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on: May 05, 2005, 10:58:48 PM
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 What this turns out to be isn't what was originally thought when shovel went in soil.
 Actually, this lake started like most ponds as an ill-thought out attempt to add water to the backyard scenery.
 I started digging first; not knowing what shape or length or width or depth it would be. Moving dirt with a shovel was easy and fun.
 
 After AFKAPS '03(?) I called Brett Rowley and by just talking to Brett I got a vision of what the pond would be.
 Six feet deep. two ponds paralell, ten ft wide and 25ft long. with ten feet of earth between the two. One for males and one for females. I thought it would look very good. The space between the two would be the party deck.
 It was going to be two linered ponds, with block exterior walls.

 but then I read about concrete being the best thing to make a pond from...with lots of rebar.

Oh this is going to be one big mess
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Reply #1 on: May 05, 2005, 11:21:42 PM
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here's a pic that tells it like it was.....
 the grass in this hole is there because I thought I needed to step back and give some serious thought and learn what was right.
 and the place where no grass is...well grass was there before i started digging again....

 I think i still had a vision of the "two ponds" at this time...or maybe I had already started thinking about linking the two ponds into one pond shaped like a "U"

 For some reference points remember those orange trees in the back.


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Reply #2 on: May 05, 2005, 11:24:22 PM
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The pic above is an early pic, but i have earlier pics on some floppies somewhere....this PC doesn't even have a floppy port.
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Reply #3 on: May 06, 2005, 03:59:37 AM
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Ah a hole in the ground. Always a good way to start a pond Cheesy
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Reply #4 on: May 06, 2005, 10:06:39 AM
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Hokay,,,

Now which thread is hosting the great pond in creation?Huh Grin
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Reply #5 on: May 06, 2005, 11:33:08 AM
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Dang, I was hoping I was gonna see some new pics, not the same old tired ones again.. Grin  I wanna see water dude !!
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Reply #6 on: May 06, 2005, 09:56:02 PM
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Pickal,
 I just pumped out six inches of Rainwater this morning, and swept the bottom....that took most of the morning...i did finish the perimeter header ...at 2115hrs.
  Tomorrow I start the Island header
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Reply #7 on: May 06, 2005, 11:20:00 PM
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another thousand words.... there are currently 50 loose block in the backyard NOW


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Reply #8 on: May 06, 2005, 11:22:53 PM
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 that was two years ago. just to the right of the pool net mostly hidden is my old QT, The old septic tank.
 Now the woman who thinks she is married to me has HER bubble pond there.
  The backyard looks clean compared to what it is in this pic.
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Reply #9 on: May 07, 2005, 05:42:13 PM
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Luke this is a healthy sign. A thread started by you called Lake Luke. We are evewn getting PICs.
Please do not stop now.
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Reply #10 on: May 07, 2005, 10:02:31 PM
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and there was block-laying....I thought I could lay block. hell KB made a living at it so how hard can it be? That was how I felt about it a year ago.
 I still can't lay block. Sure I have my moments where two of them look straight. And one time I thought I laid three straight and level, but that was in the dark. The next morning shattered that hubris.
 But you know what, alot a Whole LOT of people can't lay block that tell you they can. Let me see if I can find a pic of the Blockwork that was being done by The Rebrend Freeman. A simple-minded affable fat man. I fired him when he showed back up the next morning. He had someone do part of the steelwork and I had to have them redo enough of that to make me "agreeable. And then he had a "team" show up to pour the slab. The team was supposed to be 4 people. It was 2 people, the idiot that couldn't tie steel, and a brokedown old man that had to sit in the shade when it got time for him to smooth out the surface. So the Surface was a little rough.
  Well all this time the good Reverend kept reminding me that he was a blocklayer that had no equal. And he might be right... I don't even lay block this bad.
 This is not even the worst joint, but it is cracked on both sides and you can actually see clean through to the other side
 When the Good Rebrend showed up in the AM, I showed him and he told me he could "fix all that Mistah Frisbee". I explained that he did it so it shouldn't need fix in. And then he explainsed since I was solid pouring the whole thing it didn't need to be "all that". I told him I wasn't paying for crappy work, and the Solid-pour was an Additional layer of insurance and he was fired.


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Reply #11 on: May 07, 2005, 10:20:59 PM
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 And then these guys came over and worked in the Hottest part of the year. They laid 450 block in two days. They talked a good game.
 


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Reply #12 on: May 07, 2005, 10:36:29 PM
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that was the guy that mixed mud.....maybe I can find a pic of the "crew".
 The guy with all his hair, and none of it gray, is the father of the woman that thinks she is married to me. He is a hard-wrking man. Everyone else got paid. Not him. that was a very cool gesture. He hadn't worked with concrete before. he got some concrete poisoning from rubbing cement into the joints with his hands. Never complained about it.


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Reply #13 on: May 07, 2005, 10:40:45 PM
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and now a milestone


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Reply #14 on: May 07, 2005, 10:42:50 PM
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it is coming


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