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    Quote Originally Posted by Shropshire_Tom View Post
    Well stuff has been turning up left right and centre! My wallet is a lot lighter than it was, but there’s tons of pond stuff to go at!

    Hoping to get the pipes above ground level for the pump house this weekend now I have the bits. The builders are back digging the foundation for my workshop and hoping that will be ready to have the concrete done next week. The workshop will be a ring foundation out of block with an insulated concrete slab. I’ll need about a million board feet of ship lap between the pump house and workshop, but you often get a better deal buying it in bulk. Timber prices are deeply upsetting in general recently, though better at the moment than they were!

    Pic below is the workshop footings on the opposite side of the garden to the pump house.



    Glass has had delivery confirmed for the 19th June and I’ve booked some muscle (in the form of family bribed with the offer of free food!) to help install on the 1st July. Plan on building a CLS frame inside the pond to manoeuvre it into and then level it before getting the adhesive on and baton it to the wall.


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    good progress!

    yeah, been to the timber merchant today myself just for some odds and ends.
    they have gone very quiet, the yard was empty and i was the only customer,
    but thats the knock on effect of extortionate prices...people stop buying 'luxury' items like timber lol!

    i was going to replace some fencing, but decided just to repair it instead...
    to be fair they are still the cheapest in the area,

    i rang my other timber merchant for basic 6' x 6' waney fence panels they wanted £45 each!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    good progress!

    yeah, been to the timber merchant today myself just for some odds and ends.
    they have gone very quiet, the yard was empty and i was the only customer,
    but thats the knock on effect of extortionate prices...people stop buying 'luxury' items like timber lol!

    i was going to replace some fencing, but decided just to repair it instead...
    to be fair they are still the cheapest in the area,

    i rang my other timber merchant for basic 6' x 6' waney fence panels they wanted £45 each!
    As a fencer am over the moon to see the price of timber is slowly falling up here now ! Hope it keeps falling tho still a long way to go to be back to normal

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    Foundation ring poured today. The lads arenít about tomorrow but plan on doing the block ring on Friday and get the insulation down and the rebar in.

    In pond related news, Iíve had 50kgs of great quality sheíll turn up and really impressed with how clean they are. All organic a removed, baked at 200 Celsius for 25 mins and bagged. I had 30kgs of scallop and 20kgs of oyster. Put them in my shower for safe keeping until the pump room is up and running. Where you guys all tend to put them? Waste of media space in the shower but can probably get them in my bio chambers if I spread them around a bit.




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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    good progress!

    yeah, been to the timber merchant today myself just for some odds and ends.
    they have gone very quiet, the yard was empty and i was the only customer,
    but thats the knock on effect of extortionate prices...people stop buying 'luxury' items like timber lol!

    i was going to replace some fencing, but decided just to repair it instead...
    to be fair they are still the cheapest in the area,

    i rang my other timber merchant for basic 6' x 6' waney fence panels they wanted £45 each!
    Itís crazy. They are significantly better than they were, but still crazy.

    When I priced up sleepers pictured earlier in the thread, there wasnít much between softwood and green oak and the azobe I went with for most of them werenít much more expensive than new wood. Which is saying something because azobe has historically been the most expensive of the reclaimed sleepers!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    As a fencer am over the moon to see the price of timber is slowly falling up here now ! Hope it keeps falling tho still a long way to go to be back to normal

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    Yeah same here, falling but still well above historic averages


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    All of the baskets arrived for the anoxic chambers. Thereís enough for 36 in each chamber giving me a total of 72. Thereís probably room for a fourth layer if I get my levels right making 48 per chamber and 96 total. 96 does feel like overkill, so I might put my scallop and oyster shells on top. I hadnít planned to put them all in, but if thereís room I figure why not!

    Each bio chamber will fit 3 rows of 12 easily. Iíll just have to be careful to pipe to the bottom of the slopes baskets with the tank connections as they are a relatively close fit:




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    Iím all set for another weekend of pipework this weekend coming. Itís eye watering how much Iíve spent on pressure pipe and fittings!! However, Iíd never have trusted waste pipe and Iím hoping that doing it properly once means Iíll not have to do it again. Famous last wordsÖ..

    On the subject of pipework after some first hand experience if anyone has any with uniseals? Iíve got some 2Ē connections to make to settlement barrels and they look the easiest by far. Any tips? Iím presuming they are a bugger to push the pipe through but make a great deal? Used to use similar at work years ago, also made by DuPont, but different name back then


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    Well itís been a really hot day for it!! Iíve got the 4Ē skimmer line in and all the way around the pond below ground level and back up. Still got to put another bend on it tomorrow to get it back to vertical from its current horizontal. From the skimmer, I also have to get my overflow line ran tomorrow if thereís time. If I manage that, I can finally start moving my soil mountain and cover it all up! Looking forward to being able to do that.



    I also got my 4Ē feed and return for my lily pond in place and above ground. I had wanted to use swept bends on this too, but room did not permit. It shouldnít limit it too much as itís only got a maximum of 32k litres per min flow if both pumps are full chat - which I donít intend them to be most (if not allÖ.) of the time. These pipes were buried so it was a lot of graft to dig them out and glue them up.



