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I thought my yard was inundated with rock
 
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Found a log on a job site, just need to figure out where I am going to put it around the bog and pond, cut it in half so I can handle moving it. Might steal GBBUDD’s idea of having water run through the hollow part of it.

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outside of this haven’t done a whole lot with bog, stuck in the aqua blocks, snorkel/centipede and hooked up hose. Now have to get the rock, which I am working on, but going to be slow with things shutting down everywhere. Quarries still open and pretty much all construction is deemed essential, in Md at the moment.
 
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I still have the two ponds in IL. Never fails that the koi pond is murky and the goldfish pond is crystal clear. Those koi just stir the bottom more than the goldies.
With regard to the bog issues, mine are
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8 and 9 years old. The root systems are pushing the pea gravel and plants to a level higher than the edge of the bogs. I’ve learned to cut back all plants within 6-8” of the outside edge so the water can flow and not OVERflow. Works well. But yes irises seem to really take over if not cut back yearly.
 

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shots of the bog with first layer of rock in place...
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@GBBUDD here are shots of the easy pro blocks, with the tabs sticking out that inter lock into the top, bottom and sides. I forgot too mention some of the tabs were on angles, some of which I could force into the holes and bend it straight so it would go together. Others got smacked with a hammer and removed, only had a few I hide to do that with.
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shots of the bog with first layer of rock in place...
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@GBBUDD here are shots of the easy pro blocks, with the tabs sticking out that inter lock into the top, bottom and sides. I forgot too mention some of the tabs were on angles, some of which I could force into the holes and bend it straight so it would go together. Others got smacked with a hammer and removed, only had a few I hide to do that with.
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Glad they worked out for you. It's coming together. what are you using 2-3 then 3/4. Are you going all the way down to 3/8". I did a mix 3/4 and 3/8 I was concerned it would clog too fast.
Would you fight the blocks if you had to make the stack 2 high and 8 rows for rain water harvesting? they look pretty close and at half the cost hell I do a little work to to get it togertoffer. I think that's part of the problem I'm having now I said I want this bog running and the pond going and I just may have rushed it a bit saying the usual I can fix it if it fails. I'm sure you know the feeling.
 
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What are the aquablocks or easy pro blocks used for? What is their purpose?
Instead of filling the entire bog with gravel you can put the aqua blocks in on the bottom portion. The blocks have a larger water storage capacity than rock, and these used in conjunction with a snorkel and centipede allow sediment to settle out into the snorkel chamber. Then this area Can be accessed from above with a pump to remove any build up of gunk.

Benefits don’t have to get as much rock/gravel, more water volume, easy of cleaning if need be with the snorkel/settling chamber access area.
 
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Glad they worked out for you. It's coming together. what are you using 2-3 then 3/4. Are you going all the way down to 3/8". I did a mix 3/4 and 3/8 I was concerned it would clog too fast.
Would you fight the blocks if you had to make the stack 2 high and 8 rows for rain water harvesting? they look pretty close and at half the cost hell I do a little work to to get it togertoffer. I think that's part of the problem I'm having now I said I want this bog running and the pond going and I just may have rushed it a bit saying the usual I can fix it if it fails. I'm sure you know the feeling.
Yes, think I am going to throw in just a bit more of 2-3”, then will be about 16” deep of 3/4” and throw some 3/8” mixed in as well.

I would go with the easy pro as well, even going two high. Once they were together and in the bog area I was walking all over them they held up fine, maybe A little popping here and there as I didn’t get them locked together as tight as I thought. I even cut three of them up to make smaller blocks to fill in around in some smaller oddball holes, those were okay as well.

I hear ya, on the I can fix it if need be later stuff. Always coming up with better ideas like with this larger version of the bog, after having the pond going on 10 years now. My wife rolls her eyes at me most the time when I say I need to do this and that to fix something on whatever, I just made. She just of the mindset why are you just jumping in and why didn’t you just do it right the first time, just tell her I am not smart enough for that, but I can fix a lot of problems that arise from my method. Of course, I only do this with my own stuff, never really happens with my customers or others stuff.
 

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She just of the mindset why are you just jumping in and why didn’t you just do it right the first time
lol i have more than once just jumped in and had to do minor fixes to "correct" my impulsiveness. But usually it goes ok.
 
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Yes, think I am going to throw in just a bit more of 2-3”, then will be about 16” deep of 3/4” and throw some 3/8” mixed in as well.

