Building pond in Israel by a Granny!


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Yeah, look up how they weather sealed utility poles in the 80s and earlier. Probably creosote. Pretty nasty stuff. Sure does work, though!

Back in my construction management days, one of our clients was the owner of a high rise downtown. Their lead engineer was an older guy who'd been there for decades. He liked to tell me about how he spent the beginning of his career sourcing asbestos fireproofing for the steel as the building was being erected and now he's spending the end of his career taking it all back out.

Same thing happened to my dad. Spent his early career building a nuclear plant and the end of it taking that same plant apart.

Wouldn't want you to suffer the same fate with your bog.

Yeesh! You're so right!

The reason I thought about using that pole to begin with is that I noticed how well the wood has held up the past 20 years (or more, since it was already out of service when we bought the place). I don't think it's creosote; I would have recognized the smell. But something has certainly preserved it, and whatever it is could well leach into the pond, even if it's on the outside of the bog. The bog will be a good three meters away from the pond, but it's on a higher level. Now it's possible that after all these years, whatever could leach out of the wood has already done so, but why take a chance?

So probably I'll just go with cinderblocks for the inside construction and rock for the facade, and the pole will live to light another day (or not, since there's no current going to it). In any case, this decision will make His Honor the Chef happy, as he tends to get nervous whenever I pick up a chainsaw. Hides in his office mostly, but that's because there's no room under the bed.
 
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But really, who am I kidding? I don't think I could stand it if I had to just sit back and let someone else have all the fun! :) I would have driven the builders crazy the whole while!
Me too!
 
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Been there done that as the contractor.... hey that's not the way they did it on tv..TV... oh how I loved people educated by TV... ok lady well do it that way your price just doubled .....
 
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Now it's possible that after all these years, whatever could leach out of the wood has already done so, but why take a chance?
Not likely now in any of the 30 or so states I have worked in tearing down poles. The outside may silver up and not have a odors that is untill you cut it. Osmos is the leader in today's treatment.
Every now and then you may find a cedar pole that was not or was lightly treated but those are hard to find.
Creosote is hard to miss the black tar and like yea said the odor is unmistakable.
 

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