    Was also important they were vertical, as the first stop after the lily pond is a settlement drum which will be attached by a bottom entry screwed flange, so jury rigged it with the smaller level New pond build - First pond! had to work fast today, the cement was setting in seconds.

    The string line you can see in the second photo is the rough outline of the pump house. If the builders can pour the slab for my workshop on Wednesday as planned, their next job is to prepare all the ground so the pump house slab can be framed and poured. If I can finish off getting the pipes above ground tomorrow, Iíll be out of the builders way and they will be out of mine. They can get the pump house slab done and start slabbing the patio and sorting out the levels etc. I can start building the pump house and the workshop.

    To get the levels for my RDF and the bio chambers, the builders might have to cast me some platforms in the pump house or build it up in block. Will decide closer to the time.

    Itís been too bloody hot to work quickly! Been in the full sun all day and really feeling it now, hoping tomorrow might have some cloud cover or a breeze for me.


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    Made some more progress today whilst simultaneously melting from the humidity!! The overflow line is run and ready for the raised bog garden which will house gunera and Iris and such as per the above and below photos. Iíve got some sleeper off cuts left from the beds so Iím going to come 2 sleepers high, dig out around 12Ē, line with a cheapo pond liner or some DPM if I have some knocking about and jab a couple of holes in it.



    I also got the 4Ē skimmer line back to vertical and high enough that it wonít worry the concrete pour for the pump house. You can see it at the far end of the photo below, the 3 swept bends bringing it around and up. I could have done it in two swept bends, but Iíd glued two together in the wrong orientation for one of the BDís so made use of it hereÖ..rather than bin an expensive bit of pipe!



    And then the final job before I threw the towel in because of the daft humidity was shovelling soil. Lots of soil. Iím getting somewhere close to ground height now, thereís about 3Ē left to go. When it has all settled a bit Iíll tamp it down and top it off. I havenít filled in the far end of the pond (where the returns are) because I want to get the air lifts as deep as possible to give them as much life as possible. Itís great being above ground finally with everything, feels like a long time Iíve been below ground level!

    Next job will be the air lifts and the lily pond liner. Both will take a bit of time which Iím short of in the next few weeks. Iím hoping the builders have some time in their diary to get the pump house concrete done so they can start the patio. Will keep you posted.








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    A couple more pictures of the backfill.


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    Iím having some real trouble locating material for the anoxic filtration. I had used sanicat for my fish tanks but Iíve picked up a bag to check and after a couple of days in water, you could use it as modelling clay. I suspect itís the same stuff as it ever was baked at a lower temperature of for a shorter period.

    Iíve located some absorbent granules and had two bags delivered to check. The website states the below and the picture is the actual stuff that turned up. Iíve put it in to soak for a few days and will let you know if it holds its shape. Fingers crossed New pond build - First pond!






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    Well so far so good with the anoxic BCB media still hard and gravelly after 36 hours.

    In separate news, my workshop base has been poured today. The lads did a great job.



    Bit of insulation to keep the worst of the cold out, on top of 75mm of MOT and under the DPC. Then rebar and concrete:







    They got a nice finish on it, so looking forward to getting everything in there so I can start tinkering.

    Tomorrow they are starting the shuttering for the pump house base. There will be roughly 3t of water in there at any given time so weíve gone for 200mm with an ST4 concrete, the same as the pond base, and the thickets rebar mesh stocked on the shelf at the builders merchant. The pour is scheduled for Saturday morning. Iím away Saturday and Sunday but will get you some pictures as soon as I can.

    Once the pump house base is poured, itís onto building the platforms for the anoxic containers and the RDF. Then I can build the structure and wire and plumb and we arenít far off from getting some water in thereÖ.

    Still plenty left to go. Sounds good when I say it quickly though New pond build - First pond!


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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    personally i wouldn't use alfagrog in a shower, it's large pores are famous for trapping any debris in
    if you don't want to pay for shigure or csm or bio home, get pumice.
    but avoid the likes of mountain tree media, lots of people have had probelms with it literally disintegrating
    Well, thanks for the info Dave, just ordered 18 boxes of Shigure from the guy in the Netherlands who I presume is a major distributor. That or I just got ripped off for a lot of money New pond build - First pond!

    In all seriousness though, Iíd never heard of the Shigure so appreciated.

    Iíve also paid for the RDF and got the delivery date so all told, itís been an expensive day!


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    The builder levelled off the pump house area and prepared everything for getting the frame built today. The concrete is due to be poured Saturday morning whilst Iím away. As long as he remembers to include my water feed, power feed and light cable Iíll be happy!



    You can see off to the left the lily pond. The two pipes closest to it are the feed and return. The four pipes to the right are the three BDís and the skimmer line. The white bag has all three air pipes in it.

