Hugbug's raised wooden goldfish pond

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    Googled wire nut. Still not quite what I was thinking of. Found it though - a block connector. That's what I thought a ferrule was.
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    These will also work :thumbup: you just need to tape or heat shrink the whole block. Or put it in a plastic box like @Shabir suggested
     
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    I am solving a similar problem with a pump in my jojo tank and I am currently looking at this. (Attached)

    I haven’t tried it yet though. (Got a thesis to complete / start)

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    An electrician might be able to just extend the cable for you if you take the pump in (without a call out fee)
     
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    The joint kit that @JPB is talking about will do the job just fine. Used it a couple of times for outside (exposed) wiring.
     
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    For @Whoknows, here are the extra bits of wood bought.
    Well, actually, that's all the wood for the corner bracing and middle bracing. I did the under coat of wood seal on them all last night.

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    Then we joined together the bits of wood for the top frame just now. Unfortunately it looks like the 45 degree corners weren't cut 100% so we have a few gaps. Dh is going to try and fill them with wood glue. I'll likely just position those corners at the back of the pond so the plants will cover them anyway.

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    I'll do the undercoat of wood seal on this this evening, and then first coat of undiluted wood seal on it and the bracing bits on Tuesday.
     
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    Thank you :thumbup::thumbup:
    Get woodfilla for the mis cut 45s or you can sand them to close the gaps
     
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    Nice progress @HugBug ! All coming together
     
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    I finally finished sealing all the wood this week.
    Well, it all still needs one final coat but we'll do that when it's all together.

    Phase three was to start putting it all together.
    The first step was to make the top, as per my previous post.

    Then today we added the first part of each corner's bracing, as well as the middle bracing bits.
    We first fixed the corner bracing onto the bottom frame, then slowly added one new frame at a time, screwing them in place as we went. Then we added the middle bracing.
    We still need to add the other half of the corner bracings.
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    We also fixed the top onto the top frame using small L-brackets.
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    Being just a girl who never did woodwork and couldn't for the life of me work out what length of wood to get for the top, we now have a square top on a slightly rectangular pond :lol:
    The pond is 100x104cm. The top is 110x110cm.
    It still works though.

    We slotted the top layer in place just to see the final product.
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    We will unscrew the top when we add the liner so that we can fix it between the top frame and the pond top. But we wanted the holes in place before we add the liner so that's why we've connected them now already.

    We also haven't fixed the top frame onto the rest of the pond yet because it won't fit out the braai room doors once it's on.
    The whole thing needs another coat of wood seal as well but it's meant to rain tues/wed I think do we'll likely move it outside and finish it off next weekend.

    We also realized that when adding the corner bracing, the brackets we used to fix the top together will get in the way of the one side of corner bracing, so we took the problem ones off and stuck a screw in to connect the wood instead, now that it was all held in place already.
    (we did land up filling the gaps in the not-exact 45 degree corners with pollyfiller).
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    I also bought this to use as insulation between the wood and the liner, instead of polystyrene.
    If anyone thinks it'll cause a major problem please speak up. As far as I can tell it should work.
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    Its turning out awesome :thumbup: I really like the end result so far :thumbup:
     
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    Its looking great. :thumbup:
     
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    Well done and respect!!
     
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    Wow this is excellent to watch. I almost want to try doing this myself. Only problem is my fish will roast in our summers. Approximately 45 to 50 degrees Celsius
     
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    Boiled fish for lunch??? :lol:
     
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    On this note. Today we had my daughter's friend over and she came with her Ethiopian helper. On the dinner table the wife had salmon and she asks me if this is the fish from my tank hahaha
     
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    :eek::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Hahaha :lol::lol:
     
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    My Arabic is so bad that I answered yes at first. Then later realised she meant our fish as in the one in the tank lol.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this done :)
     
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