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Couple Turn Dumpster Truck Into A Makeshift Hot Tub

Ciara Sheppard

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Couple Turn Dumpster Truck Into A Makeshift Hot Tub

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News

We're loving seeing people getting creative with their lockdowns, but this makeshift hot tub - made by a man in Yorkshire eager to win some brownie points with his partner - truly takes the biscuit.

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For the last two years, Dave Eastwood has been building a new home in Honley, West Yorks, which has meant he and his partner Helen Kettleborough have had to move into the garage.

Dave, 63, had been getting fed up of Helen, 60, complaining about only having access to a shower and no bath to relax in, so he looked to the resources he had available and came up with a genius idea.

Thinking outside the box, Dave decided to transform the couple's digger into a temporary spa for Helen during lockdown, filling the bucket of the machine up with water and shower gel.

Helen was thrilled with her makeshift spa! (Credit: Kennedy News)
Helen was thrilled with her makeshift spa! (Credit: Kennedy News)

Not perturbed by the lack of electricity, Dave used a hand drill with a plastering attachment to create the bubbles for the authentic hot tub experience.

Once the scene was set, retired childminder Helen climbed in via a ladder and enjoyed her long-awaited soak with a glass of wine in hand.

"It was absolute heaven to me. It was really lovely to relax. We've just been using a shower in the garage so to have a soak was really nice," Helen said.

After they let the sun heat up the water, Helen got in the digger to enjoy a soak (Credit: Kennedy News)
After they let the sun heat up the water, Helen got in the digger to enjoy a soak (Credit: Kennedy News)

"We've been in the garage for two years now, so I had been complaining about the lack of bath so Dave decided to shut me up.

"Once I was in there, I didn't want to get out. I stayed in for a good half an hour, once I had finished my wine.

"We even had some walkers go by while I was in there and said it looked nice. We might have to look at renting it out when the house is finished.

Dave, 63, and Helen, 60, are currently building a home in Honley, West Yorkshire (Credit: Kennedy News)
Dave, 63, and Helen, 60, are currently building a home in Honley, West Yorkshire (Credit: Kennedy News)

"It had to have a couple of days of sun to warm the water up. We'd filled it up on the Saturday and I finally got in on the Monday.

"Just to make sure, I had a shower first so I was already a bit wet and it meant it wasn't as cold.

"We'll definitely be filling it back up when it is a bit warmer. I've already told Dave that when the weather gets a bit better, he needs to fill that bucket back up.

"Once I'd finished in the bath, we poured the water over the plants so we didn't waste anything."

Helen stayed until she'd finished her wine (Credit: Kennedy News)
Helen stayed until she'd finished her wine (Credit: Kennedy News)

Dave added: "Helen loves the jacuzzis at holiday parks so I promised we would put one in the new house. Ever since then she has been on to me about when she would be able to use it.

"After almost two years of nagging I had finally had enough and told her 'she would have one very soon' and that's when I started filling the dump truck up.

"She absolutely loved it so, for just a little bit of water and one bottle of bubble bath, it's saved me a lot of earache.

"The best part is you can just drive it round so it's always in the sun. You just have to go slowly so the water doesn't spill."

How genius is this?! (Credit: Kennedy News)
How genius is this?! (Credit: Kennedy News)

Note to self: don't spend a few thousand pounds on a plush hot tub when you can just use an old digger instead.

Topics: DIY, Life, Real Life

Ciara Sheppard
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