    Once this base is poured, the lads will be onto the patio and my next job is to build the air lifts. After that I need to finish and line the lily pond and then build the pump house. The glass is due on Monday and I plan to fit on the 1st July as thatís when the lads are all available. Looking forward to seeing the glass in, but dreading doing it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shropshire_Tom View Post
    Iím having some real trouble locating material for the anoxic filtration. I had used sanicat for my fish tanks but Iíve picked up a bag to check and after a couple of days in water, you could use it as modelling clay. I suspect itís the same stuff as it ever was baked at a lower temperature of for a shorter period.

    Iíve located some absorbent granules and had two bags delivered to check. The website states the below and the picture is the actual stuff that turned up. Iíve put it in to soak for a few days and will let you know if it holds its shape. Fingers crossed New pond build - First pond!






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    This stuff held up really well! Details below:




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    Iíve come back from a weekend away to a concrete base for the pump house. Happy with how it came out all things considered. They remembered my water feed, electric feed in and feed for lights out.

    The only small fly in the ointment is my own fault, Iíd taped my 1Ē air feeds together and had intended on spacing them out nicely - and forgot. Thereís enough flex in the 1Ē pipe that Iíll be able to get straight couplers on and spread them out further up though. I intend to have the air pumps high up so Iím hoping it wonít present too much of a problem.

    The glass is due for delivery tomorrow so whilst Iím looking forward to receiving it, Iím not looking forward to keeping it safe or fitting it! Things are really starting to take shape now. The patio porcelain is for for delivery on Wednesday and they are due to start laying on Thursday, so that will help finish things off in front of the pond.

    Will keep you all updated! The RDF should arrive this week too.


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    Well the glass arrived. I can confirm itís heavy as hell!!

    Crap communication from Tuff-X, Iím pretty sure if I hadnít phoned up to ask when delivery was Iíd not have found out until it arrived. No confirmation emails or anything.

    Iím annoyed about the glass, one corner has a small chip - which I spotted - but I decided to accept it anyway as it will be hidden by the reveal. What I hadnít noticed was some small bubbles in the lamination which must be the top because of the chip having to be at the bottom so they will be right in eye line. I might phone and complain tomorrow, but they wonít be able to get a replacement here in time if the lead time for this piece was normal. Lives and learns.

    I ordered the cladding for the block work today too. I saw someone on here has similar so I shamelessly ripped off their idea (imitation is the best form of flattery right??). Stock photo below of the stuff Iíve ordered:





    The lads are back on Thursday to start laying slabs. When did slabs get so bloody expensive?? I got porcelain in the end because the price difference wasnít enough to make porcelain too much more painful! Weíve gone for light slabs to contrast the dark slate and sleepers. Hoping it will look the mutts nuts when itís done. If it doesnít, this whole thing has been an abject lesson on how to waste a decent chunk of money New pond build - First pond!New pond build - First pond!


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    great to see it all coming together now, slab laid ect...

    but you're not the only one to get chipped glass recently, alburglar recently had a piece with a splinter.
    i wouldn't not be happy if i got a chipped piece of toughened glass that was supposed to be bevelled, polished, and dubbed on all 4 sides.

    the issue with that is, even if it happened prior to the glass being toughened, heat soaked, and tempered.
    is it can cause the glass to fail at a later date due to internal stresses caused by expansion and contraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    great to see it all coming together now, slab laid ect...

    but you're not the only one to get chipped glass recently, alburglar recently had a piece with a splinter.
    i wouldn't not be happy if i got a chipped piece of toughened glass that was supposed to be bevelled, polished, and dubbed on all 4 sides.

    the issue with that is, even if it happened prior to the glass being toughened, heat soaked, and tempered.
    is it can cause the glass to fail at a later date due to internal stresses caused by expansion and contraction.

    Thatís a really good point. I might call them today. I was excited and probably should have rejected it at delivery but excitement got the better of me. Not sure what Iíll do as they wonít get me another in time for fitting. Will keep you posted!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shropshire_Tom View Post


    Well the glass arrived. I can confirm it’s heavy as hell!!

    Crap communication from Tuff-X, I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t phoned up to ask when delivery was I’d not have found out until it arrived. No confirmation emails or anything.

    I’m annoyed about the glass, one corner has a small chip - which I spotted - but I decided to accept it anyway as it will be hidden by the reveal. What I hadn’t noticed was some small bubbles in the lamination which must be the top because of the chip having to be at the bottom so they will be right in eye line. I might phone and complain tomorrow, but they won’t be able to get a replacement here in time if the lead time for this piece was normal. Lives and learns.

    I ordered the cladding for the block work today too. I saw someone on here has similar so I shamelessly ripped off their idea (imitation is the best form of flattery right??). Stock photo below of the stuff I’ve ordered:





    The lads are back on Thursday to start laying slabs. When did slabs get so bloody expensive?? I got porcelain in the end because the price difference wasn’t enough to make porcelain too much more painful! We’ve gone for light slabs to contrast the dark slate and sleepers. Hoping it will look the mutts nuts when it’s done. If it doesn’t, this whole thing has been an abject lesson on how to waste a decent chunk of money New pond build - First pond!New pond build - First pond!


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    Where is the best place to order these from?

 

 
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