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Old 09-15-2015, 09:29 AM
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pond digging advice

Going to look at a possible pond dig today. Was wondering if anyone had any advice/past experiences for us.

What I know so far:
-approx 1/4 size
-requested about 10' deep (want to push him to go deeper if he wants fish)
-has a fairly flat lot. I'll post a terrain pic when I get the address.
-no trees in the way. currently its pasture area.
-keeping some dirt, most hauled out.

We have the equipment to do it, so that isn't a problem. I'd sub out some tandem/tri trucks though to haul out.

I'm looking for ideas to know what I should look for ahead of time. If we get it, I'm going to want to dig a test hole and check the water table.

Neighbor has a similar sized pond that he dug a while back, said he started running into shale about 10-12' down but most of it was clay.

I hope Chris chimes in, but I know he has been busy lately. From what I've seen around the avg. cost for something like this is about 6-8k which sounds a bit on the lower end.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:08 AM
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Is that a 1/4 acre pond?

6-8k ??

The trucking is going to cost more then that alone.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:19 AM
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That is almost 4k yard of dirt. 6-8k is way low.
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Old 09-15-2015, 12:26 PM
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I did a quick Google search on my phone right after the guy called me and pulled up a thread from tractor net. I didn't see how old the thread but he was complaining of getting that quote for a similar sized pond and it being expensive.

I literally got the call last evening so didn't even run any numbers in my head. I'm going to see it today so I'll post more details when I can.
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:46 PM
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Every place I've dug in Ohio, I found field tile. That will drain the pond so plan on additional excavation to correct that, or add it as a possible additional cost.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:14 AM
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Ok, so I visited the site yesterday. It's nowhere near a 1/4 acre. Actually smaller than 1/8. The total area staked out is 4,680sq ft. of rectangle in which a kidney shaped pond would be built, so I'd assume a rough total surface area of 3-3,500 sq. ft. With an avg. depth of 7' that makes it about 850 cu yds of excavation. The neighbors pond to the north is rougly 1/4 acre from what I measured using planimeter.

He has an area of the back property that we can lose all the dirt into, plus we build some berms alongside one edge of the pond. At this point, no trucking needed.

The overflow would have to run about 4-500' to empty out into a natural swale at the back of the property.

The location of the pond is less than ideal but it should scavange some rainfall though.

I've got a 2' drop from the north edge to the south edge, and the same from the furthest NE diagonally across to the furthest SW point. The SW point would be the location of the outlet, from which I have 4' of drop to where the pipe would empty to the swale about 500' away in the back corner.



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Old 09-16-2015, 10:02 AM
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go deeper than 10 feet otherwise algae will be an issue.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:03 AM
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I would tell em...get a pool
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:46 PM
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I like pool idea. Seems like odd place for a pond. Or he's trying to keep up with the neighbor. Lol
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:53 AM
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First thing I told him when I got there was that it wasn't the ideal place for one. Everything behind that grass line at far east end rises up slowly then slopes back down. He doesn't have a good location anywhere. I told him he may need to get it filled.

He wants a natural looking pond with some cat tails, reeds etc... along the edges. Not for swimming.
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