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Question will those vertical walls be an issue if someone climbs on them .? I see your test has a more sloped wall. keep those photos coming would love to see the whole project. do you have an idea how many gallons it will be? I strongly suggest if filling by a hose that you use a water meter. That way if you ever need to treat the pond for some reason you know exactly how much to use.
 
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@GBBUDD most vertical walls that are over 1' or so that I'm going to rock like this are sloped. This test section I did was surprisingly stable. I was actually able to put all of my weight on the upper rocks and they did not displace. For the final product, I will put smaller rocks/gravel in the voids and use waterfall foam (like the Pond Digger does in his Youtube series). If I have any sections that are just too unstable I will use mortar. I know that can mess up the pH, but I've used it in the past with success and I won't be using a lot of it.

Before I started digging, I estimated 3,500 gallons based on the dimensions. I'm hoping when I see I have enough liner, I can extend a section out and get a few more gallons in. I haven't re-estimated lately, but I have been thinking about buying one of those water hose meters. Did you find a brand you like? Some I read reviews on had some bad feedback. Some either don't say their max or they say they max out at 999 gallons.
 
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I had a cheapo from the home depot it died half way through filling .
 

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Dug some plant pockets into the shelves.
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My friend gave me some left over pond under layment. I used #30 roofing felt for the rest. I have clean soil. I would have felt pretty comfortable with no under layment.
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Laying the liner out. Might make a good slip and slide.
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Working the 45 mil EPDM liner in.
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well you are getting closer to done and sure by then you will be sore .
 

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I was able to extend the pond out another 2' or so. I had calculated I would be able to, but wanted to get the liner in the hole before hand just to make sure.
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I haven't filled all the void with smaller rock or foamed it yet. I was able to stand on this rock and it's probably the most unstable of the bunch. They aren't as stable as if they were mortared, but they are stable enough.
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Here is a view of the rock work I got done today. I'm kind of on hold until Friday when my 2" flexible PVC line comes in that will go from the pump to the bog. Pump will be placed under the flagstone with the measuring tape on it. It will be raised up to right under that flagstone. I dug a 3" wide trench on the bottom of the pond. I will run the PVC line thru the bottom of the pond (covered with gravel) and up and out on the wall on the near side of the flagstone on the right hand side of this picture. I want to get the PVC line in and fill the pond up to the 2' level or so to push/stretch the liner out. I hate to rock the top side without filling the pond up some and the liner be in a bind.
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I'm working on getting permission to collect my own coping rocks/boulders on a large ranch about 1 hour from here. It will save me a ton of money plus I love hand selecting the rocks that will be visible above the water line from amongst thousands and thousands.
 
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It's looking real good rex! . one question I have is it looks like there's some pretty sharp edges on one of the big flat rocks and it looks to be right up against the liner. looks can be deceiving but I'd probably slip a piece of underlayment in there any ways.
 

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@GBBUDD yes they do have very sharp edges. I took off a few of the sharpest points with a hammer, but I do have some underlayment under there. Thanks for reminding me though!

@GBBUDD Don't you have lights in your pond? How deep below the water did you put them? Do you like the depth you put them or would you go shallower or deeper? Did you aim them downward or upward or just straight horizontal?
 
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@GBBUDD yes they do have very sharp edges. I took off a few of the sharpest points with a hammer, but I do have some underlayment under there. Thanks for reminding me though!

@GBBUDD Don't you have lights in your pond? How deep below the water did you put them? Do you like the depth you put them or would you go shallower or deeper? Did you aim them downward or upward or just straight horizontal?
I do have aquascapes 1 watt leds and I placed 5 lights along the patio facing the direction of view from the patio. they are 16 inches down and most of them are pointing across the pond at key boulders and the likes of the fish cave so you can watch them swim in and out. one light how ever is directed toward the surface close to one of the return jets it gives off a shimmer in the pond those are all the pendent type that have the small mounting stick.I did not use the sticks but they have a more direct light then does the hockey puck 1 watt lights I bought 6 of each. I placed the pucks up against rocks facing the water falls and at boulders out of the water but at the waters edge again giving off the shimmer of light. and those illuminate all the way up a giant maple tree it's amazing what 1 watt led illuminates. I like the depth I didn't want any chance of ice getting to the lights that's where I feel so many complain there lights leek over time. I did get the 18 watt transformer and all the lights are on the one so far so good I let the lights burn all night long sun down to sun up as I am still lacking on a fence page 16 has some videos of the lights https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/going-for-it-phase-one-12-000-gallon-pond.22563/page-16
now the light at flickers on the falls is actualy under the falls stone and the flashing is water droping onto the light. but that light was a little harsh for us we like subtle lighting and have all the lights in the water pointing to where we want it page 17 has a hdr photo showing the lights and how it illuminates the tree and others
.https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/going-for-it-phase-one-12-000-gallon-pond.22563/page-17
 
