Hugbug's raised wooden goldfish pond

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    For a 3 m pond you could us 38 x 152 wood. Used for roofing. You'll need to inspect them yourself through and find the straighter pieces. :thumbup::thumbup: otherwise progress is looking really good. Waiting to see it full:cool:
     
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    Best is to use what's called S5 timber. I've used it for my latest rack and it's very strong, and straight...
     
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    Where did you buy it please?
     
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    Your local hardware shop should have it. But you need to specify you want S5 grade. Proper S5 is stamped S5 and also has the SABS stamp.
     
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    Thank you :thumbup:
     
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    Bought the rest of the wood yesterday.
    One 3m length cut into four 72cm lengths (for the two corner bracings I still needed), and then two 2.4m lengths cut into four 110cm lengths with 45 degree angles to use as the top frame.

    My plan/hope is to finish sealing all the wood over the course of this long weekend so it has next week to sink in and dry, and then hopefully move onto the assembly phase next weekend where we actually join all the frames and corners etc together, and add the liner.
    Will more than likely then add one more final layer of wood seal to the whole thing once it's together and then fill with water and plants the following weekend.
     
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    Nice progress @HugBug
     
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    No photos of the new goodness :lol:
     
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    Haha, I was going to but was stuck on the couch with a 2 year old on top of me so couldn't take the pics :lol:

    It's just a few strips of wood though, so nothing too exciting.
     
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    Its progress and that makes it exciting. :lol: my 2m build has made me realise this ;)
     
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    Hubby and I were working out the details of how to attach the top frame, and I was trying to explain how the pump and filter will work. We then realized that the electrical cable from the pump is too short to get to a safe electricity point/plug.
    It makes it up and out of the pond with at most 30-45cm to spare (at a guess).
    Obviously we can't add an extension plug outside where it will get rained on, so we're contemplating cutting the plug off and attaching an extension cable directly to the wire (so connecting two wires together snd covering with tons of insulation tape).
    Dh is crazy scared of electricity having been shocked as a teenager, so he's not thrilled with that idea, but I'm not really sure how else we'll get it to a plug.
    Even if we get an electrician to install and outdoor plug point, it will have to be right by the top of the pond, right next to where the water is flowing up and out of the pump into the planter box (filter), which also isn't all that safe in my opinion.
     
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    Are you indirectly hinting at some progress?
     
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    I used to be so scared myself and one of my closest friends being an electrician advised me when I had to do the same. Insulation tape would work wonders. And you can also use a water proof box
     
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    Join on the wires with ferrules. Then cover each individual wire with heat shrink. Then cover the whole bunch with another bigger heat shrink. That will give a water resistant connection.
    You could also hide the join in Tupperware and conceal that somewhere if you want to go all in
     
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    Haha yes. Nothing major but progress. I'll update the thread shortly
     
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    I meant one of these
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    Thanks, I like actual pictures of what's being suggested! Helps a lot!
     
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    I'll have to Google for ferrule and heat shrink.
    I *think* I know what a ferrule is (never heard the name but I'm guessing those little plastic join thingies you screw wires into to join them), but no idea what heat shrink is
     
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    OK, turns out a ferrule is not that plastic thingy. I still don't know what that's called, nor am I exactly sure how one would connect wires using a ferrule. But I'll Google and YouTube.
    Heat shrink looks awesome! Definitely think we'll use some of that.
     
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    Furrule is a metel "pipe" that you put the wires into then squash it to hold them.
    Heat srink is basically like insulation tape but you shrink it with a lighter. It can't come off once shrunk as easily as tape.

    Those plastic things are wire nuts.

    Furrule
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    Heat shrink
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