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by Thomas Troisch

Wood Frame Back-yard Pond

Presenting my back-yard pond made of recycled and reclaimed palette wood (well, a significant part of it, at least). I started by digging out 2 tiered hole (7 by 5.5 foot and 2.5 foot deep) then installed contractor grade wood reenforced walls as the foundation and lined it with a cotton base-coat and a 15 by 15 foot 1/32 inch waterproof foil. the pond itself consists of multiple wall segments, each with even planks (resembling mid-century kitchen wainscoting) secured to wooden studs via smooth headed corrosion proof nuts and bolts. The segments were then coated with waterproof, environmentally safe (and very expensive) yacht-hull enamel. Then the final pond structure was assembled on the lawn adjacent to the hole and lowered (extremely carefully) into place. Prior to filling the pond with water, 400 pounds of pea pebbles were added to blanket the pond floor and planting shelf. The running boards and seating shelves are solid ceder planks waterproofed with earth-friendly classic wood-hull boat stain. the last step was to add the landscaping (including these really cool blue glow pebbles), the whiskey barrel, waterfall pump (950 gal/hr) and 575 gallons of water (recycled mason jar lamps light up the water feature at night).

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Ann Nell
Ann Nell

Please do not use pressure treated wood as the chemicals in it will kill the fish/frogs.

Thomas Troisch
Reply to  Ann Nell

no pressure treated woods, or cheap home improvement store paints/stains used…everything used in this pond is guaranteed environmentally safe and sound (that’s why some of the paints where so crazy expensive)…the water is crystal clear – not a slightest evidence of a film or sheen – also the pH is right where it should be – at 7.5).
I have no fish in there, they would not survive the racoons that occasionally take a dip…

but thank you for your concern…I too, enjoy watching the wildlife…

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The pond itself consists of multiple wall segments, each with even planks secured to wooden studs via smooth headed corrosion proof nuts and bolts. The segments were then coated with waterproof, environmentally safe yacht-hull enamel. Then the final pond protection is possible only with ————.

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