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I'll update this post with pics as I make progress.
It would actually be a better idea to start a new topic in the DIY section or even start a Showcase - that way, when people are looking for advice and ideas they can find your posts as a resource (people wouldn't think to look in the Introductions section for stuff like that). Hope that's ok! (y)
 

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It would actually be a better idea to start a new topic in the DIY section or even start a Showcase - that way, when people are looking for advice and ideas they can find your posts as a resource (people wouldn't think to look in the Introductions section for stuff like that). Hope that's ok! (y)
We could move some of his post to his new thread if he wants to start it. Save some typing!
 
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Wow, just wow. I was digging my own pond, so I see you are great at getting bottoms nice and level, sides even, and a lot done in a short time, all by hand!!! My pond is on hold pending if the neighbors field will have cotton from now on, cause it’s a chemical spray heavy crop, the location I started on faces it, and is too close. So now I’m working on my land for a smaller one I can build on the porch, that I can cover.
 

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Wow, just wow. I was digging my own pond, so I see you are great at getting bottoms nice and level, sides even, and a lot done in a short time, all by hand!!! My pond is on hold pending if the neighbors field will have cotton from now on, cause it’s a chemical spray heavy crop, the location I started on faces it, and is too close. So now I’m working on my land for a smaller one I can build on the porch, that I can cover.
Thanks. I'm a little bit of a perfectionist. We had a lot of rain right before I started this project. The soil was perfect for digging down to about 18". As the days went by, the walls started drying out and getting dry and hard. I would either spray them down with a water hose or put a sprinkler on the area for a while. The next day, I could easily sculpt the walls and get them just like I wanted them. I used a plain old shovel along with a flat shovel. Good luck on getting your project done.

I live in cotton country in the panhandle of Texas, but the closest cotton field is about 1/4 of a mile away. If you are worried about runoff, you could create some berms and divert the water along with raising the liner at the edge of the pond. If you are worried about spray from either a crop duster a tractor, well that is valid concern, but unless the location is just a few feet from the cotton field, I wouldn't think you would be affected by it. The fertilizer or pesticide/herbicide is expensive and the farmers don't make a habit of wasting that stuff. Make sure you pick a spot though that is large enough. I'm already wishing, I made this pond bigger :)
 
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Thanks. I'm a little bit of a perfectionist. We had a lot of rain right before I started this project. The soil was perfect for digging down to about 18". As the days went by, the walls started drying out and getting dry and hard. I would either spray them down with a water hose or put a sprinkler on the area for a while. The next day, I could easily sculpt the walls and get them just like I wanted them. I used a plain old shovel along with a flat shovel. Good luck on getting your project done.

I live in cotton country in the panhandle of Texas, but the closest cotton field is about 1/4 of a mile away. If you are worried about runoff, you could create some berms and divert the water along with raising the liner at the edge of the pond. If you are worried about spray from either a crop duster a tractor, well that is valid concern, but unless the location is just a few feet from the cotton field, I wouldn't think you would be affected by it. The fertilizer or pesticide/herbicide is expensive and the farmers don't make a habit of wasting that stuff. Make sure you pick a spot though that is large enough. I'm already wishing, I made this pond bigger :)
I’m north of you in Oklahoma, and I’m thinking the crop spray from the plane is what cause a die off in my pond that’s a bit further back. The circle of my drive, should I ever get to use it for pond stuff, is plenty big. I already had plans for a berm due to flood risk, the west side property line is the river, and it’s been known to jump the banks and flood the yard. Our soil is a lovely rich loam down to about 3’ deep, where it starts showing the Oklahoma red clay, but I’m pausing that till I know for sure about if drift from the spray is a hazard or not. I’ve lost about half my barn cats, I lost over half my pond, so now I’m trying to reconfigure the pond ideas. Best case, I’ll have a good breeding pond to work on crossing shubinkin and butterfly koi, the worst case will be I’m stuck with a porch pond, 7x7x3.
 
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most people put the underliner under rocks to protect the liner
 

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