Do it yourself

May 3rd, 2017 at 5:34:46 PM permalink
Face
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The last was also made of plywood. It was little more than one slab with two walls on either side; mostly just a ramp. I simply stapled that plastic garden liner for weeds atop it. It was uncovered otherwise and soaked repeatedly on the bottom. Was soft for sure, but held up fine for 3+ years including winters and did not disintegrate when I just picked it up a few weeks ago.

That is likely what I'll do again since it's so easy. Another option would be to fibreglass the whole thing. I sure have enough to do so, and even if the wood rotted, it'd remain a viable shell.

I'm not worried. This is just a quick try, something to get me running and attempt to do something that'll work. I've no problem rebuilding years from now into something different.
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May 3rd, 2017 at 6:06:26 PM permalink
petroglyph
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Had a bit of a lull as it's November again here, they're actually calling for snow on Saturday.
It hit 101 here on our patio today. First time this year I've seen it over one hundred.
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May 3rd, 2017 at 6:41:44 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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I recall that some or all plywoods have been treated, or maybe it's the adhesive, that makes it tough on aquatic life. Maybe a coat of bedliner would be all you need. You could skip the plastic sheet.
May 4th, 2017 at 2:58:37 PM permalink
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Quote: Ayecarumba
I recall that some or all plywoods have been treated, or maybe it's the adhesive, that makes it tough on aquatic life. Maybe a coat of bedliner would be all you need. You could skip the plastic sheet.


NO BEDLINER!!!1!

;)

I already have the sheet on hand. And because of it, no water will touch the plywood, or at least none that will end up back in the pond. I'm sure it'll rot eventually, but I'm sure I will re-do / upgrade it before then.

What about burlap? This is what I was going to use as the first, coarse media filter. I figured it'd last a good long time and due to the size / cost, this particular filter could be disposable. I'm sure it'll last much, much longer than my filter change schedule, basically my only concern is what it's made of. I'm reasonably convinced it will not decay into something toxic, but figured I'd ask.
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May 4th, 2017 at 4:23:29 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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My concern would be that it would disintergrate and pack the filter with smelly rotten fibers. What about a screen door mesh followed by old golf balls?
May 14th, 2017 at 10:58:41 PM permalink
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No doubt you've seen some of these, before, but probably not all.

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May 22nd, 2017 at 12:54:54 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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I had to disconnect my in-ground sprinkler a couple of months ago due to a crack in one of the buried metal water pipes that fed my house from the main near the street. When the leaky pipe was capped, it left the spigot by my front lawn, and the sprinkler dry.
So, now I have some options:

-- Continue to drag a hose that is connected to an inconveniently located spigot (it's behind a bunch of plants), and hand water the lawn. It's summer now, so watering needs to be conducted more often, which is a real chore.

-- Buy a sprinkler attachment and maybe a timer. I'd have to remember to move it around, and put it and the hose away each time I was finished. Did I mention that a hose reel made out of cast plastic cost more than 60 bucks at Costco? Yuck!

-- Hook up the former spigot and sprinkler. This would involve running copper piping from the backyard, through my garage, or digging up my driveway. A prohibitively expensive, but permanent, fix.

-- Other??

Does anyone have any suggestions?
May 22nd, 2017 at 1:09:33 PM permalink
petroglyph
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-- Other??

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Do away with the lawn, mine is gravel.
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May 22nd, 2017 at 1:12:05 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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What abuot these cholla things? Yeah, people from the Spanish Language thread will probably know what I mean. Its a few of those terra cotta looking pots that is filled with water and slowly leaks it out to the surrounding soil thus nurturing whatever grows there with water on an as needed basis and avoiding massive evaporation such as takes place when watering a lawn and massive over-watering in order to quench the truly thirsty plants. It gets burried.

Assign Face, the task of making one of those sixty buck devices out of twenty-seven cents worth of scrap and thirty seconds of elbow grease.

Hire a teenage girl in short shorts and a skimpy bra to water your lawn for you, your wife will soon take over the task of watering the lawn.

Construct a recycling bin that feeds a fuel cell which produced free water and leaks it into the lawn.

Go visit a casino and make enough as an AP to pay someone to repair the pipe.
May 23rd, 2017 at 2:44:10 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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Do away with the lawn, mine is gravel.


Ditto. My whole backyard is garden. Lawns are just wasteful on so many levels. Except to get grass to compost there is little use in them.

Or just don't water it. That I find the biggest waste of resources.
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