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ok all,

pond pic is attached, i need to get into the far corner easily and getting in and out of the pond is a pain in the but.

i put a few board together for a sort of bridge but was too heavy to move around.

Anyone have any other ideas to support 150 pound person aside from heavy wood?
 

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you could do it in composite wood but it would still be heavy .There is not much else that would support your weight unless you use what the cistern ponder did and use an aluminum ladder
 

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If you look at the post for cistern pond build he used an aluminum ladder to get over it ,He even put his quilt batting on it to help clean the pond
 

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Are you looking for something permanent or something to just use when needed and stored away after. For wood that is lightweight and good with water, I would recommend cedar.

I've always wanted to build a small replica of the Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge, so if it's a permanent bridge, you can build this out of cedar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematical_Bridge
 
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Hmmmm Good Question, How wide is the area of your pond (From shore to shore lol) where you want the bridge? If its temporary then I say the Ladder idea is great but permanent it will have to be easy on the eyes. BTW where can you buy the "creeping Jenny" if thats what it's called, I need a good ground coverage plant for the sides of the pond and i like the way it drapes and fills in!
 
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Looking at your picture, I think you will be really unhappy with a bridge across to that corner. If you insist, the cheapest and most sturdy building materials I found were the logs I used to frame my whole pond. They were like $3 for an 8' section at Home Depot, and they would match the wood you already have against the wall. However, you might try bricks under water with a flat stone on top, or something like that to make stepping stones. I am sure as with the ladder thread everyone will have suggestions on how to do it, but how awesome would stepping stones look going across your beautiful pond rather than a clunky bridge..

http://www.worldofwater.co.uk/pages/Building-a-Bridge,-Stepping-Stones-or-Jetties.html
Something like this maybe. Looks like a lot of work depending what is under your liner currently.
 

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I buy those logs for my baskets and wait until there on sale for 1.97 .He said he did want to move it so guessing temporary and cedar will put tannins in the water
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I used mine the other day over my pond because even my bridge does not help .I could not get to the area from the bridge to pick up plant pot that blew in the pond and suck and pool net was useless it just kept moving it around and it just kept going back to the same spot .I tried grabbers too ,as soon as I got it it would escape .So tried the ladder and darn if it did not work .An hour out there before I tried my fiberglass ladder .I found an old wooden one at the other house I am going to bring it over here and use it .May use this idea on the other pond at the other house too .I have 2 extension ladders and don't need both here so going to take the other one over for that pond .The one is a 2 story extension ladder and have not used it in years so took it and pulled it apart to be 2 ladders and this way they will work side by side .Gosh cistern pond builder started something
 

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Check out automotive supply places. They sell ramps for loading things into pickups. Welded aluminum, strong enough to drive a four-wheeler over, and some aren't too bad looking!
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I know I got my ramps at harbor frieght but they are heavy .I used my fiberglass ladder today ,it was handy and light and did not feel like going to get the aluminum one since I put it in the shed and the fiberglass one was sitting there staring in my face after i changed the bulbs in the security light and batteries in the smoke detectors in the basement .Electric but they have battery back up .
 

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Idea though tied a rope to the top of the ladder and put my foot leaning on the bottom step with ladder standing up right in front of me I slowly lowered the ladder across the pond and then when I was done pulled it back up the same way .
 
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When I put my 25' long bridge in I built it complete then I dis-assembled it and put one side at a time over the pond and then I assembled the platform between the two sides one board at a time. I hope this might help you.
 
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It seems obvious that you would not want anything permanent. Anything sturdy enough to support a person would distract from the aesthetics of your pond if left there. You don't have the space to create a fancy arch bridge over this pond. It would hide the whole pond. I think the ladder idea is probably about the best. Use a short extension ladder (just long enough to reach the distance), place a few decorative flat rocks on each side to rest it on so that it will be level, then lay a 1" x 12" plank over the ladder steps to walk on. Remove it when you are done with your maintenance and store it behind the shed or in the rafters of your garage. The ladder and plank should be sturdy enough for almost any person and light enough to contend with.

I wouldn't use a soft pine for the plank, but maybe a Birch or Cedar.


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