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So I literally just found my hole in my pond. Totally bummed! It looks like an animal ate it!! I need recommendations for patches or is this too big? I may be feeling like this is the worse case. But I feel like this whole liner needs to be replaced. Now I didn’t install this pond it came with my house. So idk how old it is. But I know this was not here last yeah.
 
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It was under rocks I never move
 

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It was under rocks that never get moved
 

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That one looks very patchable! Just drain the water below that area, clean the liner directly around the hole, and use a patch kit of your choosing.
 

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Oh my! Thought it was going to be a pinprick size, but that’s a HOLE! I’m sure this would be fixable, but I would be worried about any other places that might be wearing through. How long have you lived in this house, since you don’t know the age of the pond/liner? I think most EPDM liners are warranted for 20 or so years. How big is the pond and do you have fish?
 
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How long do these patches last?
I am not sure, though I have seen the aquascape crew use a patch to fix a hole in a brand new pond ( box knife slipping and cutting liner ) so I assume it is not any worse than the liner itself.
 
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Oh man. This is making me wonder if I need the concrete cloth. Arrrggghhh. Sorry that happened!
 
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So I went to 3 stores. I’m about to order them online cause my pond place I go to doesn’t open till day again. All they have are pool patches. Can you use those?
 
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So I went to 3 stores. I’m about to order them online cause my pond place I go to doesn’t open till day again. All they have are pool patches. Can you use those?
Usually epdm will only bond with epdm, what material are the pool patches?
 

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I literally just ordered them online. These people at the stores had no idea what I was talking about. And they were like $80 and I just paid $36 on Amazon
Sounds like you got a much better deal! Unfortunately retail employees usually are not as educated as they should be about the fields they work in.
 
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Oh man. This is making me wonder if I need the concrete cloth. Arrrggghhh. Sorry that happened!
I had a 3" hole in my liner about 6 years ago. I drained the water below it, cleaned and dried the liner, fitted the pieces together as best as possible. I went to the aquarium store and bought aquarium sealant that is put around the inside of the aquarium to make sure glass is completely sealed. The hole stayed sealed up for 3 years until I replaced my liner.
 
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I had a 3" hole in my liner about 6 years ago. I drained the water below it, cleaned and dried the liner, fitted the pieces together as best as possible. I went to the aquarium store and bought aquarium sealant that is put around the inside of the aquarium to make sure glass is completely sealed. The hole stayed sealed up for 3 years until I replaced my liner.
Silicone sealant is not structural, so this isn’t really advised even though it worked for you. I have used silicone to cover very small holes, but in that case it is simply a sealant and not holding pieces of liner together.
 
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I’m going to patch it but I think this is going to have to be the last year with this liner. Which I guess is okay cause I want to expand the pond anyways. This gives me a reason. Make it deeper and bigger. But I was just looking cause this animal problem is not going to go away. Dang I live in the country. Has anyone seen or used this? I have a feeling though it’s not going to have crystal clear water like I like. If I use this.
 

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I’m going to patch it but I think this is going to have to be the last year with this liner. Which I guess is okay cause I want to expand the pond anyways. This gives me a reason. Make it deeper and bigger. But I was just looking cause this animal problem is not going to go away. Dang I live in the country. Has anyone seen or used this? I have a feeling though it’s not going to have crystal clear water like I like. If I use this.
I have only heard of that being used in natural clay ponds to seal the bottom.
 

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