CW's Back Yard Water Garden Begins!


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damn it SPEED IT UP I'M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER I want to see this one up and runnning. i bet you even give @brokensword a yellow submarine pond view. With all that and what you have going now I'll be older then
 
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damn it SPEED IT UP I'M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER I want to see this one up and runnning. i bet you even give @brokensword a yellow submarine pond view. With all that and what you have going now I'll be older then
oooh, oooh, me, pick me, oooh, ooh; yellow submarine pond view!!! You mean like this, @GBBUDD ??


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Hey @Jhn, why didn't you tell me if I push the track controls forward on Barney while the cab is rotated 180º, that I'll drive the machine into the hole?
 
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I hope this is a bad joke. YOUR HERE SO YOU MUST BE IN ONE PIECE
 

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Hey @Jhn, why didn't you tell me if I push the track controls forward on Barney while the cab is rotated 180º, that I'll drive the machine into the hole?
Ya know when you drive heavy equipment as much as you drive a car, those things are just common sense. Also the blade is the front of the excavator….Did have an employee one time say to me the controls on the excavator are backwards when I push forward it goes backward… told him spin it around and try again. Then he was the butt of some jokes for the next week.

Seriously though hope you and Barney are ok.
 
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Then he was the butt of some jokes for the next week.
He had to be a good worker those guys usually get banned for a while from even getting near equipment. so if it was only a weeks ribbing then he obviously had a lot to offer
 
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@combatwombat careful with your 24" culvert with kids around like i said the cap i used comes with screws to secure the cap but you know there will be many times it will be open or not secured. One thing i did do with the 24" in the cistern was to notch half of it so half the cistern actual sits on top of the aquablocks and the other goes down to the bottom where it is the lowest point where the water will drain to that area . Speaking of which it looked like your base is dead flat which is fine but at one end you'll want to have the pump in a deep spot i made that away from the drop and potential sediment build up.
 

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I wouldn’t go as far as to call him good and being the butt of jokes on our job the guys receiving it wouldn’t call it ribbing. He said he knew how to run it, so had him hop in and try. It was midi excavator in an open flat area, he couldn’t really do any damage, if I remember correctly that was the last time he ran equipment. He was the same guy that was critiquing my other employees ability to paint our tow boat, told him to shut the hell up and paint the f’ing boat. Think he lasted another day before he got canned, think he lasted about 2 weeks.

Most of the guys we get tell me how great they are and how much they can do. Pretty much tell them you don’t need to tell me, when we get to the job we will find out, 99% of the time I’m like wtf are you doing, thought you knew how to do stuff. In my line of work there is nowhere to hide if your an idiot, job is to dangerous and the work is too hard to suffer fools.
 
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I hear yeah loud and clear. Not that i EVER chased anyone offf a job site before. I had one FOREMAN in the middle of talking the project he was working on a simple excavation of 16 but it had rock at the bottom so we needed a hole ram. Well he had a 14'-6" long casing that had to be installed before the pole was set in the 16 foot excavation. well when the casing was sticking out above the grade by a foot and a half he had to break out a calculator on his phone to tell me that the excavation was 16 feet deep. When in fact it was only 13 feet but he was animate that he had got it. My job was not to stop him but to start the paper work that the hole / structure was out of compliance. YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID Weeks later the same foreman had a laborer working under a dump truck with process partially frozen under the lifted load in a hole compacting the soil. that was the last draw he was dismissed.
 

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Most of the guys we get tell me how great they are and how much they can do

I fired more than one ultrasound tech that told me they were a expert and knew what they were doing. One guy had been in the field 18 years. The first week he missed 7 major diagnosis, he was asked to leave. I always did a check scan on new employees no matter how long they had been in the field.
One scary field your life is in their hands and eyes. They don't film it the docs never see it.
 
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Don't worry folks. I only almost drove Barney into the hole. All is well, and now I have a good reminder to check the orientation of the cab before I start pulling levers.

@GBBUDD: Yes, I will secure whatever cap I put on the vault. It will be located in the corner of the excavation, and the floor of the pit is angled just slightly towards that corner. Vault will sit about 6" below level of crates with pumps held off of floor 6", level with bottom of crates. That will provide 6" for sediment to build up below pumps for occasional clean out.

I like the idea of cutting the vault to sit around the blocks. Think I'll do that. Better than stacking the crates around the vault and having to fill in the voids.
 
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Damn C.W your video explanation took two days to watch and sink in, Rome wasn't built in a day but Less chat and get that water a flowin . Look around here my good man 90% who come to this site are a bit under qualified. They have 500 gallon ponds let alone 2000 gallon cisterns. Trust me i feel yeah , but a second winter and you may start loosing the excavation
 
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@brokensword: Barney will get lots of shout outs. Don't you worry. I already filmed an update with a shoutout to GPF and I think I'll link all my video descriptions to this thread for anyone who wants to follow along or read about all the little things in between video updates.

@GBBUDD: The video is not for you. You already know what you're doing. It's for people like me who would like to build more advanced features but can find no good guidance with the actual construction details in a hands-on building format. No one is creating that content in blog posts or video—at least that I can find—so I am trying to do it.
 
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I understand wear your coming from I'm just trying to get you to realize even the best soil . After being left open for so long can fail. That can get costly. Videos take time but that hour could have got the fabric down. or the liner smoothed out. that's all I'm trying to get across to you. if you got the rains I'm having here now it would be big trouble. HAVE THE MRS grab the video camera or phone and have her take videos or stillS while you work. Just spouting off over 40 years of construction experience
 
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I'm with @GBBUDD - or set up a camera and film while you work. You could even invest in a gimbal that will let your camera follow you around. Voice over is just as good as a talking head! Worried about you here @combatwombat !
 
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@GBBUDD , @Lisak1: I love that ya'll are worried about me and the pond. Don't you fret—all is well and progress is being made. About to post another update, and I actually have 1-2 updates more recorded, but behind on editing.

Trying to keep future videos much shorter. ;)

Long time ago, I thought about setting up an exterior security cam and having it record each work session in 1 min time lapses. Got too busy and was feeling too lazy, though.
 

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