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    New sleeper pond

    Hi everyone, first post.

    Planning my first pond build which will be a raised sleeper pond 4m x 2m x 1.2m. Worked it out I'll be needing 40 sleepers and going for hardwood arriving next week. It will be hardwood lined on the inside, padded and will be getting a butyl box welded liner to avoid any unsightly creases.

    The sleepers will be tall side up but tied together in the corners and brackets on the inside so I'm not worried about the strength. Seen a few that have been built tall side up too.

    Inheriting a nexus easy pod and several koi from my uncle who is moving and filling his pond in.

    Looking forward to getting on with the build. Might be a few questions along the way.

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    Shaun



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    New sleeper pond

    Just finished my sleeper build.I went 80cm with the sleepers above ground and a meter below. Would recommend using the 25cm timberlock screws and staggering the corners. Also a concrete collar with rebar to make sure it won’t go anywhere.

    Are you going for a window?

    Good luck with it


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    The corners will be staggered and looking to use some timberlock screws as well some steel rods going through 2/3 sleepers at a time just to make sure everything is knitted together.

    No window, just keeping it relatively simple and the pond will mainly be viewed from above as the garden is on 3 levels.

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    Hi Shaun, Built my pond last year using oak sleepers. I bought my sleepers on the cheap from ebay and I suffered in the build as the thickness varied greatly. Just check to make sure the wood is all straight and the roughly the same dimensions upon delivery. Will save massive headaches down the line. Also pre drill everything if you ever plan on taking it apart. The timberlocks work great on pine but cant cope with the oak unless the predrill holes are correct. Oh yeah and an impact drill is a must for ease. I re-barred through all three layers and the pond will never move, I pitty the person who has to take the thing apart.

    Cheers,

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    good luck bud,im building mine at moment using softwood sleepers laid flat all 96 of them to make a 6mx3m x 1.2m pond,i used 16inch 12mm rebar predrilled on every corner and joint on first layer of 3 then 12inch long on other 9 layers,i have also screwed every sleeper to the one below it in 4 places with some 6" 6mm torx screws from toolstation,went in loveley with my makita impact lol,get rebar not the threaded steel bar,its cheaper and stronger,but you need a sledghammer to whac it in,i got a 12mm 450mm long auger bit to do mine and didnt realise the rbar is 12mm plus 2mm with the ridges,and with a 10lb sledgehammer after putting 38 on a row nearly killed me lol,good luck with it all though,andi

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    Heres min at moment,andi
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    Looking good Andi gonna be a cracker

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    you couldnt of worded something any worse gooner,picked some fascia boards up for brother in law this morning,after looking at length on roof rack and thinking they may flap about and bend and break on way home i thought i could get in car 3.2m long,looked ok shut boot and he said "youve just cracked your windscreen" arghhhhh £95 for new one fitted sunday through insurance, teach me to be a smart arse andi

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    shauny be careful if your putting hardwood on inside,the pressure from pond may push board and if youve screwed it to sleepers they may puncture liner,im just using the thick underlay that came with my boxweld straight onto sleepers,cant see point in extra on inside apart from something like some insulation boards to keep warmth in,andi

 

 

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