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I've got a few new questions. Not much of an electrician or plumber but here goes.

Q1: I've heard it's ok to use an extension cord year round on a pump cord as long as I wrap the connection with waterproof tape. Is this true?

Q2: I read up on that bog filter guide and I noticed some problems I would run into. Addy recommends a 2" PVC for the distributing pipe inside the gravel. I need 1 inch tubing for my pump. What sort of fittings would I need to get that 1" tubing to adapt into 2" PVC?
 
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A1: Yes, you can use an extension cord, just make sure it's heavy duty & rated for outdoor use. One of our pumps is too far from the outlet, so it's plugged into an extension cord that is run through pvc pipe (it has to go under the waterfall) We did have to replace it once after about 6 - 7 years of service because over time it started to trip the gfi anytime it would rain/get wet.

A2: Sorry, no idea.
 

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Q1: I've heard it's ok to use an extension cord year round on a pump cord as long as I wrap the connection with waterproof tape. Is this true?

Q2: I read up on that bog filter guide and I noticed some problems I would run into. Addy recommends a 2" PVC for the distributing pipe inside the gravel. I need 1 inch tubing for my pump. What sort of fittings would I need to get that 1" tubing to adapt into 2" PVC?
My electrician husband had me running our pond on a extension cord for years, while he got around to doing some wiring. It did fine, just make sure is one of the heavy duty ones, outdoor rated. I just put a bucket over the connection to keep rain off of it.

Any size of pipe works, I have 3/4 irrigation hose running my small pot bog for my hot tub pond. I used 2 inch pvc due to the fact my bog is 27 feet long. 4.5 feet wide and 2.5 feet deep.

They sell connections that will change the size of the pipe from one inch to two inches at lowes, home depot etc.

 

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By regulation where I live we can not have permanent wiring outside.
Seriously? No permanent wiring? (What about temporary wiring, as in extension cords?). Properly done, outdoor wiring is much safer than anything temporary. Are you sure you’re not mis-reading or misinterpreting? It’s going to be hard having a pond — bog or no bog — without electrical. Where you are siting your pond, it looks like a lot of shade, so even solar might not work.
 
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Seriously? No permanent wiring? (What about temporary wiring, as in extension cords?). Properly done, outdoor wiring is much safer than anything temporary. Are you sure you’re not mis-reading or misinterpreting? It’s going to be hard having a pond — bog or no bog — without electrical. Where you are siting your pond, it looks like a lot of shade, so even solar might not work.
It turns out that we can, I should have deleted or edited that post. Sorry about that. I plan on moving the pond a bit forward as well so it is in less shade for the plants.
 
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YAY, YAY! I just knew that couldn’t be right!
I'm excited to recreate that bog filter now. It seems like a brilliant idea, although I will be adding a pre-filter box so the pipes don't get clogged too fast.
 
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I'll be going for the full 24 as well.
24 INCHES IS WHAT THE TOWN STATED if your pond was that deep then you need a fence . well if you add 2-4 inches of stone you better make the pond 30" deep at least or you will be 20 or less
 
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By regulation where I live we can not have permanent wiring outside.
That's ludicrous i think somewhere the stories have gotten confused i have built many things in many areas and that is just not feasible
 
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I've got a few new questions. Not much of an electrician or plumber but here goes.

Q1: I've heard it's ok to use an extension cord year round on a pump cord as long as I wrap the connection with waterproof tape. Is this true? it is not a best practice. Any pond pump should be plugged into a gfci directly. while most extension cords are out door worthy the sun can cause issues with the jackets. and like you said the connection is less than ideal and will trip a circut breaker in foul weather.

Q2: I read up on that bog filter guide and I noticed some problems I would run into. Addy recommends a 2" PVC for the distributing pipe inside the gravel. I need 1 inch tubing for my pump. What sort of fittings would I need to get that 1" tubing to adapt into 2" PVC?
a simple reducer one inch to two ...that you can buy at lowes or the depot ace hardware probably even tractor supply. 2 inch is not a must but it would give dead water space to your bog to allow for heavy sediment to fall out of the water column instead of in to the rock.
 
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Does anyone know of any plants that could survive year round (in my hardiness zone 6a) that produce edible food inside a bog filter?
 
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I will be adding a pre-filter box so the pipes don't get clogged too fast.
I pull water from about a foot from the bottom. I have a external pump with a leaf basket, never empty it over the summer. Having the intake off the bottom keeps the sucked in debris low.
 

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Does anyone know of any plants that could survive year round (in my hardiness zone 6a) that produce edible food inside a bog filter?
Do you mean food you can eat? In winter when pond is dormant and the fish are in tupor the bacteria has died back (still some present) and no concern regarding filtration for the most part. I’ve grown tomatoes and basil in the bog. The only issue with vegetables and herbs is that early spring you really want something stable that can survive over winter like marginals. Iris can be aggressive but some people use it, I have horsetail rush but don’t know it it would do well in your zone. Creeping Jenny too. Once it’s warm enough for vegetables in they go.
 
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Do you mean food you can eat? In winter when pond is dormant and the fish are in tupor the bacteria has died back (still some present) and no concern regarding filtration for the most part. I’ve grown tomatoes and basil in the bog. The only issue with vegetables and herbs is that early spring you really want something stable that can survive over winter like marginals. Iris can be aggressive but some people use it, I have horsetail rush but don’t know it it would do well in your zone. Creeping Jenny too. Once it’s warm enough for vegetables in they go.
Yes, food I can eat. I mean ones that aren't needed to re-plant in the bog in the spring, things that can survive over the winter and bounce back in the spring. Also, how would I plant something like that? Wouldn't the seeds get pushed away into the water?
 

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Yes, food I can eat. I mean ones that aren't needed to re-plant in the bog in the spring, things that can survive over the winter and bounce back in the spring. Also, how would I plant something like that? Wouldn't the seeds get pushed away into the water?
I would think that you wouldn’t plant them in a bog as seeds. More like, start them, then transplant. I don’t know about where you live, but here in zone 8a/b, not much grows during winter.
 
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I would think that you wouldn’t plant them in a bog as seeds. More like, start them, then transplant. I don’t know about where you live, but here in zone 8a/b, not much grows during winter.
I'm not concerned about them growing during the winter, but them living through it and being able to grow in the spring. I live in Michigan.
 
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Watercress is the moss hardly lettuce if only its feet are wet will thrive same with most vegetable but not a chancellor year round do you see anything green in your. Area in January.
 
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Is it alright if I dig the hole a few days before I put the liner in? It's supposed to thunderstorm a few times so I'm wondering if my edges would get destroyed.
 

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All depends on the type of soil you have.

Is it alright if I dig the hole a few days before I put the liner in? It's supposed to thunderstorm a few times so I'm wondering if my edges would get destroyed.
 
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Even installing the underlay.ent can do a lot to prevent collapse. If not drapping a tarp into the pond covering the edges. Then pump out the water. If you plan to install the tarp in the very near future then I wouldnt let the water collect in the pond but place a tarp just as it was the liner and pump it out. Using the liner is OK but careful not to stretch and rip it .
 
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