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    Sleeper pond build

    Hi everyone I know this has probably been asked a thousand times but here goes
    Im thinking of building a 3.6 by 1.8 pond from sleepers (aiming for about 4 foot deep 3 foot above and about a foot under ground) all sleepers will be in 1 piece ie 3.6 sleeper instead of a 2.4 +1.2! Bottom row of sleepers will be against a path on one side and a wall the other side! Would the sleepers on their sides support the pressure/weight of the water or do they definitely need to be on their bellies? Im thinking of cladding the inside of the pond with ply board to distribute the weight of the water! Also will be screwing it all together with coach bolts/timber lock screws and 2 brackets on each sleeper corner!
    Any info would be greatly appreciated
    Shaner



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    For that size pond sleepers on their thinner sides if properly secured together and sitting on a concrete collar would be fine.

    Here's the thread from my very first sleeper pond build. The sleepers held up fine for the 4 years the pond was filled, up until I moved house:

    https://www.koiforum.uk/pond-constru...t=sleeper+pond


    I did later extend this pond, increasing to 12000 litres and during that rebuild I opted to drill throug the sleepers and hammer down 1 metre lengths of 16mm rebar as additional support.

    I feel sorry for whoever tried to take it apart after I moved house - When they viewed they saw the timberlok screws in the corners and assumed dismantling would be a quick job. 2 years later I can see parts of the pond have been ripped out but the timber carcass of the pond is still there on google maps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post
    For that size pond sleepers on their thinner sides if properly secured together and sitting on a concrete collar would be fine.

    Here's the thread from my very first sleeper pond build. The sleepers held up fine for the 4 years the pond was filled, up until I moved house:

    https://www.koiforum.uk/pond-constru...t=sleeper+pond


    I did later extend this pond, increasing to 12000 litres and during that rebuild I opted to drill throug the sleepers and hammer down 1 metre lengths of 16mm rebar as additional support.

    I feel sorry for whoever tried to take it apart after I moved house - When they viewed they saw the timberlok screws in the corners and assumed dismantling would be a quick job. 2 years later I can see parts of the pond have been ripped out but the timber carcass of the pond is still there on google maps!
    Haha mint . Good review for your building skills tho

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    Brilliant thanks for the reply! Probably going to go with the 125x250mm thick sleepers plus overkill on the timber lock screws too! 👍🏻

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    my sleeper pond build


 

 

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