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Old 12-27-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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I got a pond for Christmas and I have a question....

Out of the blue, I got a 700 gallon, 15x8' pond kit for Christmas. My first thought was, I have a very elaborate in-ground irrigation system in my yard with many, many sprinkler heads. I'm guessing there probably isn't a single spot in my yard that would accommodate the pond, that is free of any in-ground piping. Is this going to turn into a crazy project if I attempt to actually put this in? I have no idea about re-piping irrigation systems and whether there needs to balance or certain pitch or whatever.


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Old 12-27-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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Moving the tubing or removing a sprinkler head and plugging it should have no noticeable affect on the system.

You might consider a raised bed garden for the pond if digging is not one of your favorite jobs.

I think you will get a lot of pleasure from a pond----very soothing---Mike---


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As Mike said, there should be little or no effect from rerouting the water lines, but I would try to keep the lines that you replace as level as possible, not necessarily for the purpose of the sprinklers, but for the purpose of draining or blowing out the lines, whichever you do in the fall.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies!
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:33 PM   #5
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The goal in good irrigation design is to preserve both water pressure and water flow rate. Major theft of both happens quickly with elbow joints and so forth so as you dig things up for the pond try not to make a puzzle maze out of your irrigation plumbing. Keep things as direct as possible. Run new lateral lines if you have to rather than "cutting and pasting" around the pond.

It was never an issue for me designing irrigation systems in California but if you live in a cold climate, you should build in the capability for blowing out the entire system so trapped water does not freeze. Again, a puzzle maze of elbow joints bending around things makes it harder.

You will love the pond. If you need fish to go in it to help keep it clean? PM me. A high school friend's husband's father raises really nice looking Asian Koi. He is always looking for parents willing to adopt the fish.
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For those who know ponds: What is done to prevent children from falling in and drowning? Do towns require fencing like for pools? I've read about kids drowning in a 5 gallon bucket; I'm sure a pond would be as potentially dangerous.
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Lord. Is that a common snapper or an alligator snapper? If the former then it's the biggest one I've ever seen and I've seen my share. She must be close to 50#.
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Why not just dig down a few inches (but still above your lines) and 'build up' the rest of the pond area. Essentially it's a pond that is slightly raised in the back. Most of these ponds include a waterfall and if done with natural stone can look quite attractive.
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I would definitely put the pond in, I think it will be a great touch to your yard and I wish I had enough space for my own pond. I don't think your sprinklers will be difficult to move. If you were able to put the system in, it won't be nearly as hard to make some slight changes. I hope everything works out in your favor!
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You can even make a very pretty pond by simple building a wall around it with those heavy interlocking wall/terracing blocks available at HD or Lowes, etc., and adding an elevated corner with stones and creating a water fall or flow into it (using a circulating pump), and some well placed plantings. I built one of those in my garden dept (in a Lowe's type store) to sell that sort of merchandise and for a nice atmosphere.
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I would check your local zoning and maybe call your insurance company to see if that would be a problem. I think the depth would be more of an issue than the size. But if you think someone can fall in it and drown, if that was to happen you should expect a lawsuit, I would get any permit or safety issues taken care of first. The last thing you want is to spend the time installing it just to have to remove it.
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Since it winter, you have some time to do research to see if this is
what you really want. If you want fish you need to be a minimum
of three feet deep in one section of the pond.
We have a koi pond since 1997 and love it, but it's not for everyone.

There are a lot of pond forums, do a search...pond people are good people
and very helpful. Better to research this project before digging.

good luck...


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