Levels and Liners

Had some time last week.

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Took time to shore up the walls, smooth out the rough areas, and level the bottom.

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I pulled out the underlay material and my son and I lined the pond bottom in preparation for the rubber liner.

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Prepped the bottom drain to make it easy to attach the liner by taping over the screw holes ahead of time. . . learned this little trick from The Pond Digger (Thanks Eric Triplett!!)

IMG_1480I called up my family and coaxed them over to the house to roll out the 700lb liner . . . Stay tuned for the moment of truth.

Pond Persistence

I’ve been working on this pond now for the last four months.  Little by little it is taking shape. I never realized it would take this long, but I have learned a great deal about pre-pond design, making walls, plumbing and filtration.

I placed my bottom drain, swirl filter, skimmer and found a large water trough to use at the top of the waterfall.  The swirl filter was designed by cutting the top off a 55 gallon barrel below.

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Once the filter was placed, I filled in the area and this is what it looks like from the top.

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With these pieces in place, walls have been shored up and the waterfall base has been built.  You can see the skimmer in the center of the image.  I was impressed with the Helix Skimmer from The Pond Digger.  I got my bottom drain plumbed, concreted in and smoothed out.  You can just see it (bottom drain) at the base of pond (I’ve got it covered with a piece of underlayment.)

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I decided on the Koi Toilet from The Pond Outlet and I’m hoping that the 4″ drain will accommodate for the ducks.

The The Pond Outlet has a much better image of this bottom drain that I included below:

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Bottom Drain with aeration line (fromm http://www.thepondoutlet.com)

I’ve reinforced the waterfall base with cinder block and used a 100 gallon water trough as the waterfall collection tank.  this way I can plant some plants in the top of the trough that will further hide the waterfall.

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So, the next step is to begin laying the underlayment to protect the liner from holes.  Stay tuned . . .