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    looks a quality job mate,
    should last for years now

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    Spent 3 days of the Easter Weekend working on this, yet it barely looks like I've done anything.....

    First of all, credit to the cement mixer. Was coming out at 70 per week to hire one. So I bought this, the cheapest one I could find, 119 from Amazon inc. delivery.... what a bargain, its been fantastic and I'll keep it for my next project, a patio, before selling on where I'd imagine I'll get most of the money back:






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    The ball valve is from the Skimmer line that will be feeding the ASHP, so I made this little base where the pump will sit and will fit a swept bend from the ball valve straight into the pump:





    The wall with the ASHP / Heat Pump base now integrated:





    Closer look at the heat pump / ASHP base:





    And I made a walkway out of old gravel boards that were too heavy do anything else with. The wall is going to be clad with featheredge to make it look like a normal fence, and I'll mount a hand rail onto the wall alongside this "walkway" as its quite a drop if you slipped:


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    If its not raining tonight I'll start installing the electrics (SWA cable already installed through the wall which you can see entering at bottom right) so it just needs securing and connecting up to weather proof socket, and as I'm about to rip out a block paved patio I will start making a path alongside the bottom of the wall which is currently just mud:

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    Getting there mate
    7500 litres
    Filtreau combi with uv.
    Some koi

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    That's what I did Steve,bought a second hand mixer used it for my build and other jobs then sold on at a profit,happy days.

    Looks a great tidy job and love those rocks just the job.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post





    If its not raining tonight I'll start installing the electrics (SWA cable already installed through the wall which you can see entering at bottom right) so it just needs securing and connecting up to weather proof socket, and as I'm about to rip out a block paved patio I will start making a path alongside the bottom of the wall which is currently just mud:

    Had to do a double take on the ASHP pipework. For a second it looked like lead pipework freshly installed until I realised it was just the insulation haha need to wear my glasses when looking at stuff!!

    Lots of graft there RS, but looks a great job.


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    Well overdue an update on the retaining wall project which has now turned into a behemoth of a garden project, and the pics really don't help visualise the amount of earth and materials moved.

    Over 6 metric tonnes of materials delivered so far!

    If the plan is to install a heat pump, then I'm going to need a path to get to it:

    From this:




    To this:




    To this:




    To this:



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    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post
    Well overdue an update on the retaining wall project which has now turned into a behemoth of a garden project, and the pics really don't help visualise the amount of earth and materials moved.

    Over 6 metric tonnes of materials delivered so far!

    If the plan is to install a heat pump, then I'm going to need a path to get to it:

    From this:




    To this:




    To this:




    To this:


    A lot of graft pal but looking really smart now.


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    If I've got a path to the heat pump, I'm going to need a patio to get to the path......

    But before doing a patio, best I replace the side fence first:

    Out with these old fence posts that were over 2 feet deep and took half a day per post to remove:




    Out with the old side fence:





    Made up some new Arris rails - never done this before so was happy with my first ever attempt:




    In with the new fence which looks so much nicer from the neighbours side:


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    And the pre-treated fence from my side:





    The back of the garden was a steep-ish slope leading down to a stream, so 3 tonnes of type 1 MOT down to bring the levels up to a more reasonable gentle slope, whilst finding a perfect use for 2 of those old concrete fence posts which you can see laying on their sides having been placed directly over the freshly poured concrete footings:




    After some more grading I felt it was still too sloped to place garden furniture. The pic doesn't show it too well but you can see from the fence angle how much its already been raised:

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    So another tonne of MOT down and another course of edging bricks all the way round to raise it up even more level and can finally start laying slabs. Now working with a 1 in 50 fall which is just right for rain run-off:





    And here's the progress so far, with a long way still to go:







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    There's some graft gone into that, what a transformation though, well worth all the hard work

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    And finally the heat pump is now in position feeding the bead filter followed by the protein shower:

    In need of a wipe down!







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    Almost forgot.....

    I ran a separate power supply for the ASHP from a different Consumer Unit in the house to the main pond power (At one point my house was split into 2 houses so there's 2 CUs) so in the event of any faults or tripping the main pond supply won't be affected.

    The SWA cable for this runs under the new patio and through the base of the new retaining wall so no visible wires etc.

    Here's the cable coming up from the bottom of the wall:




    And with an RCD protected weatherproof socket:




    The pump itself is 17kw but shows a maximum draw of 3100w, therefore I'm running it on a 13amp fused plug and the SWA is protected by a 16amp MCB at the CU. I didn't have any 20amp breakers spare which would have been my preference but no nuisance tripping so far.

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    And the cat loves the new patio good job
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiOgon View Post
    And the cat loves the new patio good job
    The cat (and our other cat, plus all the neighboring cats who all meet up daily in my garden) also snapped my string lines on multiple occasions at the most critical times.

    And every slab that went down seemed to be an invitation for as many cats to play on it as possible. Had 3 cats on one slab at one point and typically that slab was on a 5" bed of the most watery cement mix I'd produced!

    They caused the slab to slip very slightly which I didn't initially notice and its messed up my joint spacing for the rest of that row.

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    Coming along well Steve! I had a similar thing when laying my patio where I was washing out the mixer and the feb/mortar primer painted on the slabs before laying. I was pouring out the dirty water in the last corner where the patio was going to be laid, and one night the missus let the dog out before I had managed to blockade it off. The dog went steaming round there and straight through it running feb/mortar slop across almost every single patio slab I had laid meaning I had to try and get it off as soon as possible in the pitch black as feb/mortar primer stains. Luckily I got the worst off and the next morning used wire wool to finish the job where it was no longer noticeable but I was gutted the night it happened!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Coming along well Steve! I had a similar thing when laying my patio where I was washing out the mixer and the feb/mortar primer painted on the slabs before laying. I was pouring out the dirty water in the last corner where the patio was going to be laid, and one night the missus let the dog out before I had managed to blockade it off. The dog went steaming round there and straight through it running feb/mortar slop across almost every single patio slab I had laid meaning I had to try and get it off as soon as possible in the pitch black as feb/mortar primer stains. Luckily I got the worst off and the next morning used wire wool to finish the job where it was no longer noticeable but I was gutted the night it happened!
    Thanks Sam.

    I can relate to this, exactly the same situation here where I'm washing out the mixer in the right hand corner and the cats have run straight through the wet slurry and onto the slabs. When I got up next morning there was cat and fox prints embedded in the now hardened slurry and on the slabs. Fortunately it did come off really easily as by now it had become a really watery weak mix.

    But you lead me onto a question that I've been pondering over.... what happens when you finished the patio and there's nowhere left to wash out the mixer?

    I hate cleaning the mixer, usually my clothes have to go straight into the wash, and I feel pretty bad when the slurry works its way into the stream. How do builders do it when theyre right at the end of a job and everywhere is finished / immaculate?

    Found myself only using the mixer when I can get a good 8hr+ run of using it, otherwise its not worth the aggro due to the time taken cleaning it after.
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    Not sure what builders do but when I cleaned out the mixer at the end of laying my blocks and slabs when there's nowhere to tip it I poured it into a bucket and left it to harden then off to the local tip with the rest of the rubble I had leftover

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