Around the Bend Strawbale House, Pond and Gardens

July 23, 2014

underlay carpet adjustment

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Since the carpet under the liner is important for protecting the liner, we (or someone) had to check the carpet under the liner.

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After that we let the rain fall and slowly fill up the bottom portion of the pond.


July 20, 2014

First “swim”

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We began filling the pool to help the liner find its place and identify areas to adjust.  We took the opportunity for the first swim too.  More water will have to wait until we have a permit and get the fence finished….

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July 19, 2014

Liner install

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First we had to roll the liner out across the bottom of the pond — 1200 plus lbs..  Then hoist it with the skidsteer up onto the outside of the wall.  We hoped we could just unroll what we needed from the roll at that point, but we in fact needed to unroll it down the hill outside the pond and then hoist it in sections to adjust.

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Next came the big moment, measure several times.. cut once..

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and we are ready for unfolding…

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for the unfolding we did a little time lapse movie.

watch it here.

And then a few pics of the results… it was a terribly hot day, in a pit, and with a very hot liner.

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July 18, 2014

Liner install final prep

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Just before the liner we put carpet over all the bags, with a double layer on the bottom of the swimming area.

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July 16, 2014

Getting ready for liner — yet more

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We’ve also worked to finish all the bags around the bottom for the wooden wall.

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Then we finished all the bags around the top edge finalizing the water line. And finally double checked the levels to ensure we had an even top line all the way around.

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July 14, 2014

getting ready for the liner

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We spent a bunch of time shaping edges and cleaning up… all in anticipation of putting in the liner.

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Daughter worked to keep filling the bags.  She claimed to have shoveled 6.5 tonnes of gravel into those bags, which weigh 100lbs a piece.

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July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 10 — The big day

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For months (well really the last couple of years) we’ve been able to drive the Cat skidsteer and the Kubota tractor and trailer down into the bottom of the pond through an opening and ramp at the east end of the pond.  Today was the day that ended…..

First we completed the drain piping (see previous post), connecting the perforated pipe to solid pipe up to ground level and beginning to bury it.

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And then the big moment of feeling like we had an actual full pond basin.. filling in the opening and forming the last wall of the pond.

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This feels like a major accomplishment.  It really feels more like a complete pond now.   For the next few days its looks like lots of bag and carpet placement.  The weather is hot so we can only do so much at a time.



Early July 2014 b

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We’ve added yet more bags [this will be a theme for several days– likely around 100 bags to go..]  The bags weigh around 100 lbs, and once in place need to be pounded flat and solid.

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We’ve installed a drain pipe with sock under the bottom edge of the lowest part of the pond.  We get some ground water in the pond.  The drain will be connected to a pipe which rises to ground level.  We are expecting that the weight of the water in the pond above the liner will force the ground water into the drain and then up the pipe to ground level and will run away.

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We now can bring the liner into the bottom of the pond awaiting its unrolling and unfolding.  The liner we bought is 100×50 feet and weighs around 1200 lbs.

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And then we brought in about 80 bags of gravel for future use.  This is only part of the bunch.



Early July 2014 a

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In early July we’ve been able to spend more time with the long weekend holiday and vacation starting.  We’ve added more carpet and gravel bags shaping the edges of the pond.

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And began the bags on the shelf in the pool where the wooden wall will sit on.


We’ve also been drilling fence post holes all around the property and the pond. The fence is the critical piece of the permit for a pond.  It has to be 5 feet high, not climbable, locking and self closing gates. [we’ve only put up part of the fencing and poles so far.]

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And again picked more rocks out that we had found while shaping walls and the shelf.

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Early June 2014

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In early June we reviewed the erosion caused by the wicked winter and the spring rains and started to, with a hand shovel, shape the dirt walls and the shelf on which the wooden wall will sit.

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We also cleaned most of the big rocks out of the bottom of the pond.

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It started to take shape and looked much neater and cleaner after the winter.

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And then we began to put in the carpet which will protect the liner from rocks and roots.  We collected some of the carpet last year and stored it.

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