Trailer Trash Ingenuity – Jethro’s Own Hot Tub

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After a long day of working at the Kentucky Fried Chicken processing plant or on the road crew, you just want to unwind with a little hot tub action. But what’s a guy to do when you don’t have the finances to get a proper soaker? Well, golllleee! Y’all just need a plastic blow-up pool, some tubes, some duct tape, a garbage can, an ignition source, and a name like ‘Jethro’ and you’re in business!

Thanks to “There I Fixed It” on, we now know how the other half lives … and probably dies. File this one under “Don’t Try This at Home – Or Anywhere Else”.  Here we have a man that has DIY’d himself a hot tub by connecting a flaming garbage can to a plastic pool – and has added a nice cardboard sign to sign off his handy work. For the life of me, I can’t write this blog post without the voice of Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel from The Simpsons creeping into my brain.

“Hey, Brandine! I gots us a hot tub! After they get back from buyin’ our cigarettes, send the kin to stay with Memaw for the night!”

I give Jethro an A+ for effort. Really. But I have a funny feeling that hot tub is not up to code. Mike Holmes probably wouldn’t approve. Small children would probably point and say, “wow, that is DANGEROUS.” I wouldn’t want to be anywhere on the block when someone tips that flaming garbage can over and the plastic melts all over some poor shirtless sap. Forget skin grafts, you’d need a Hot Tub Time Machine to undo that.

As much as we like DIY here, there are some things that just shouldn’t be Y’d or DI’d … especially when the solution you’ve come up with involves an open flame. In a garbage can. Connected to plastic. So buckle down, save your pennies, and get a real portable hot tuby’all!

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About Jen

Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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