In over my head, building a huge waterfall. Need pointers.


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It's amazing how indecisive people can be at times. but jumping gee wilikas when she says she wants a pond .GUESS WHAT YOUR BUILDING
Its solving my water quantity problem so I was already sorta hoping we would go here. Plus I have this wealth of knowledge to tap into with all of you.
 
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Nope nope ! not gonna do it ! I don't do whipped ! But izz love when she tries to fight.
 
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Question for you all: where have you gotten the endless loop straps? I need something that can take 2ton+. Ideas?
 
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All slings are not alike do a Google search for commercial strap endless sling. Though I have used tubular endless before I'd stay clear..

Granger or masonry supply and tractor supply
I would never buy chinese not for the and I would also look for a good pry bar 6 foot long and flatened end
 
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Tractor supply yes ....harbor um no ......
 
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NOT HARBOR FREIGHT. lol
My previous hubby was addicted to harbor freight, when he passed I had multiples of a ton of stuff he bought "on sale" 22 tape measures still in packages, tool kits on and on, all junk tools. IMHO
 
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I bought there once . Even tool I broke within the first days use. Never again I'll spend the money
 
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Harbor Freight is ok for hand tools. Things without motors or moving parts. Would not trust my life to one of their straps…
 
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Well it has been awhile. @combatwombat knows, we have had record rain in the NW for may/june. Its been impossible.

Last week I decided that rain or not I had to get going on this whole thing. So Thursday/Friday I removed about 70 yards of dirt to hopefully be done with dirt removal and then yesterday finally got started on the waterfall.

I had watched a video about belt strapping rocks and had been able to make that work pretty successfully which was great because there was no way we were going to get straps out from under these rocks.

First rock in:
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Second Rock in:
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And since I spaced taking more pictures until the end:
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Got about 10 rocks in. My brother was able to come hang and help since I was on the excavator. It kicked our asses after 8 hours but we got a lot done.


There will be a smaller pond in front of the bottom rocks. They are positioned about 8" lower than the water level. Once I have more rock in I'll dig the pond and get all that squared away.


I still have a mountain of work to do, but made some progress.
 
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Are you sure you want to be starting at the bottom are you going to be able to reach the upper part of the falls or has that been scrapped.?
 
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Looks awesome, sir! And yes, the rain has been brutal. I think we got 1.5" in a single day on Thursday or Friday.
 
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Your going about this correctly just your not seeing that the extra wide liner is a benefit in controlling the water and splashing.
 
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The falls are not 8 foot wide but only 2 foot wide here and a foot there or 30 inches wide in one controlled drop
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The falls are not 8 foot wide but only 2 foot wide here and a foot there or 30 inches wide in one controlled drop View attachment 151674
@GBBUDD this drawing is much closer to what I am trying to do. The former installation had 8' wide drops and was not well thought through by the guy helping me.

My goal is much more like your drawing. And yes each falls is going to be 6" -2' wide. My aim is a few larger sheet falls with interest points created by diverting some water off to an alternate smaller falls.


Are you worried I don't have enough water or that I am missing something?
 
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Quick update and a question:

the update: I am planning on hitting the waterfall hard this coming Thursday - Sunday. I have help each day so hopefully can get most of the large rock in place. I'll update as I go.

I have another question for the group: What is your strategy for using stumps/wood in your features. I know it helps it feel more natural.

I pulled a stump out of my hillside a few weeks ago and have cleaned it up, cut off all the stray roots and have a pretty clean stump.

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So now I want to figure out how to use it to help hold the hillside up / make the waterfalls feel more natural.

Just need some insight into the strategy.
 
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@GBBUDD this drawing is much closer to what I am trying to do. The former installation had 8' wide drops and was not well thought through by the guy helping me.

My goal is much more like your drawing. And yes each falls is going to be 6" -2' wide. My aim is a few larger sheet falls with interest points created by diverting some water off to an alternate smaller falls.


Are you worried I don't have enough water or that I am missing someth
from that post it sounds like you have the right idea dont forget little pools on the hill they can help in a major way stoping /colecting water in motion that way only what is actualy falling will be in need of containment at the bottom pond
 

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