by Rick Findley
KIB Travel Moat EditThis 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.
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.
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.INTEX 3-ring toddler's wading pool. 45" in diameter (outside to outside)
Inner Ring Variant 1: Swim NoodleEdit
This is the original design. Rick recommends variant 2 (see below) for the most portable option.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).
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.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".
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.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.