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Minimum wall thickness, imo, should be 8"
Sorry i have to agree on the 4 inch wall if for not other reason then the kids running up to the already stressed wall and pushingb on it. How ever all is not lost. The pressures are minimal the higher you go but that is where your wall is its most vulnerable. Placing a cap across the top that is secured to the bricj with a collar that drops down a course uf wood or a metal collar making an L shape this could strengthen the wall ten foldc. I love the bonsai trees and the gray brick. . The one other idea i have is to make one side of your iskand a mountain lush and covered in moss with the bosai on top and the other closer to the bottom like those steep mountains that drop into the ocean .
 
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Hi thanks again yes I am considering what to do with the wall. I have re bar inside already and 2/3 of the water is under ground level the last 1 foot of water is above ground. Plus as previously stated it will all be lined with fibreglass. I had thought of lining it with plywood board and then the fibre glass but as I said still considering this. Or I could still put a double wall around the outside. I am certainly no expert and I go quite slow so there is time to change. The other plus I believe is the island in the middle reduces the amount of water directly on the the wall. Even though the pond is 9 feet wide the full width and water pressure is reduced a lot by the island. Anyway I always slisten to suggestions this is why I joined this forum in the first place. So many thanks to all who chip in.
 
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HOW OFTEN DID YOU INSTALL THE REBAR AND WHAT SIZE THAT COULD BE THE GAME SAVING RUN ?
DID YOU DRILL IT INTO THE TOP OF THE OLD TOP ?
but yes you are right the weights / pressure at the top is much less then it is at the bottom.
 
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Even a brick wall that's only one course wide i would be weary with excited kids when they saw fish at there height. but rebar is a game changer if you used enough. and in looking at the pics with the distances im thinking your going to be fine
 
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There are 3 10mm rods drilled into the longest wall that is only 4 bricks long. Kids are actually not allowed in the courtyard the gate is locked all the time.
 
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then i guess the only other question is your mortar but if you dilled the rebar a couple inches into the "base" i feel you should be ok i would do a band around the top so Something is holding tieing it all together
 
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I do hate when they don't show the final results. And they just dispear
 
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Hi I haven't disappeared, I cannot even start yet. Because I live in a small town on a mountain top and every where in the country is going through lockdown number 3. We cannot buy the pipes, cement or blocks. Plus even if we could we cannot get anyone to come up here to deliver again because only essential transport is allowed. Please do not jump to conclusions. I will show everything when we begin, taking your valuable advice as our guide.
Right now these corvid 19 lockdown are killing us. No income here for more than 1year and savings don't last forever. Patience is also kinda running thin with no sign of vaccinations either. Please understand.
 
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Sorry was not meant directly at you as a disrespect but more as an empty chapter if that makes any sense. Sorry your going through the lock downs yet again . People will never realize that when it comes to a microscopic virus a cloth mask just doesn't cut it. At least Dr's know how to treat it a lot better then before. I can't tell you how much i disagree with our experts. Instead of trying to protect 99 percent of the citizens we should let the under 40 lead there lives. Wear the mask if it makes you feel better but let people live. I feel for you i really do. Its not untill people start pushing back that it will end. .

As far as advice its just that. I'm just a joe on the internet you should question any advise you get. But back it up with maybe you tube or other remorse.

Hopefully our ending of lock downs will be infectious and head your way.

Good luck . Wish you the best
 
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Look on the bright side if there is one. you have all kinds of time to come up with a plan.
I wasn't so lucky i was essential but i was wishing i was home like most . But there has to be an end. But unfortunately many businesses are making a KILLING from this bs. And they will continue to push the fear as long as those buy the fear. Hell i didn't hear or see a mention of the flue until the mask mandates were lifted and funny it was the same week , amazing how that works that way.
 
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Hi this is in response to GBBud who was upset I went quiet and didn't follow up on my post and results. Well finall completed on Boxing day. The project has taken me a year near enought to do. So the indoor courtyard is done. See pics. The outdoor bog filter is now to start and with the luck I am having finding the river stone is also likely to take yet another year. I hope you all enjoy the pics.
 

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If i remember correctly you were not the handiest of guys . though were not affraid to give it a try. well you hit a grand slam Look fantastic nicely done. We have people all the time looking to do the looking glass windows and you have certainly taken that to the extreme. would you share the specs on your build the size of the pond depth and thickness of the glass and it's size what you did to make the seal and the supports. And well done you did your hotel right im sure you have folks sitting there all the time watching the fish .
 
