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Frame construction of 5000 gal pond

Discussion in 'D.I.Y' started by Pondsailor, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Pondsailor

    Pondsailor Active Member

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    Mermentau, Louisiana
    Hello everyone,

    This question goes out to ponders who have partial or fully raised ponds. I will be using 4 x 4 x 10's for the frame which will be roughly 16' x 10'. My question is concerning what would yall suggest in connecting/bolting the wood together? Would 7" hexing bolts do the trick being placed about every foot apart? I will be placing rebar in spots as well to give that extra support so no bulging will take place. The height will be between 18" to 24". I can only go so deep in ground due to rock.

    Any thoughts or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. shakaho

    shakaho Well-Known Member

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    Orlando FL
    I guess you don't have a termite problem in LA. Here, pressure treated lumber in contact with the ground lasts about two years. I use concrete blocks which are cheaper and can easily be stabilized completely with rebar.
     
  3. Fishheadz

    Fishheadz Well-Known Member

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    Moffat, CO.
    How deep down can you go until you hit rock? What is the frost line for your region/area? Permanent (there from now on), or temporary (potential for moving)? If you plan on it being a permanent structure, from a masonry aspect, you'd want to pour a stem wall the depth of your frostline for the wall to sit on. The stem wall, and the cinderblock wall should both be reinforced with rebar.

    *Also
    10'x16'x18" = 1795.33 Gallons
    10'x16'x24" = 2393.77 Gallons
    If you can go down into the earth 24" and have 24" above ground, then you could accomplish the (near)5,000 gal you are seeking,
    in the same footprint.
    10'x16'x48" = 4787.53 Gallons
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014

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