A man has gone viral on social media after sharing how he managed to create a fully-functioning swimming pool in his back garden in just 12 hours, using wooden pallets
There are loads of things we can achieve in 12 hours if we put our minds to it – including building our own swimming pool apparently.
A DIY enthusiast named Caleb Harrison has recently managed to do just this and shared the surprising results on social media.
The 27-year-old’s TikTok video showing off the homemade pool in his back garden has gone viral, garnering over 56 million views on the platform.
Caleb, from Middle, Tennessee in the US, created his fully-functioning swimming pool using wooden pallets, with materials costing him just £108 ($140) in total.
Some of the materials he also managed to get for free.
Caleb’s wife, Kayla, filmed as he started the project and he can be seen drilling wooden pallets together and adding a plastic sheet and some blue tarpaulin to the inside.
The video then ends, leaving viewers in suspense as to whether or not Caleb’s DIY actually worked.
Some TikTok viewers were sceptical, with one commenting: “Uhh…do ya’ll really think this will work I’m sorry but absolutely not.”
“Won’t last long at all,” proclaimed someone else.
“I think it will work as long as you don’t add water,” replied a third.
However, all were proven wrong as the pallet pool is still in fantastic condition almost one month later – and easily holds around 3,000 gallons of water.
Speaking to Jam Press, Kayla showed off their pool and said: “When he first started suggesting the ideas, which was about a week before he actually built it, I thought it was a little crazy.
“He’s had a ton of ideas and all of them have worked but I didn’t understand how he was going to make a completely functional pool in the backyard, but after searching online for several days for viable options that we could buy that were in our budget, I finally gave in.”
The process wasn’t too time-consuming as Caleb managed to finish his project in 12 hours spread over one week.
His wife continued to explain: “He used 14 pallets and he made sure to find ones that were made out of oak or walnut so that they would be stronger. The pine pallets are more brittle.
“He used supports to connect all the pallets, essentially making walls, and he then took hurricane straps which are flexible but extremely strong bands of metal and strapped them across the corners.
“For the liner, we used some vapor barrier plastic, and then to make it have that blue pool feel, we added in the blue tarp. I helped him get the tarp in and I researched what filter system and chemicals we should use.
“I also helped him paint the exterior white. And of course, I filmed it being built.”
Kayla still can’t believe that her husband’s swimming pool is so hard-wearing and has been amazed by the response it has had on social media.
She added: “We go swimming in it almost every day and have had several pool parties.
“Despite everyone’s shock, you can, in fact, jump into it as well and it won’t break.
“I posted the original video that same day he built it. I kind of did it as a joke because in all seriousness I was trying to go a very different direction with my TikTok.
“I started with 400-ish followers the day I posted the video. Two weeks later, we hit the 200,000 mark.
“I’m shocked that it has blown up like this but as I said before we do projects like this all the time, so we are excited to see an audience that’s ready for more and enjoy what we are doing.
“We want to continue to do DIY projects and can’t wait to see what’s next on this crazy journey.”