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Hi this is in response to GBBud who was upset I went quiet and didn't follow up on my post and results. Well finall completed on Boxing day. The project has taken me a year near enought to do. So the indoor courtyard is done. See pics. The outdoor bog filter is now to start and with the luck I am having finding the river stone is also likely to take yet another year. I hope you all enjoy the pics.
Fantastic!!! Like GB said, more spec will be perfect.
 
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If i remember correctly you were not the handiest of guys . though were not affraid to give it a try. well you hit a grand slam Look fantastic nicely done. We have people all the time looking to do the looking glass windows and you have certainly taken that to the extreme. would you share the specs on your build the size of the pond depth and thickness of the glass and it's size what you did to make the seal and the supports. And well done you did your hotel right im sure you have folks sitting there all the time watching the fish .
Hi and many thanks for the comment. I am actually very pleased with the finished result although as you said I am not the handiest of chaps. YouTube was a great help as were you guys however it still took me almost a year to do.
The pond is 14 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
The wall above ground is about 1.5feet tall. The majority of the water is below ground.
The surrounding brick work is supported by 10mm re bar every 18 inches or so drilled about 14 inches down into the below ground concrete.
Then plastered inside and out.
Next job was to cut out the recesses for the windows, 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep with an angle grinder.
The fibreglassing was a real pain and I would not recommend anyone who has not done this before to even contemplate doing your self. It is NOT as easy as it looks on YouTube.
The resin gets on your gloves and the glass mat gets stuck to everything, all over the gloves and is not so straight forward to apply plus it is a race against time before the resin goes off. First was to resin the walls and floor, then apply the glass matt. Then more resin to wet it in. The next day lightly sand and apply more resin. Then a layer of fine tissue glass. Adding more resin to wet it in. Then came the night mare. The flow coat! I live in the highlands of Malaysia about 1300 meters ASL, we are in the clouds a lot of the time so it is around 18 degrees C during the day and can be very damp and misty. This is quite cool for a tropical country. Well the flow coat would not go off it was sticky to tacky even after 3-4 days. I had to acetone wash it all off, re sand and reapply, this is not fun. This was done 6 times in total. The supplier was useless because they had not supplied to a cold place before and could not give me a solution to get it to go off, it was costly and very time, consuming. In the end for the final attempt I contacted a guy in the UK who suggested that I mixed the flow coat 70/30 with some normal resin and added 3% extra accelerator, brilliant, someone who seemed to know something. We had to work fast, but between myself and my son we got it on in record time. The great news was it all went off rock solid in 20 mins, what a relief.
The outside was then tiled, for you guys maybe normal, for me was my first time. I was stressed.
The windows are tempered glass 20 mm thick, I know some would say not enough thick but I partially followed the advice of a local aquarium guy who said actually 12mm was enough but we went extra a bit.
The windows are fixed into the recesses with Sikaflex 291i marine grade PU sealant. I went with PU because I read that it was stronger and longer lasting than silicone. I used about 15 tubes on each window, this was to ensure they were solid, didn't leak and to fill all the bumps because I didn't get the recesses as flat as they should have been. The windows were held in place with 2 of those glass panel sucker carriers, a plank and ratchet straps for 24 hours.
As the window is under 1.5 feet high and the water itself is less than that there is little pressure against it and the bulk of the total water pressure is under the windows, underground against the concrete walls. There is no bow in the glass and feels very rigid with no movement, flex or give at all. Then it was a matter of getting water in and leaving it to settle and harden off.
If you have read this far I hope this helps, if you need to know anything else please ask I am no expert but am willing to share what went right and what went wrong. I know is difficult finding information because when I built this I searched everywhere for advice. So I am also willing to share. Let me repeat though I am no expert.
 
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Simply Stunning. Thank you for sharing how you did it, as I am sure many other people will appreciate it.
 
