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    Dawson's Pond Build and Garden Makeover

    It's finally started... been planning this for a while now and been meaning to start for ages but for one reason or another I never got the time. I figured if I carry on like this it will never get done, so I have opted to get a landscaper in to do it.

    I'm going for 12 foot by 9 foot with a total depth between 4.5 and 5 foot, this should hopefully get me somewhere between 3000 - 3500 gallon.

    It will be built with 440mm 7N blocks and will be raised roughly 700mm.

    I have got a QK35 drum filter and large bio chamber feeding into a bakki shower, I hope to have the bakki shower return under water and then have a waterfall blade for decoration.

    Today the garden was fully gutted and the dig began:-

    Site where the pond is to be built:-

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    The digging begins:-

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    The bulk of the digging has been done and basically just needs squaring off:-

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    My garden is now a huge mess as the grab truck came 5 hours early and had to be turned away, he was supposed to come back later in the day but then postponed until tomorrow:-

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    The 3 lads worked really hard today and got a lot more done than I thought especially considering the heat!


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    Itíll be fine
    Nice project and good kit Dawson's Pond Build and Garden Makeover


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    Nice size pond and top notch kit, looking forward to following this build.

    Was a nice warm day down south for all that digging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post
    Nice size pond and top notch kit, looking forward to following this build.

    Was a nice warm day down south for all that digging!
    Well I'm up north, but it was still a hot day, the lads did well.

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    Starting is always exciting! Good luck and looking forward to following progress

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    Grab truck came today, had to do 2 trips and still didn't get it all cleared away but what's left will be used for back filling:-

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    The hole was then squared off, dolomite added and compacted:-

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    The hole is a bit too big, it wasn't supposed to go all the way to the fence on the right, I had asked for a foot either side, but now that they have done it I think I will move the pond over by a foot so that I have more room on the left hand side to get to the filter house which will be located behind the pond, the only problem with this is I wanted a foot on the right so that the skimmer pipe would be out of view, now it will have to go on the left hand side and I will have to find some way of boxing it in.

    I'm off to pick up the filtration system tomorrow and then I am going away for a week, so there will be no more updates until I get back.

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    Not made as much progress as I would of hoped due to the weather, I lost count of how many times I had the old pond vac out in hopes of it drying out! Finally made some progress today.

    The bottom drain and pipework is all glued up and in place, rebar in the hole followed by 2.5 cubic metres of concrete, I didn't manage to get any pics during the work but here is a pic as it currently stands:-

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    The concrete isn't as good as I would of liked around the drain, but nothing I can do about that now, hopefully the insulation and fibreglass will build it up a bit.

    Now here comes more rain to ruin it... just my luck, I have got a tarpaulin over it but not sure how much it is going to stand up.

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    Looking good to me mate.
    John

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    Same mate. Looks good to me. Fingers crossed for you for the weather
    Fred

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    Starting to take shape, first 2 and a half layers of block in:-

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    I have just realised the builders have left too much of a gap on the right, which means the drain is now 100mm closer to one side!

    Very frustrating but bar taking up all the blocks and starting again there is nothing I can do about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawson View Post
    I have just realised the builders have left too much of a gap on the right, which means the drain is now 100mm closer to one side!

    Very frustrating but bar taking up all the blocks and starting again there is nothing I can do about it!

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    So long as you have plenty of circlation with the water. You should be ok mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    So long as you have plenty of circlation with the water. You should be ok mate

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    Yeah I know it should be fine and I guess I have to live with it but now it will always play on my mind a bit because I will never "unsee" it and will always be drawn to the fact that the bubbles from he aerator aren't central lol

    I now also worry that the filter house either won't be parallel with that wall or I wont have enough room for the valves... only time will tell in this one

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    More blockwork done today, its finally starting to take shape:-

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    More block work done today:-



    They forgot about the window, so then had to come back to remove some blocks:-



    That's going to be it on the pond progress for a few days, as you can see on the first image the fence is rotten and needs replacing, now is the perfect time to do it before the pond gets built up any higher!

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    Coming on nicely. I bet that one armed wheelbarrow is difficult to control

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeM View Post
    Coming on nicely. I bet that one armed wheelbarrow is difficult to control
    Haha, it snapped on the very first load of dolomite and yes it has been a pain since... it's going in the big soon!

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    Fence is done, now we can get back to the pond:-




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    Tidy job on the fence.
    John

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    Agree nice job

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