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by Rick Findley

KIB Travel Moat Edit

KIB moat in use
This is super-transportable KIB moat. This moat uses the bottom ring of an inflatable baby pool for the outer moat and an inner ring that slips underneath. There are two variants:
  • the original version uses a swim noodle for the inner ring and a loop of string to secure it.
  • the updated version uses a smaller inflatable pool as the inner ring.

The outer ring's floor has an 18" diameter center hole cut into the middle.

 
Rf trmoat 13 1 gallon of juice added
This moat will best accommodate a hoop with a 34" diameter (or slightly smaller of larger).

Less than 1 Gallon of juice is required.

Estimated cost (U.S./Mex) under $10.00 (if using swim noodles for the inner ring).

Estimated time to build: 1 hour.
 
Rf trmoat 15 COMPLETE KIB KIT
For maximum portability, use Rick's Travel Hoop to complete your KIB Travel Kit. Pictured is the swim noodle version with a travel hoop.
 
Rolledup side SAM 2987 rickf supercompactmoat

The super-compact moat rolled up for travel or storage with a non-slip liner.

Variant 2 rolled up and ready to go (side view). Note the non-slip shelf-liner
 



The Outer RingEdit

The moat consists of an outer ring made from the bottom ring of baby pool large enough to accommodate your hoop. A circular hole is cut on the middle; the person to be put in the bubble steps into this hole. The inner ring is slipped underneath and secured with a string.

Rf trmoat 01 Foto pkg
INTEX 3-ring toddler's wading pool. 45" in diameter (outside to outside)
 
Rf trmoat 02 CUTTING THE BOTTOM RING
Remove the top 2 rings by cutting along the top of the bottom ring just above where it is attached to the middle ring.
 
Rf trmoat 03 FINDING THE CENTER
Inflate the 1-ring wading pool, locating the very center of the pool and mark it (as shown).
 
Rf trmoat 04 CREATING A RADIUS
You will need to cut the center out of the pool for subjects to stand in. The circular center section you will cut out will have an 18" diameter (the radius being 9"). Attach a string to a narrow stick (or other such object) and attach a marking pen 9" away from the stick.
 
Rf trmoat 05 USING THE RADIUS
Draw out the circle to be removed...
 
Rf trmoat 06 CENTER PART TO CUT
...as shown
 
Rf trmoat 10 SETTING THE STRING OVER CENTER RING
Cut out the center of the pool where it has been marked and slip the circular middle ring beneath the pool and center it as shown. Next, make a circular loop with a sturdy string or other material. To accommodate the dimensions of this moat set-up you need a string 93" long. Tie the ends together to create your loop.
 

Inner Ring Variant 1: Swim NoodleEdit

This is the original design. Rick recommends variant 2 (see below) for the most portable option.

Rf trmoat 07 JOINING THE NOODLES
For the center ring you will need to purchase 2 pool noodles at a nearby Dollar Tree, 99cent Store, WalMart, etc. The total length should be 86 1/2". I recommend cutting 2 pieces of equal length from both noodles (i.e. 43" & 43 1/2"). It is important to mention to cut the ends of the noodle at a very slight angle so the noodles form a better circle when attached to each other. The ends should be duct taped together as shown (use a broad duct tape).
 
Rf trmoat 08 SPECIFIC SEQUENCE TO TAPE
 
Rf trmoat 09 MAKING PROGRESS
 
Rf trmoat 11 STRING KEEPING MIDDLE RING CENTERED
To secure the inner ring, slip the string over the center ring (you may need some assistance doing this until you have practice doing it solo). The string should be snug around the outside of the bottom of the center ring to keep it in place.
 
Rf trmoat 12 READY TO GO
...and voila
 
Rf trmoat 14 ready for storage or travel
An additional feature of the Travel Moat is that it is compact and can be made travel-ready as follows: -disassemble, fold and roll the moat -remove the duct tape from only one of the connections on the center ring so you have one long length of pool noodle -wrap the pool noodle around the deflated pool (as shown). -use the string loop (used as a keeper for the center ring) to bind the compact package as (shown) by opening the loop, setting the package inside, twisting the string once to make it tight and repeating two more times (similar to wrapping a rubber band around something 3 times).
 

Inner-Ring Variant 2: Smaller Wading PoolEdit

An alternative to using a pool noodle for the center ring is to use a second smaller wading pool. This design has a few advantages over the original design: more compact and the inner pool's bottom catches drips. In this version a 33" inch diameter pool is used for the inner one. These pools are offered by INTEX as 3-ring children's wading pools. This version does not require a string loop to secure the inner ring.

It is suggested that you add non-slip bathtub stickers or a non-slip mat to the center.

N0.1-
This picture shows the two pools required for the inner and outer rings. Both pools started as three ring pools and had the upper rings removed as described earlier. The inner ring is made from an Intex wading pool whose outer diameter is 33".
 
N0.2--Smaller tube underneath

Slide the smaller inflated pool underneath and center it as desired.

Slide the smaller inflated pool underneath and center it as desired.
 
N0.3--Spreada out and tucked in--ready to go
Smooth out the wrinkles and tuck in the small bit of excess to form the moat
 
Rolledup side SAM 2987 rickf supercompactmoat

The super-compact moat rolled up for travel or storage with a non-slip liner.

Rolled up and ready to go (side view). Note the non-slip shelf-liner
 
Rolledup front SAM 2986 rickf supercompactmoat

Super-compact moat rolled up for travel/storage with a non-slip shelf liner.

Let's go!
 

Odds-and-EndsEdit

After use, in order to deflate the pool in less than 30 seconds, open the plug at the top of the valve and pinch the base together in order to opened the inside valve to release the air.

Rf trmoat 16 INSTRUCTIONS AND PATCH
The INTEX 3-ring wading pool also comes with additional instructs and a patch with instructions.

Caution: When using a plastic inflatable style moat it is important to clean/sweep the area the moat will be resting on along with a protective sheet or blanket type material beneath to minimize punctures and tears.

 

See AlsoEdit

Rick Findley's DIY Travel Hoop

Kid in a bubble

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