How to Make a Freeze-Proof Water Tank

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How to Make a Freeze-Proof Water Tank
An outdoor water tank can freeze in the winter. (Heinz Boll/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

In areas where the temperature can drop below freezing, the water tank for watering livestock can freeze. A livestock owner can either go out on the freezing days to thaw out the water tank or can make a freeze-proof water tank. A simple freeze-proof water tank can be made out of a large truck tire, using a saw and some concrete. This type of freeze-proof water tank is relatively inexpensive to make.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Large tire from 150-ton truck
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Concrete mix to pour 0.5 yards

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  1. 1

    Cut the bead off one side of the tire with the reciprocating saw. The bead is the inner part of the sidewall of the tire.

  2. 2

    Lay the tire on the ground where the water tank will be. Place the side with the bead on the ground.

  3. 3

    Pour the concrete into the bottom of the tire to fill up the bead. The concrete will form the bottom of the tank as it adheres to the tire.

  4. 4

    Fill the tank with water.

Tips and warnings

  • Silicone can be used as an extra sealant between the tire and the concrete to ensure that the tank does not leak.
  • When pouring the concrete, be sure to allow for an opening for a pipe if the water will be supplied through the bottom of the tank.

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