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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom G20 View Post
    Damn right it made light work of what would have been back breaking stuff!

    The blocks will seperate the filter pit area and the main pond, the bottom drain and pipe work will be dug in first the underlay and then liner will go in Gray.
    Spot on! Was just checking as I saw someone going to build a fibreglass pond and they were going to block up first and then pour the concrete base inside!!! Eek.

    Iíll keep following your build as itís looking good. My own Koi pond build

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom G20 View Post
    Thanks Roy blocks are on the way so that will be next and the bottom drain. The pictures will follow trust me I cannot resist
    attah boy. keep um coming

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    Itís update time yet again.
    Today has been pretty eventful, I have solvent welded the bottom drain to the 4Ē pipe and connected that with the swept bend ready to attach to the filter.

    The drain has been concreted in, and the footing for the filter pit and blocked wall has been laid.

    My mate who is a brick layer is coming round next week to lay the concrete blocks and build the filter pit.

    After it has all set properly I will take some more pictures as the pipe and drain have been covered to keep sand, cement and rain etc out. Hope you guys like the progress as much as I do!




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    doing well mate. but i would nt have a rubber boot on the bottom drain. this is only my opinion mind you. any pipe that is out of site and under concrete in my opinion should be solvent welded
    and tested first before putting cement over the top of it. i have had rubber boots be good for 3 years then leak. I now look at my rubber boots every week. all my rubber boots are above ground.
    just my opinion. and I am trying to help you. I know you would be able to get to the pipe as your putting under lay and liner in the pond. I think you said. but think of the scenario of . if in a years time it leaks
    at the rubber boot. nightmare.
    good luck with the build mate
    fred

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    Iíve got boots above ground and when I commissioned my set up one of them leaked - manufacturing issue - so had to replace it straight away. It was a small leak so I only noticed it the day after when a small 10p sized puddle was accumulating. Underground and Iíd never noticed until the water level started to drop Iíd guess.

    Agree with what Fred said. Defo get a solvent swept bend on that drain run - fix and forget it then.

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    Looking good, but would have to agree with Fred and Grey, I've had problems with getting new rubber fittings to seal, I wouldn't risk them anywhere that isn't accessible, they serve a purpose but I hate using them

    You are making good progress so the end is getting closer, my end goal seems to keep moving the closer I get the further away it goes
    4600 Gallon Concrete Block and Fiberglass
    2.1 Meter x 0.71 Infinity Window
    2 x Aerated Bottom Drains and Skimmer
    Filtreau HiFlow 30 Drum Filter
    Bio Chamber - 140 litres K1
    Bakki Shower - 30 KG Sakura Far Infrared Media
    2 x 18,000 lh pumps

    http://www.koiforum.uk/pond-construction-pond-build-diaries/21720-roy-lynns-shiny-pond-day.html

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    Well guys, I took your advice, I broke a segment of the footing and dug underneath to access the rubber boot connector, I swapped it for a solvent weld 90 swept bend for that peace of mind.

    Anyway I apologise for not replying for so long the house has been keeping us very busy. So, they didnít all happen at once but we have made some gradual progress. Let me know what you think.

    The decking hatch is all propped by gas struts and it makes 100kg feel like 10, best £100 I spent!!




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    looking good mate. them gas struts are good

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    looking good mate. them gas struts are good
    Thanks Freddyboy, the underlay is in and liner now with the drain and skimmer box siliconed in. It's getting there for sure. Getting 2 waterfall filter boxes next week so once they are in the water can be added and pumps turned on. All the landscape rocks are ready to go around the edge with river rock for margins once the edge is perfectly level.

    The gas struts though are insane got them from a great place they took all the measurements and weight and provided the appropriate sized struts and mounting brackets it was a breeze to install

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    Hi there. Pond is looking like a good build. Would you mind posting up where you got your struts from? I have been looking at getting some for ages but am never confident enough to hit the button in case they are not up to the job. I only have to lift about 60kg so not to heavy.
    Thanks Craig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Craig- View Post
    Hi there. Pond is looking like a good build. Would you mind posting up where you got your struts from? I have been looking at getting some for ages but am never confident enough to hit the button in case they are not up to the job. I only have to lift about 60kg so not to heavy.
    Thanks Craig.
    Hi Craig.

    Search SGS engineering on google, they have a video on YouTube as well to show you how to install the struts. Service is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom G20 View Post
    Hi Craig.

    Search SGS engineering on google, they have a video on YouTube as well to show you how to install the struts. Service is awesome.
    Same place I got mine from. I got adjustable ones as I had no idea how much the filter lid weighed.

    Dead simple to fit, as you said, and I just bled the gas out of each strut in turn until the lid started to close.

    Super easy to lift now!

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    Yeah just bleed them in equal intervals and they work in unison perfectly. Saves us breaking our backs every time we need to conduct filter maintainable. All the jap matting has been delivered and my dad has managed to borrow a hand held power saw to cut it into cartridges. This will be aerated. The pond is half filled so far it is taking a lonnngggggg time haha!


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