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Hi and many thanks for the comment. I am actually very pleased with the finished result although as you said I am not the handiest of chaps. YouTube was a great help as were you guys however it still took me almost a year to do.
The pond is 14 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
The wall above ground is about 1.5feet tall. The majority of the water is below ground.
The surrounding brick work is supported by 10mm re bar every 18 inches or so drilled about 14 inches down into the below ground concrete.
Then plastered inside and out.
Next job was to cut out the recesses for the windows, 2 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep with an angle grinder.
The fibreglassing was a real pain and I would not recommend anyone who has not done this before to even contemplate doing your self. It is NOT as easy as it looks on YouTube.
The resin gets on your gloves and the glass mat gets stuck to everything, all over the gloves and is not so straight forward to apply plus it is a race against time before the resin goes off. First was to resin the walls and floor, then apply the glass matt. Then more resin to wet it in. The next day lightly sand and apply more resin. Then a layer of fine tissue glass. Adding more resin to wet it in. Then came the night mare. The flow coat! I live in the highlands of Malaysia about 1300 meters ASL, we are in the clouds a lot of the time so it is around 18 degrees C during the day and can be very damp and misty. This is quite cool for a tropical country. Well the flow coat would not go off it was sticky to tacky even after 3-4 days. I had to acetone wash it all off, re sand and reapply, this is not fun. This was done 6 times in total. The supplier was useless because they had not supplied to a cold place before and could not give me a solution to get it to go off, it was costly and very time, consuming. In the end for the final attempt I contacted a guy in the UK who suggested that I mixed the flow coat 70/30 with some normal resin and added 3% extra accelerator, brilliant, someone who seemed to know something. We had to work fast, but between myself and my son we got it on in record time. The great news was it all went off rock solid in 20 mins, what a relief.
The outside was then tiled, for you guys maybe normal, for me was my first time. I was stressed.
The windows are tempered glass 20 mm thick, I know some would say not enough thick but I partially followed the advice of a local aquarium guy who said actually 12mm was enough but we went extra a bit.
The windows are fixed into the recesses with Sikaflex 291i marine grade PU sealant. I went with PU because I read that it was stronger and longer lasting than silicone. I used about 15 tubes on each window, this was to ensure they were solid, didn't leak and to fill all the bumps because I didn't get the recesses as flat as they should have been. The windows were held in place with 2 of those glass panel sucker carriers, a plank and ratchet straps for 24 hours.
As the window is under 1.5 feet high and the water itself is less than that there is little pressure against it and the bulk of the total water pressure is under the windows, underground against the concrete walls. There is no bow in the glass and feels very rigid with no movement, flex or give at all. Then it was a matter of getting water in and leaving it to settle and harden off.
If you have read this far I hope this helps, if you need to know anything else please ask I am no expert but am willing to share what went right and what went wrong. I know is difficult finding information because when I built this I searched everywhere for advice. So I am also willing to share. Let me repeat though I am no expert.
yep, super useful; I'd even consider making this a sticky AFTER some time has passed and you find out if there's any issues down the road, which I sincerely hope you don't! It looks amazing and it's quite a personal feat! You're to be congratulated for both your perseverence and willingness to learn and try something new. Not everyone would have kept at it the way you did!

And hard to imagine there's no bowing with such a long piece of glass, so monitor as time passes. You can take a string and stretch it taut, one end to the other and see if the middle of your glass deviates at all. Easy, quick to do. I DO, however, love the look of it! Would have thought you'd need some sort of reinforcement across the top and even a cross brace, but again, time will tell! I bet getting that glass in place was a heavy job!

The largest concern will be how it does with varying seasons, temps, precip, etc. What are your winters like? Any chance of frost/snow/sub-freezing temps? That's where issues might arise. I wonder too about expansion if you get any real hot temps but on a mountain, I bet you don't have that.
 

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Wowser that is fantastic! What a great job you have accomplished! Love it!
 
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yep, super useful; I'd even consider making this a sticky AFTER some time has passed and you find out if there's any issues down the road, which I sincerely hope you don't! It looks amazing and it's quite a personal feat! You're to be congratulated for both your perseverence and willingness to learn and try something new. Not everyone would have kept at it the way you did!

And hard to imagine there's no bowing with such a long piece of glass, so monitor as time passes. You can take a string and stretch it taut, one end to the other and see if the middle of your glass deviates at all. Easy, quick to do. I DO, however, love the look of it! Would have thought you'd need some sort of reinforcement across the top and even a cross brace, but again, time will tell! I bet getting that glass in place was a heavy job!

The largest concern will be how it does with varying seasons, temps, precip, etc. What are your winters like? Any chance of frost/snow/sub-freezing temps? That's where issues might arise. I wonder too about expansion if you get any real hot temps but on a mountain, I bet you don't have that.
Hi thanks for your comments, I will check with the string as you suggest and get a pic. No our average lowest temps for the winter are around 12-15 degrees C. So the variation is minimal temp wise. But rain we get lots especially this time of the year because is the monsoon season.
 
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I have to say also the actual pond was finished sometime back in October but the surrounding garden was not even started. It has taken until boxing day 26 December to get it finally finished. Moving 10ton of topsoil and 5 ton of sand is not fun. For a non gardening old guyhaha. Plus the remoteness of where we live doesn't help trying to get stuff delivered is an expensive issue. It is a 5 hour round trip driving time only, to the nearest garden center to get plants. The biggest for the garden was the drainage so many pipes were laid and the old tiles removed.
 

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