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    Doh!

    Spent the day pressure washing the driveway. When I'd finished I put all the gear away and gave the washer a wipe down and went in for a brew. A while later I went to check the pond and straight away saw the controller on the drum was in the alarm mode. Took a look at the drum and the float switch was laid flat on the surface. Immediately thought there must be a blockage in the bottom drain. So stopped the pumps and gave the bottom drain a good flush, the water was clean, no rubbish came through, but then I thought maybe something had been flushed through and I just hadn't seen it come through so i'll give the drum another try. So next I increase the trickle to top up the pond to replace what I'd flushed through the bottom drain, and then noticed........... nothing was coming out of the top up line, it was at that moment I realised what I'd done when I put the pressure washer away. The supply to the Pond is on a tee off the outside tap and I had turned off not just the hose pipe but also the supply to the pond and drum (so the drum couldn't backwash) . So now the pond is still topping up. Feeling stupid? I know I am.



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    At least you got it sorted.

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    Yes sorted. But I think I will put a lock or something on the tap to stop me doing it again in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokoi View Post
    Yes sorted. But I think I will put a lock or something on the tap to stop me doing it again in the future.
    lockshield house union bibtap,
    there are more modern variations to lock your outside tap now, but the oldies are the goodies...

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lockshield-...79317749&psc=1

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    The Solution to Pollution is Dilution

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    I put an isolater valve on mine so need a screwdriver to turn it off.
    John

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    hahahaha I think we all do something like that at one time or another ...

    I changed my UV bulbs the weekend, several hours later I closed the filter house up and noticed a damp patch under the UV, I started scratching my head, I couldn't find any wet drips but then realised I had not opened up the gate valves I had closed to service it... on the good side the rubber union did well with 15,000 lph pumping at it from 3 feet away, Christ if that had given way that would of made a BIG puddle

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    [QUOTE=davethefish1;374629]lockshield house union bibtap,
    there are more modern variations to lock your outside tap now, but the oldies are the goodies...

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lockshield-...79317749&psc=1

    Thanks very much for for the link I have now ordered one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    hahahaha I think we all do something like that at one time or another ...

    I changed my UV bulbs the weekend, several hours later I closed the filter house up and noticed a damp patch under the UV, I started scratching my head, I couldn't find any wet drips but then realised I had not opened up the gate valves I had closed to service it... on the good side the rubber union did well with 15,000 lph pumping at it from 3 feet away, Christ if that had given way that would of made a BIG puddle
    With the pond and all the equipment that goes with it the scope for a disaster is quite large. I retired 4 years ago with the thought that now I have time my pond will be in A1 condition, I hadn't accounted for the senior moments I'd have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokoi View Post

    Thanks very much for for the link I have now ordered one.
    just don't lose the key
    some valves the 'shield' part also holds the gland in place, if you remove it to close the valve, the gland might pop up and water will spray everywhere...
    just use the key and you will be fine...
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