Old, old, pond

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    Hey all,
    I have inherited an old, old, concrete pond with the old, old house I bought. It is about 8 ft long, 5 ft wide, 3 ft deep. Problem is, it has severe cracks in some spots, 1/2-1 inch wide, the bottom scaling away, and one wall with the top 20 inches crumbled away. I really want to restore the thing as I had a koi pond as a kid. Do I call a concrete guy, attempt to do it myself, call a pool guy?? I'm fairly handy but have never worked with concrete before. My thought is to pour a new concrete floor but the large cracks on the walls and in the corner has me concerned about being able to seal it, not to mention pouring new on the top 20 inches on the one wall.
     
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    I have no advice but wanted to welcome you to the group :)
     
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    Meyer Jordan Tadpole

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    I would recommend demoing the existing pond, reshape and resize to your preferences, and line it with 45 mil EPDM. This will prove less expensive in the long run.
     
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    Agree demo and line plus in the fute you may want to go bigger and much easier with epdm and you did not mention but guessing since it is this bad a shape there are no fish
     
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    Can you line the existing pond with a liner?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I would suggest that too, if the concrete is secure enough, you say some is crumbling, that could cause an issue later. As long the concrete pond does not hold water that would get under the liner and make it bubble up.
     
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    Hello and welcome! I ditto everyone else regarding a liner (45 mil EPDM). You didn't mention where you live.... Do you have cold winters? Depending on the frost line, heaving can be an issue, which might to an on-going problem if you tried to repair what's already there.

    (You don't have to tell us....) but when you said it was an "old, old pond" and an "old, old house," I was wondering what your age is :)

    Post some pictures so we can see what you're up against with the pond situation.
     
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    Definitely go with the liner idea if concrete is secure enough. ....
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum! (y)
     
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    Said old old house not old old person TM... Lol
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Yeah, but "age" is relative, LOL! One person might see an "old, old house" as turn of the century or older, but another person might think of an "old, old house" as one built in the 1950's.
     
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    I was built in the 50's and some days I feel old.:p
     
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    Meyer Jordan Tadpole

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    And 'Old' is when you don't have a 'relative' older than you.
     
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    peter hillman Let me think for minute....

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    The liner HAS to be cheaper than concrete.
     
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    Meyer, that would have made me old at 35. I must be almost as old as dirt by now.
     
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    Meyer Jordan Tadpole

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    No older cousins? Extended family?
     
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    I have a very small family. My dad was only child and his parents were the same. My mom's family was also small and the couple of cousins she had I never met as she came to the US from England. My aunt on my moms side never married so no cousins there either.My sister is younger than me so that makes me the oldest of relatives that I know of.
     
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    Thank you everybody for responding. I was hoping to use concrete, but it sounds like a liner is the better way to go. I am in the Philadelphia area and as long as I can firm up the wall, I will most likely go that route. I like how Meyer and Snoozer have tangented into a discussion on age and family, lol.
     
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    Petruby we can tangent with the best of them. :)
     
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