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Discussion in 'Water Features' started by wurkn with amish, Nov 9, 2010.
Here's our newest feature this year and probably yhe last with the dropping temps.....
Nice! The 'Colorfalls' really do add that touch. As for the dropping temps, you could always offer ice sculptures.
I cant wait til next year when the perennials fill in...... Seriously tho, I have been trying to figure out how to build ones with lights in them. It just doesn't stay quite cold enough.
Where do you reside wurkin? Most of the ice sculptures done at the annual winter festivals in Ottawa and Quebec have lights in most of them.
mid ohio zone 5
I'm trying to move into the landscape/hardscape side from mainly mowing industry. I've seen these colorfalls advertised a lot and had a few questions if you dont mind.
A quick search online showed this 'kits' for no less than $1000 then of course the blocks and what not. Is that about average or id imagine buying as a contractor somewhere gets you a good deal. What is required to be done in the winter time with these? Thanks, and I notice your not too far from me.
The colorfalls is made by Atlantic and I haven't priced out a kit since I build my own stuff. I would use the spillway and that's about it. I did recieve a catalog yesterday that has a similar deal in it made by PondBuilder That they call "Formal Falls". To put this kit together with the block your at about $1000 so the kit can be had for a few bucks cheaper as a contractor.
In the winter time you would want to drain the pipe and pull out the pump that's about it,unless you are able to cover it than you can drain the whole thing.
You can buy these wholesale for around 700-800 for 24" weir. That includes the weir, plumbing, basin, and pump. For another 200-400 you can buy the stone ( mine is unilock). Then you need your base stone( what everything sits on), I think I have around a ton of 3/4 processed( 411 limestone around here) compacted just like for a patio or wall. geofabric underneath everything. Took one guy probably 6-7 hours to finish plus maybe an hour for the steel above the light( had to cut and paint it).
As for winterizing we drained it and pulled the light out, but left the pump in. Its under a deck so water filling it shouldn't be a problem. I would have pulled the pump but the power cord runs under the wall stone. How do others handle this? We also glued every stone because of kids messing with it.
Bruce did you use a liner or a basin of some type? Could you have notched a hole in the upper back of the stone and use a piece of pvc for a sleeve for the cord to run through?
we used a basin( came with the kit). In most cases the back wall of the feature usually isnt covered with soil 1/2 way up the stone. I didn't take removing the pump into consideration when building( smack my head!), so everything was done before I thought "hey" I need to remove the pump soon. Nextone will have 1" to 1 1/2" conduit.