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    SteveW's Pond Build Diary

    Broke ground yesterday (29th March) on my 4500 gallon pond, torrential rain here the day before, heavy clay so not ideal digging conditions. Its close to the house but base of pond does not extend below base of house footings.



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    You wont be long digging with those machines Steve,carefull of those porcelain tiles.
    Looking good mate.
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    Day 4 I think! Almost done digging, just got to tidy up the closest edge. 3 grab lorry loads so far, think it will need 4 altogether. 1 ton digger is not really big enough for a 1.2m deep hole, added to the fact I have to cart all the spoil with a power barrow to the front of the house. Anyone who even considers digging something like this by hand is either superhuman or insane. Plan was to pump concrete friday but i'm still waiting on a bottom drain so hopefully next tuesday. Once I have blocks up to ground level and the surrounds reinstated I will be happier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveW1 View Post
    Day 4 I think! Almost done digging, just got to tidy up the closest edge. 3 grab lorry loads so far, think it will need 4 altogether. 1 ton digger is not really big enough for a 1.2m deep hole, added to the fact I have to cart all the spoil with a power barrow to the front of the house. Anyone who even considers digging something like this by hand is either superhuman or insane. Plan was to pump concrete friday but i'm still waiting on a bottom drain so hopefully next tuesday. Once I have blocks up to ground level and the surrounds reinstated I will be happier.
    Hi Steve,
    I know what you mean about reinstating the surrounding area of the pond bud, it's a nightmare trailing the mud everywhere

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    Bottom drain pressure test- the pipework is easy to test with a bung, no problems there, but i can't figure out how to test the bottom drain itself-putting the bung in the pipe where it joins the bottom drain bypasses the connection between the drain and the pipe and obviously the drain itself. I tried a sheet of rubber with board and blocks ontop but I can't get a waterproof seal! Concrete in 4 days so running out of time! Any suggestions?

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    Finally ready for concrete Monday, i think about 4m3, local company has a 'on the flat' pump (unlike these massive lorry pumps that pump it over the roof of your house) so shouldnt take long with a mix on site lorry. Would be difficult without the pump because the is no access for a barrow on two sides of the pond!

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    Poured the base yesterday, 3.75m3. Mix on site wagon and concrete pump (on the flat) about £1300 total. Got the first course of blocks in today. My first time brick laying, great fun!20240416_190924.jpg

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    Finished the hollow blocks, 4 courses. It took two bulk bags of ballast to mix enough concrete to fill the cavities in the hollow blocks. I was surprised at the volume. 8 courses of solid blocks to go on next. Can someone advise on the overlap between window and surrounding blockwork? The is no frame,glass is going straight onto fibreglass. I was thinking 200mm but this may be excessive.20240421_085842 (1).jpg

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    hi Steve, looks like it’s coming on well, those hollow blocks do take a lot filling.
    my pond isn’t fibreglass I’ve just used a liner but I did an overlap on my windows of 50 mm. No frame. I think 200 mm is a bit over the top, but it may be different if you’re fibreglassing.

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    Hi Steve,
    Agree with the above post am on with a build at the moment which will be glassed and am doing a 50mm overlap on all three sides

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    Coming along great Steve looking good.
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