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  1. #401
    Have you ever read any of the Jack Reacher novels Fred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    Have you ever read any of the Jack Reacher novels Fred?
    no mate I have nt read them novels

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    ah...well, I'll enlighten you then mate. So, in these books by Lee Childs, Jack Reacher is a 6'-4" ex military policeman and is build like a brick outhouse. He
    gets into all sorts of scrapes, ends up fighting all the time and is very witty and charming and is a big hit with the laydeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.
    There's a couple of films based starring Tom Cruise as Reacher who isn't 6'-4"............. but about 4'-6"

    Guess which version me and Frim are?


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    I know how a spider in a bath feels like now.

    Was expecting any second a load of water pouring in and washing me down the BD.

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    That didnít take long did it?


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    Crikey, get the air rifle out!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post


    That didn’t take long did it?


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    It's probably been thinking how much longer before he gets my bloody lunch in here. I going to die of starvation if it takes much longer.

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  15. #408
    Iím not surprised really given that the Yateley lakes are 2 minutes way.
    I was thinking about some child proof netting anyway so will look into that a bit more seriously over the weekend


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    Time for an update, a warning to all potential pond builders and a big note to self.
    Righto, Iím quite an advocate of not over engineering things and when I discussed the various options regarding wall construction with my builder I let myself get talked into using trenchblocks for the walls with some stainless rods resin anchored in to the corners for some added strength.
    (My precious pond was hollow block filled with rebar and concrete).
    Anyhow, woke up this morning and noticed the pond level had dropped about 4 inches so immediately legged it to the garage to investigate the inevitable leak however, all was fine expect the level in the drum and bio chamber was very low too...hhmmm...stumbled to the pond (still in my dressing gown) to the sight of this

    To say Iím gutted is an understatement, Iím also surprised but not as surprised as I should be given the blocks have failed in a similar way to the other one that failed recently even though theyíre only 4 courses out of the ground.
    Oddly enough the area that gave me the real worries when the shell was built was round the window so I put some steel straps round that along with some additional rods, thatís also probably 3 courses above ground and is fine.
    I think the fibreglass can be patched up but Iíve no idea what to do about the 2 walls that are knackered.
    I need some time to reflect on this and discuss with the builder how we might affect a repair and at whoís cost.
    Iím also eating a massive slice of humble pie as I was quite an advocate of trench blocks.
    Could quite easily jack it in now to be honest.

    Going for another cry now


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    Time for an update, a warning to all potential pond builders and a big note to self.
    Righto, I’m quite an advocate of not over engineering things and when I discussed the various options regarding wall construction with my builder I let myself get talked into using trenchblocks for the walls with some stainless rods resin anchored in to the corners for some added strength.
    (My precious pond was hollow block filled with rebar and concrete).
    Anyhow, woke up this morning and noticed the pond level had dropped about 4 inches so immediately legged it to the garage to investigate the inevitable leak however, all was fine expect the level in the drum and bio chamber was very low too...hhmmm...stumbled to the pond (still in my dressing gown) to the sight of this

    To say I’m gutted is an understatement, I’m also surprised but not as surprised as I should be given the blocks have failed in a similar way to the other one that failed recently even though they’re only 4 courses out of the ground.
    Oddly enough the area that gave me the real worries when the shell was built was round the window so I put some steel straps round that along with some additional rods, that’s also probably 3 courses above ground and is fine.
    I think the fibreglass can be patched up but I’ve no idea what to do about the 2 walls that are knackered.
    I need some time to reflect on this and discuss with the builder how we might affect a repair and at who’s cost.
    I’m also eating a massive slice of humble pie as I was quite an advocate of trench blocks.
    Could quite easily jack it in now to be honest.

    Going for another cry now


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    Bloody hell that isn't good news. Sorry to see what hss happened Mr Big. Good job you hadn't put any fish in it yet!!!

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    The back corner wall has ďsnapped/tornĒ basically


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  22. #412
    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    The back corner wall has ďsnapped/tornĒ basically


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    Sorry to hear this. Big carp.
    I know it s gutting mate.
    But don t give up mate. Keep your chin up.
    See what your builder has to say.
    Again i am gutted for you
    Fred

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    Sorry to hear this. Big carp.
    I know it s gutting mate.
    But don t give up mate. Keep your chin up.
    See what your builder has to say.
    Again i am gutted for you
    Fred

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    The builder may find it difficult to speak with Mr Big's boot in his mouth, Fred

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    Blimey

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    I got all the water out sharpish, cladding to come off to inspect the ďgoodĒíwalls


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    I got all the water out sharpish, cladding to come off to inspect the “good”’walls


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    What with all this rain we've been having I'm surprised that the drains could handle it and then you go and dump all that down there too. There must have been a giezer at the local sewage works with all that being released at the same time!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    Time for an update, a warning to all potential pond builders and a big note to self.
    Righto, Iím quite an advocate of not over engineering things and when I discussed the various options regarding wall construction with my builder I let myself get talked into using trenchblocks for the walls with some stainless rods resin anchored in to the corners for some added strength.
    (My precious pond was hollow block filled with rebar and concrete).
    Anyhow, woke up this morning and noticed the pond level had dropped about 4 inches so immediately legged it to the garage to investigate the inevitable leak however, all was fine expect the level in the drum and bio chamber was very low too...hhmmm...stumbled to the pond (still in my dressing gown) to the sight of this

    To say Iím gutted is an understatement, Iím also surprised but not as surprised as I should be given the blocks have failed in a similar way to the other one that failed recently even though theyíre only 4 courses out of the ground.
    Oddly enough the area that gave me the real worries when the shell was built was round the window so I put some steel straps round that along with some additional rods, thatís also probably 3 courses above ground and is fine.
    I think the fibreglass can be patched up but Iíve no idea what to do about the 2 walls that are knackered.
    I need some time to reflect on this and discuss with the builder how we might affect a repair and at whoís cost.
    Iím also eating a massive slice of humble pie as I was quite an advocate of trench blocks.
    Could quite easily jack it in now to be honest.

    Going for another cry now


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    WHAT THE F@@k, so sorry to see this mate what an absolute shocker!


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    Why havenít they over lapped the blocks at the corners?!?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skoosh88 View Post
    Why havenít they over lapped the blocks at the corners?!?


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    Bloody hell they have overlapped it just noticed the bloody blocks snapped in half christ


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    Oh no - so sorry to see this! We had something similar when building our house - we had a mad roofer who decided he couldn't wait for the steals to be delivered and built the roof without them - he was planning on sliding them in afterwards apparently!!. Result was that the roof caused the walls to spread. The remedy I seem to remember, after sacking the roofer and getting the steals in was right-angled braces to reinforce the corners and tie everything in. Something like that might work for you - might not look pretty but it would all get hidden by the cladding anyway.

    Hope you get it all sorted.

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    Blue Eco 240 -> Large MB -> Waterfall -> Planted Anoxic pond (25 baskets)

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