Uploaded on May 11, 2012 by Pondguru Powered by YouTube
This pond was originally installed by a local contractor who was a member of BALI, Federation of master builders and all manner of landscaping organisations. This tragic mess proves that having fancy affiliated stickers all over your vehicle don't mean a thing since the job was a total shambles. A brief rundown of the problems identified:
1 - Two low quality PVC liners installed with no underlay (first liner was punctured during fitting). An obvious tear in the first liner had been 'repaired' by stuffing it with a carrier bag and covering it in white silicone.
2 - System for groundwater removal was not in base of pond (may as well be in a desert).
3 - None of the edging stones were cemented into position.
4 - Shelves were not level or even flat.
5 - Electrics were buried in ground in box with holes in - full of water and feed to pump was wired up wrong (maybe pump impeller turned backwards?!)
6 - Since electric cable to filter wasn't long enough, it was joined with plastic block connector wrapped in tape and buried in ground instead of being joined with IP68 connector.
7 - No provision was made for the drain outlet on the filter, therefore when cleaning previously the waste water ran out the back of the filter back into the pond.
Oh yes, it was a beauty. I have seen a few of the jobs done by this guy but this one was a keeper.
Do not fear - He is no longer trading (possibly due to the amount of times he got sued presumably)
The one thing the original pond builder got right was the choice of pump and filter but since he used to buy his gear from Tyne Valley Aquatics, I would have advised on that - lol. The pump is an OASE Aquamax 8.000 and the filter is an OASE Filtoclear 11.000. I used to always advise that he tookmrubber liner and he'd always go out with PVC, no underlay and state that he used potato sacks as underlay.
As shown in the video, the pond was built how it should have been done in the first place with good quality 1mm rubber liner and thick polyester underlay.
Anyway, thanks for watching. There are dozens more pond builds on my Pond Construction playlist.
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