Concrete rim for preformed plastic shell--really necessary?

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Concrete rim for preformed plastic shell--really necessary?

Post by Kamikaz » Thu, 30 Mar 2000 04:00:00



I have a 8 x 4 pond shell; in the ground by now.
My pond builder suggested, I put a rim of concrete
around the upper lip for support. However, none of
the books or instructions I have seen suggest that.

a) This is an awful lot of cement. Being pregnant, I am not
    particularly eager to work with cement for more than a
    couple of hours. (Hey, I got pregnant after I started the
    pond. :-)

b) Is this really necessary? The ground here is very
    *** its own. The pond shell is very solid (fiber
    glass). And I want to be able to remove the pond if
    necessary without using a jack hammer.
    Note that I *will* do some cementing in one high-traffic
    area. Also, the lip will be covered with flag stones in many
    places. (I wasn't going to cement them, so I can rearrange
    things until they are perfect.)

Valerie

 
 
 

Concrete rim for preformed plastic shell--really necessary?

Post by Vernon Olso » Fri, 31 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Valerie:  If you have clay type soil that gets hard  I certainly
wouldn't worry about putting cement around it.  As long as the pool is
full of water it will be pretty much self supporting.  I you drain it
for some reason just be careful not to put too much pressure on the
ground right next to the pond.   Just remember that nothing is for ever
and sometime when we try to build things to last forever we cause
ourselves a lot of work.  :-)  I am sure you will want to make changes.
Those ponds kind of set the stage for romance I guess.(smile)
vern

Quote:

> I have a 8 x 4 pond shell; in the ground by now.
> My pond builder suggested, I put a rim of concrete
> around the upper lip for support. However, none of
> the books or instructions I have seen suggest that.

> a) This is an awful lot of cement. Being pregnant, I am not
>     particularly eager to work with cement for more than a
>     couple of hours. (Hey, I got pregnant after I started the
>     pond. :-)

> b) Is this really necessary? The ground here is very
>     *** its own. The pond shell is very solid (fiber
>     glass). And I want to be able to remove the pond if
>     necessary without using a jack hammer.
>     Note that I *will* do some cementing in one high-traffic
>     area. Also, the lip will be covered with flag stones in many
>     places. (I wasn't going to cement them, so I can rearrange
>     things until they are perfect.)

> Valerie

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