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POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:41:44 AM »
This is  a few photos of our existing pond.










We spent about a month last summer clearing the area at the top of the photo.

Here is some of the stacked firewood ( Elm, Ash, Maple and Oak) we harvested from that area:



Looking towards the existing pond.The White Pine tree borders the edge of the exit stream.



Racing against the Autumn rains this year Jim runs into several  hiccups with the backhoe.

July 24th the Main Cylinder for the boom blew a seal and needed to be rebuilt.
Sept 7th  the Hydraulic hose on that cylinder blows.
Sept 16th the front tires will not hold air (Original tires dry rot) They both need to be replaced with tubes.
Sept 24th the battery dies.

We had to rethink our timeline goals.The pond will not be completed this year!

Breaking the dam to start draining the existing pond a couple of feet at a time:







While waiting for the overflow stream to dry Jim works on removing stumps .



It is hard to visualize this pile of stumps and rocks but it is approximately 9 ft tall He will cover this mess with the fill from the hole for the new section of the pond.



Now that a lane way was completed Jim starts on the stilt catch pond.



This stilt catch pond is about 5 ft to 6 ft deep and will help filter the spring runoff from snow melt.



 There is a small spring in this area so it needed to be pumped out each morning during the dig.We bought a pump from Harbor freight.


And ordered a high quality set of  hoses on line:




The main area  underway. We once again hit water.



More to come........
« Last Edit: October 08, 2016, 08:04:31 AM by Maggie13 »
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2016, 11:19:21 AM »
That is a mighty ambitious project there Maggie. Where are you going to place all of that dirt you dig out of the pond?

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 06:57:30 PM »
That is a mighty ambitious project there Maggie. Where are you going to place all of that dirt you dig out of the pond?
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 02:05:28 AM »
All of your projects end up being beautiful.  I can't wait to see this one.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 09:36:28 AM »
This sort of project has been on my " would love to do" list for most of my adult life, but I doubt that I will ever have the chance, so I will watch this thread closely.  That backhoe is going to get more than a few hours on it for your project!  Do you have a dump trailer or truck to help move the dirt or is the backhoe doing it all? 
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2016, 10:54:28 AM »
 DoubleD that was going to be my very next photo post!

Below is start of what will become our mountain of dirt:


A few more photos of the progress:








The west and north banks are  at 10 ft deep, not as deep as the original pond but it will be deep enough for fish to survive the winter.








The pond has been lowered about 3 ft in this picture.


 
and is starting to trickle  into the new section...... ahead of schedule:








We are expecting potentially a lot of rain from the hurricane that is coming up the coast this week if we don't get the rains Jim should be able to finish the east bank. If we do get it then we will be done for the year.

Thanks Tutti!
 This project is so outside our comfort zone, It is a learning as we go sort of project.

GopherBroke the backhoe is doing the digging and hauling,We have been looking for a dump truck  just haven't found one that we like within our budget.

 The "yuk"  on the bottom from 46 years of build up is going to be soupy and the edges full of weeds all need to be removed.We will definately have a truck for that work.

Our goal is to get some of the pond back to its originally depths of  12 ft - 16 ft.increase the perimeter by reclaiming all  of its banks.











« Last Edit: October 05, 2016, 06:20:20 PM by Maggie13 »
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2016, 01:07:09 PM »
   Maggie13..............   I looked up your member profile.   You must have made a mistake because when it states your age its wrong. The reason I say this is nobody at that age would start a project of that size at that age. All kidding aside youall are doing a great job. Hope it works out to your wishing.

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2016, 04:51:52 PM »
So far for us age is "JUST" a number.

We stay too busy to let the thought enter our minds that we can't do something. Of course we have our aches and pains from a life style that was hard on our bodies but once we get moving life is good.

We love to create.
Our property is like an artists' canvas,perhaps someday it will be our finished masterpiece or worse case it could be a dream in progress for the next owner.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2016, 03:50:39 AM »
G'day guys,
Well Done, when you finish do you want to come to Tassie & build mine, LOL, Regards Pete
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2016, 05:51:16 AM »
An awesome project Maggie.  I think this is another case of folks on this forum not thinking of age as part of the challenge.  :)
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2016, 08:05:02 AM »
Move it or loose it.  It's a blessing to have only aches an pains to worry about an if you were not working on your projects ya might not be moving. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2016, 08:49:35 AM »
G'day guys,
Well Done, when you finish do you want to come to Tassie & build mine, LOL, Regards Pete

Pete funny you should ask....... one of our neighbors up the road came by the other day  asked the same thing. You might be a bit to far of a commute.


An awesome project Maggie.  I think this is another case of folks on this forum not thinking of age as part of the challenge.  :)

Thanks Mike! The only time 'age" come into our minds is at the end of the day we get a good laugh at how much we accomplished vs how much we used to get done in a day!

As Gopherboke said :Move it or Loose it" That is one of our favorite sayings.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2016, 04:28:11 AM »
G'day Maggie,
   Sure looks like the makings of a good business to fill in all the spare time you don't have!. Keep up the good work & inspire all us retired pensioners to greater heights. Pete
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2016, 07:31:36 PM »
Mag, if this project comes out 1/2 as good as any of the ones in the past,, it will still be super nice.. your guys level of perfection it high.. do it right the first time..

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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2016, 11:32:32 AM »
Pete There is no doubt in my mind this is going to take us a lot longer  to complete than someone that does this for a living and with only a  vague sketch of what we want the final pond to look like we shall see how close it comes.
Besides we already have a business that pays the bills and keeps a roof over our heads.
We build custom cabinetry when not playing around on our property projects.

Keep your fingers crossed Zook!
This project is "way outside" our expertise.
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2016, 09:31:23 AM »
 This is my last progress post on this thread until next year:

We connected the two areas of the pond to give it time to refill before winter.
 This way the "Pond"critters  can settle in for the winter :







In the spring we will break the dam on the over flow end and drain it down again.
Here is Ruby walking across the dam end of the pond:

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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2016, 08:38:22 PM »
Maggie,

Did you put an overflow pipe around the dam end of the pond or how are planning on handling the spring overflow of your pond? It looks great so far and I know a lot of time, money and effort has gone into this project.

Also will you stock fish into the pond once completed? We stocked ours several years ago and the few kids around here enjoy catching fish in it. A pond can provide a lot of recreation. Great job!!
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Re: POND EXPANSION PROJECT
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2016, 11:38:40 AM »
The dam is temporary. We didn't want to totally drain the pond We have too many critters that call it their home.

This WAS the over flow on the downside of the old dam.



Once we have finished cleaning up and deepening the pond our plan is to create a small channel in the dam rather than a pipe for overflow ( we will use a bridge to cross over ) That way we can create a   waterfalls dropping into a small pool before meandering gradually down the 900 ft to the Creek below.

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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2016, 08:52:13 AM »
The pond is full:
View from the guest bedroom:



Looking back towards the house:



The temporary inlet layout  from the silt pond is flowing:



and the water is flowing out over the dam:



Not bad for using a cheap self-leveling laser level we bought at Harbor Freight to shoot heights for the High tunnel.
With coupons I think we paid $17

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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2016, 09:16:43 AM »
It looks good Maggie, what happen to the snow? I thought NY just got 20", did you get lucky and miss most of it?