When the warm weather arrives, the garden becomes the children's favorite playground. Give them extra pleasure by making a paddling pool for them. Make it shallow, so that the little ones can also play safely.
- Wooden stakes
- Rigid plastic hose
- Clear plastic paint
1. The best is to place the paddling pool on a lawn is a safe place for children. Place the pond in a part of the garden that is easy to watch. Draw the location of the paddling pool on the ground by planting stakes of wood spaced 50 cm apart. Stretch a string following the shape determined by the succession of stakes. Feel free to draw a fun-filled wading pool.
2. Over the entire surface bounded by the chalk (a few square meters), dig the ground to a depth of about 10 cm. Remove the soil and vegetation with a spade. Eliminate important roots. Large root growth could puncture the bottom of the pond or lift it up.
3. The evacuation of water is through a drain. Dig in the center of the trench a cubic hole of 30 cm side and depth. Garnish the bottom of a layer of gravel 5 cm thick. Cover the gravel with a few inches of soil. The gravel prevents the ground from widening during the passage of water, by distributing evenly their flow.
4. Prepare the amount of mortar needed to make the pond all at once so that it is homogeneous during casting. Place the drainpipe vertically, in the center of the drain, and make it stop against the gravel layer. Tilt the bottom of the pool with a slight slope towards the drain, without blocking it. A bung holds water that can be changed at your leisure. In addition, in case of heavy rain, it is easy to evacuate the excess water which, otherwise, may form a pond on the lawn.
5. After smoothing the entire surface with the trowel, allow the paddling pool to dry completely. Then, pass on the bottom of the basin a plastic painting, preferably clear. While the paint is drying, cover the paddling pool with plastic to protect it from rain and dust.
6. This paint, which blocks all the small cracks that appeared during the drying of the mortar, gives the pool its watertightness. It also protects against the possible acidity of the water used to fill it.
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