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Sizzlin’ Summer

How to Make a Pickup Pool

Photo: Illustrations by Ben Claassen III, License: N/A

Illustrations by Ben Claassen III


It’s super-hot,your AC’s not cutting it, and you think to yourself: My pickup’s parked in front of the cellar door, just inside of which is a hose. Also in the cellar is that Slip ’N Slide you bought used for $5. Might line the truck bed with it, fill it up with the hose, turn it into a little pool to splash around in. Fail. Your neighbor thinks his blue polyethylene tarp might do the trick. It does. You’re geniuses! Not so fast. The oracle that is Google says “Black Tusk, a band out of Savannah, Ga., likes to put together a ‘pickup pool’ to cool off after a sizzling hot gig.” So do you, now that you’ve reinvented the wheel.

Black Tusk, we salute you. Here’s our suggested method:



1. Park a pickup truck at a level place near a hose.



2. Line the truck’s bed with polyethylene tarp or other waterproof fabric that’s significantly larger than the truck’s bed.



3. Turn on the hose and start filling the tarp with water, arranging it to fit as it fills. Maybe have enough extra length on one end that you can double over and use as a pool “cover” when you’re not using it.



4. Get in. Say “ahh...”


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