Preformed Pond and getting it level


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Hi, I have recently brought a preformed Pond. I've the done the basics and dug out the hole and placed it in the hole. Once I have filled it with water. The water is higher the one side. I put sand in the bottom of hole and still not right. I've filled it 3 times now and had to empty each time. Any help or advice. Thanks
 
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Hmm... I was going to suggest crushed granite with sand on top. That's what i did for my preformed pond. Since you've already tried that, I'm not sure. Sorry!

Does your pond form have indentations where the plant shelves are (if you have plant shelves)? Mine does, and I had to fill those spots in (in the hole in dug) with bricks because the pond semi-collapsed/shifted and became unlevel.
 
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This is exactly what makes these ponds so much harder than a liner! And even if you get it level, they tend to settle, as does most everything you put in the ground. Sorry for the downer news! I think you have to just keep working to get it level. Sand is a good idea as it is malleable. Maybe you need more sand to work with. I wouldn't fill it with water until you're sure it's level though. Get a long level or a string level to test it before you fill it.
 
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Hmm... I was going to suggest crushed granite with sand on top. That's what i did for my preformed pond. Since you've already tried that, I'm not sure. Sorry!

Does your pond form have indentations where the plant shelves are (if you have plant shelves)? Mine does, and I had to fill those spots in (in the hole in dug) with bricks because the pond semi-collapsed/shifted and became unlevel.
Yes. The preformed Pond does have shelves in it. I thought the same as this could be why it's running uneven.
 
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This is exactly what makes these ponds so much harder than a liner! And even if you get it level, they tend to settle, as does most everything you put in the ground. Sorry for the downer news! I think you have to just keep working to get it level. Sand is a good idea as it is malleable. Maybe you need more sand to work with. I wouldn't fill it with water until you're sure it's level though. Get a long level or a string level to test it before you fill it.
I have tried with the level above the pond but because the lips are uneven it's difficult
 
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hi mark i had the same problem untill i did this
first you need to level the ground and put about 3-4 inches of sand on to it and relevel the sand also
then place the empty liner on top carefully and check if the top is level
when you get it level carefully build a mound of sand around the base and up the sides to steady it
put a level on it again and adjust it untill iys right
and without moving it back fill it slowly some more while checking its level again
take your time backfilling it and make sure theres no air gaps as it will buckle when filling it
repeat this until you reach the top
and fill it slowly with water while checking the top and making any adjustments necessary as its filling
patience and time is all thats required

ps the hole has to be bigger than the preform
 
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Welcome to our forum, good luck with the pond, I got rid of mine they were level then over winter heaved and were not level. Then one cracked during a real bad winter, so tossed them. Put in a liner.
 
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I would make it a little higher than the ground around it. Let it settle then build the ground up. But beware if you live in an area that gets very cold it could heave in the winter. Even so, as long as you can adjust the dirt around it you'll be fine. To hide the edge you can put flat rocks around.
 

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