Garden & Pond Top Tips

Construct it well. Design techniques vary with location, so hire an excavator who understands ponds. He will know to build it using sharply sloping banks to control aquatic weeds, for instance. Have the soil type tested to be sure enough clay content is present to seal the pond's bottom (IMAS can help here, call on 01462 734797).

Eight metre high 7 piece fountain configuration

We were called in to establish why an existing fountain display had started to under perform. The fountain had been installed some ten years ago and hadnít been physically touched in the last five. Ordinarily the fountain would achieve a height of approximately eight metres; it was now producing half of this.

Not being familiar with this installation, we set about understanding the fountains construction. This was impeded somewhat by its position in the middle of an incredibly large pond, which was approximately three feet deep.

The whole configuration weighed in excess of 150kgs and was based around two enormous submersible pumps, six medium shaumsprudler (foaming) jets and one centrally positioned large shaumsprudler (foaming) jet. This was all bolted to a supporting galvanized tubular frame work.

Further to four of us wrestling the beast out of the water, we recognised the frame work was rotten, one pump had expired and the plumbing to three of the fountains heads needed repair.

The whole configurations needed to be fully refurbished, so thatís what we did!

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