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How to Install a Shipping Container Pool | Ask This Old House

In this video, House One editor Jenn Largesse takes her backyard project to new heights with a container pool installation.

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There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to backyard pools. Container pools, or pools made from recycled shipping containers, are becoming more popular, and there are a lot of good reasons why. These pools are long-lasting, mostly self-contained, and relatively affordable compared to their in-ground counterparts. Here are the steps on how to install a shipping container pool.

Skill level: 5/5
Cost: Between $16,000 and $40,000, typically
Time: Depends on the company

Where to find it?
Jenn tours the manufacturing facility of Trek Pools ( in Anderson, Indiana to see how their shipping container pools are made. Once home, Jenn is joined by Joel from Trek Pools to install a 8’x’20’ shipping container pool with pre-installed Hayward equipment ( ) and an Automatic Pool Cover ( Working with the teams from All Crane ( and Shippers Highway Inc ( the pool is lifted over the house and placed onto the concrete foundation poured by Kurtz Concrete ( and supported at each corner by helical piers.

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