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    So, I am thinking...

    I will not get my slabs done around my pond this year so I will not be able to tile the rest of it, but I will be putting my bargain slate copings on top of the walls to protect them, but do I also get a coat of masonry paint on the block walls to help protect against them getting soaked during the winter ??

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    I just stuck my slate tiles on with the same tile adhesive I used for the walls. I didn't bother with sealing the walls first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjt29 View Post
    I just stuck my slate tiles on with the same tile adhesive I used for the walls. I didn't bother with sealing the walls first.
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    Edit : Slate coping not tiles

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjt29 View Post
    I just stuck my slate tiles on with the same tile adhesive I used for the walls. I didn't bother with sealing the walls first.
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    Ahhh excellent, handy to know, will be easier to build up for me than using silicon/tube adhesives

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    I read it somewhere maybe here, so thought I'd copy it. It works spot on mate. Rock solid too And so it begins - Going down and building up :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayjt29 View Post
    I read it somewhere maybe here, so thought I'd copy it. It works spot on mate. Rock solid too And so it begins - Going down and building up :)

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    Very kind of you Jay, MUCH appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    Thank you... and god so am I, I was just so desperate to do as much of it as I could without dropping adhesive, sealer and other crap into the water

    So Feline... did you fill your pond and then leave it a while before emptying it out ??
    I never emptied it out.
    I was busy gluing valves onto all the lines as the water level came up

    I ran it completely unfiltered for a couple of weeks- initially we swam in it for the lolz, and then I stuck 3 fish in there. On 6k gallons that did nothing to the water parameters, but the water did start to go a little green by the time I got the filters online with the UV 2 weeks later.

    I didn’t do any of the finishing work until after the pond was running. I had got a bit fed up of building things by then so wanted to take a bit of a break from it over the first winter. It took me a while to get round to rendering and doing the split tile wall on the filter house, I used a cat walk board to stand on over the pond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feline View Post
    I never emptied it out.
    I was busy gluing valves onto all the lines as the water level came up

    I ran it completely unfiltered for a couple of weeks- initially we swam in it for the lolz, and then I stuck 3 fish in there. On 6k gallons that did nothing to the water parameters, but the water did start to go a little green by the time I got the filters online with the UV 2 weeks later.

    I didn’t do any of the finishing work until after the pond was running. I had got a bit fed up of building things by then so wanted to take a bit of a break from it over the first winter. It took me a while to get round to rendering and doing the split tile wall on the filter house, I used a cat walk board to stand on over the pond.
    Ahhhh I see, typical, thank you... I am filling with tap water/none filtered so cant do that DOH

    Never mind, it will help me find leaks and finally get on with the plumbing

    Well this evening the water finally got above the glass bottom whilst I was doing plumbing, water been on all day again and it was a little race to get fittings welded on the mid returns before water started flooding through !!

    I am circa a couple of inches up the glass and had a tiny weep coming through, In haste I sealed over it from the outside and that stopped it, I have noted where and will try and find the source and seal it up from the inside when I pump the tap water out in a week or so, other than that, trying to figure out the plumbing is getting tough this time of night, another order of parts sent off and brain freeze so time for a kip...


    Roll on tomorrow evening to get another 2 or 3 hours of plumbing and head scratching done

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    I filled with tap water too. Would be too slow through dechlorinator for that volume, and I wanted the chlorine to hang around until we had stopped swimming in it. I just added some ST before adding the fish.

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    Looking really smart mate!!
    Like Feline, I filled mine straight from the hosepipe, then added ST and left it a couple of days before adding fish.

    Can I ask where you got your tiles from? There's loads on the net but always best to get a recommendation!!

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    Really enjoying seeing your progress, it looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feline View Post
    I filled with tap water too. Would be too slow through dechlorinator for that volume, and I wanted the chlorine to hang around until we had stopped swimming in it. I just added some ST before adding the fish.
    Ahhhhh thats great then, I will do the same <banana dance>

    Is there one you would recommend ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk101 View Post
    Looking really smart mate!!
    Like Feline, I filled mine straight from the hosepipe, then added ST and left it a couple of days before adding fish.

    Can I ask where you got your tiles from? There's loads on the net but always best to get a recommendation!!
    Annnnnd another THANKS !!

    Yes no problem, I got these ones, because a relatively good price, in stock, and next day delivery was only an extra £3.00 compared to standard economy pallet - I never like waiting for stuff

    https://www.tilezone.co.uk/Rotia-Gre...ace-Tile-18x35

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    Quote Originally Posted by g mac View Post
    Really enjoying seeing your progress, it looks great.
    Thank you Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    Ahhhhh thats great then, I will do the same <banana dance>

    Is there one you would recommend ??
    I buy it like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sodium-Thio...3809313&sr=8-1
    However literally any tap water-safe product would be fine (just more expensive than making up your own )

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    I got home from site visits today at lunch time, so water now back on, I have circa 6" of water up the glass now

    View from my office window below


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    Your back wall looks a bit precarious like that. I assume you’re planning to tie it in to some more filter house walls somehow when you build the rest of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feline View Post
    I buy it like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sodium-Thio...3809313&sr=8-1
    However literally any tap water-safe product would be fine (just more expensive than making up your own )
    Super Job, do you have to add it to anything or just as as is (correct ratio to water volume of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feline View Post
    Your back wall looks a bit precarious like that. I assume you’re planning to tie it in to some more filter house walls somehow when you build the rest of it?
    Yes, a lean-too type structure that will brace it to the concrete floor, I will be putting Batt-strap wall ties on it too, so loads of bracing , thanks for pointing it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    Ahhhhh thats great then, I will do the same <banana dance>

    Is there one you would recommend ??
    And so it begins - Going down and building up :)And so it begins - Going down and building up :)

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