dumpster. Most Home Depots should be able to help you out there. Go for a 22-foot-by  8-foot version for the full-on pool party or the smaller 22-foot-by- 4-foot version if you want fun for just the family.

2. Have the Dumpster delivered to your ideal location (backyard, empty lot, or curbside for a block party).

3. Seal the seams with some caulking.

4. Put in some 6-millimeter professional pool liner.

5. Throw in some sand (so you are walking on something soft).

6. Add the water.

7. If you are planning to keep the pool for longer than a weekend, you can easily add chlorine. Cover it with an appropriately sized tarp.

8. Once the weather warms up, jump in and be the envy of your neighborhood!

Our Good Guide to Slowing Down was a unique collaboration with our friends at ReadyMade magazine.  Check out their good work at, and follow them on Twitter at @ReadyMadeTweets.Illustration by Tim Lahan

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