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nice work dr dave look real cool i like the bridge too. y did u cement the border for support? I dug mine by hand my and daughter she was 2 and a half she had a little shovel and a wheell barrow she did good.
 
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Dug our rebuild by hand. That is only about 1/2 way done. Took a couple of weeks.

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And no I didn't use the pink and orange shovels. lol
 
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So I am digging one now on a side hill. I just finished building a wall in the back yard. There was one rock that was near the bottom of the wall that I wanted to get out and as I dug around it I realized the rock was pretty big. To get it out I had to get another out and then I saw that I could get another and another and somewhere along the line I decided to build a pond into solid rock. Been using my air hammer with a chisel bit, crow bar and 3’ heavy pry bar, shovel and hands. Some of the rocks I have been pulling out weight 400 or so pounds as this is CT. Many are small 10-20lb and the bulk is chunk that I just break up and shovel out. A few I have had to use a hydraulic press to get out, which I got at harbor freight. Basically it either has to be a 2 teir pond with a smaller pond up top (2’W x 2.5’L x 2’D) with a ~1’ tall waterfall going into it and then the water spilling over it into a larger pond below (8’W x 5.5’L x 3’D). Most of the lower part is only like 1’ deep except where the upper pond would spill over is a deep 3’ V that goes along the width. I had planned to make it 1 pond, but at the bottom I would have to use the rocks I pulled out to make up for the height that the ‘upper pond water lever would be.
Nothing is planned yet, and I will make another post to figure all that out with some pics.
Here are some pics of the wall. Ignore some other the other useless ones, as I don’t really even know what is in there sense my GF set it all up and I cant view that site from work.
http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AZNHDlo5bM2TmQ
 
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i see your skippy filter..what size tank are you using? go to the poll in the garden pond talk and vote your filter.
homemade or store bought filters is the poll
 

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I dug my 7ft by 3ft by 3ft with a shovel. HARD WORK! I also hit a couple of roots about a foot down. Both were under 2" in diameter so I just got the sawzall out and took care of them.
 
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We started our current pond on april 4th "big dig day" it took us 3 weeks and we did it with a lil help from dad. We started early and dug through the wettest april chicago has seen in over 80 years lucky us. Here's a couple pics.
 

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I dug mine by hand last summer its 7x8x3 ft. unfortunately didn't make it big enough for my grand scheme and am getting ready to add another foot around, another fall w/stream and a bog. the wife currently thinks I'm crazy, but she thought that way before the initial pond , too.
 
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I am digging my own pond by hand as well. The hard clay type soil here is sometimes brutal but I am not going to let it beat me lol. Welcome to forum as well !
 
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dig deeper and bigger!

I dug mine myself. Figure 8 design: 13ft (x2) wide (widest parts) 4ft (skinny part) x 21ft long. It is 3' 9" deep at each wide area. I haven't figured out the gallons and probably never will. I do wish it was bigger, but now I am hoping to add my swimming pond next year and use this as a feeder bog for that......... Wife never saw it coming.....
 
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We dug ours by hand. Didn't have a choice. Line locates indicated our power line was right were the small end of the pond would be located (never did see the power line). Hard red clay soil here and FULL of rocks! Took about a month to dig! We had planned to go 4' deep but stopped at 3'. Hope I never have to hand dig another pond again! Here are some progress photos:
 

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Thats the type of stuff that using an air hammer to break it up would make it a lot easier. Thats how I dug mine, though it was solid rock. But I have used it where it was clay and it worked great. You just wave it around and it loosens it all up and then you scoop it to the side. I even just vacuum it up as I go, but to do a large area, the vacuum clogging all the time would get annoying. I am using this method now to dig a ditch a foot down for the 2" filter drain pipe.
 
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aviator79 said:
Thats the type of stuff that using an air happer to break it up would make it a lot easier.

Ahhh...an air hammer would've worked great and probably would've been safe to use in the area of the power line as well. We could've rented a backhoe for the larger end but by the time we had the smaller end done, my husband said "Well, it's almost done now. Might as well finish it by hand.". Between the patios was really easy...still clay but much softer and no rocks. That was my digging area. :biggrin:
 
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Except for 2 wheel barrow loads that my hubby did, I dug it all myself with a basic round point shovel. 6ft. diameter and 3 ft. deep. Installed the liner 2 liners, 10 ft. and 15 ft. square hauled most of the rocks and stacked the retaining walls and falls all by my lonesome. ;) While I was planning this project and telling my hubby about it, he'd just roll his eyes
 
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We STARTED digging our monster with a old backhoe...that broke and spewed oil everywhere, so we switched to shovels and an improvised "sled" hooked to a tractor to fill and haul out of the pit.

After the basic shape was there, i dug out shelves and details with a SPOON! Old river edge composed of pressed silt and nothing else. We hit the old river rbed and rock at about 6 feet down, luckily no water!

What i would have done different is lessen the slope down to the deepest section so rocks don't slip and whip down to the bottom. Bigger? OH YES! I'd build a LAKE if i could! But it works for us.
 

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