I would go with the easy pro as well, even going two high. Once they were together and in the bog area I was walking all over them they held up fine, maybe A little popping here and there as I didn’t get them locked together as tight as I thought. I even cut three of them up to make smaller blocks to fill in around in some smaller oddball holes, those were okay as well.

I hear ya, on the I can fix it if need be later stuff. Always coming up with better ideas like with this larger version of the bog, after having the pond going on 10 years now. My wife rolls her eyes at me most the time when I say I need to do this and that to fix something on whatever, I just made. She just of the mindset why are you just jumping in and why didn’t you just do it right the first time, just tell her I am not smart enough for that, but I can fix a lot of problems that arise from my method. Of course, I only do this with my own stuff, never really happens with my customers or others stuff.
ok you went further then I would fess to but lmao here as the mrs just walked down to the patio and gave me the hairy eyeball. I may end up down that way rumbling I may be heading for Baltimore area for a while we'll have to have a drink. do a tail gate party across the parking lot of a boat launch somewhere. got to keep the 6 foot
 
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do a tail gate party across the parking lot of a boat launch somewhere. got to keep the 6 foot
I hope we'll be able to use our boats this year! I'm looking forward to the boating season. I hope they cancel the stay-at-home rules at least by May. After all, while on our boat, we won't be anywhere near other people anyway.
We only go during the week anyway...less people using the launches. I'm lucky, I'm retired and like it that way. There are some really ignorant, dumb, discourteous people at the launches on the weekends.
 
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ok you went further then I would fess to but lmao here as the mrs just walked down to the patio and gave me the hairy eyeball. I may end up down that way rumbling I may be heading for Baltimore area for a while we'll have to have a drink. do a tail gate party across the parking lot of a boat launch somewhere. got to keep the 6 foot
Haha can always use a drink especially these days.
 
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one of the best for myself was we were at Burger King lake winipisaki my buddy thought it was a good idea to hold a French fry up have the sea gull hover and come take it from his hand . it worked a couple times then he thought he'd try to grab one. I told him it was a shi__ thing to do. and just a baddddd idea. Well the next one came in for the fry and bob reached upland he got a leg and the seagull dropped his load sorta speak right on to Dave's hamber as he was opening up to take a bite. His um reaction was one I'll never forget it was pretty gross. I thought I had never lol so hard in my life. Dave got up and chased after bob a lanky 6'-6" bean pole down the dock dave couldn't catch him so he kicked Bob's back foot while running it spun him around he hit the decks post and catapolted over it flipping . This was in mid april. The water was beyond cold. well I lol so hard oh hout I wish you tube was around back then and these cell phones. Dave had also driven and refused to let bob in and warm up . he had to go into Burger King soaking wet ... paybacks a bbbbyach
 
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Ive seen a lot of funny and stupid things happen at boat ramps In my line of work.
Yeah, I've witnessed quite a few myself.
I can tell you some whoppers. But, it's mostly the rude ones that keep me away from the ramps on the weekends. And it's not just the boaters. Once I was at a busy ramp (on a weekend!!!), and there were no spaces left to park my rig after launching. Cars were parked all over even in spots designated for vehicles with trailers. A woman was sitting in her little car and I politely asked her to move into a smaller spot nearby. She refused! I was flabbergasted! I explained to her that she was in a designated spot for a vehicle with a trailer. She refused. I ended up parking on a grass embankment. So it's not just the boaters. It's swimmers, hikers or just spectators that can make your day difficult. Retirement is great! We only go to the lake during the week.
 

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People can be ignorant, it’s not surprising people would park their cars in a trailer spot.

Ive seen boats sink in the ramps( forget to put plug in) this is a common on, vehicles slide down the ramp into the river, people pull boats and proceed to wash boat off in ramp for 15 minutes, or pull up still blocking everything and start putting stuff away. Saw a guy trailer his boat and not strap it down, it ended up in the middle of the road around the corner from the marina.
 
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Yep, the old forget to put the drain plug in mishap! I have say, knock on wood, I've never done that...yet! Maybe because P.A. doesn't have that strict rule about trailering with the drain plug in. While on the ramp after retrieval, I unscrew the plug, hook my transom straps up, then screw the plug right back in.

There are a bunch of boat ramp fail videos on you tube.
Nice trucks being winched out of the water. Completely submerged. Totally ruined. Big lifted highly capable looking 4x4's in the drink. How does one do that? Considering the price of a full size truck, it's quite sad.
 

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