Soap Suds In The Fountain...

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by powerreel, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
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    I do a few fountains, nothing special just skim the schmeg and toss in some shock every now and then. I have this one fountain that gets dishsoaped once a month - six weeks. I try to keep the area super clean, not even cigarette butts but the bratty kids have @ it now and then. Keeping up on trash flow really helps to reduce vandalism, what do other people do and do others have these crisis also? Any funny stories?
     
  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know if I speak for anyone else, but.......Huh? Schmeg, shock, trash flow?

    You appear to be speaking language that's foreign to me.
     
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you certain that it is dishsoap and not excess protein that is foaming? Please check out the more biologically friendly control systems available, starting with Aquascape. Shocking turns into a vicious cycle because the dead algae is fertilizer for the next crop of algae. I have had a pond for two years and have never shocked it or needed to and the water is clear.
     
  4. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
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    These are high traffic fountains @ commercial banks that take some fire from vandals. Schmeg is little bits of leaves,windblown trash,Fir needles,gum wrappers,cigarette butts,etc. sorta looks like this:
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    looks like that but it floats! as for shock treatment I use that maybe once a month. Stonehenge, sorry if Generation X is rising to power you need to adapt!;)
     
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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    Well, I'm certainly no expert in the field of water features, but am learning. As for adapting to gen-x taking power...there's about 7 dog years between your age and mine...not over the hill just yet.

    Let's talk hardscapes and I'm confident my language will appear unfamiliar to you.

    But I do appreciate the lingo/water feature education - I had a problem with the picture, however - a photopoint window pops up asking me for a login and password when I load this thread.
     
  6. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
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    Hope I didn't offend you that was NOT my objective. Here is the image of what schmeg is, I am confident you know what it is.....
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    The water forum was dormant and I just wanted to liven it up a bit with a trademark offbeat post. I never meant to attack you or make you feel put off. I just got the 128 mg card for my camera so I will post some true photos of Soap Suds In The Fountain soon, teenagers willing! ;)
     
  7. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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    Don't worry - my skin is thicker than that. I just wanted you to know I wasn't as much of an old fart as you might think.

    As I'd said, I'm a novice at the water feature thing, so someone with much more experience appears to be speaking Greek to me.
     
  8. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
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    In a town near me they have a fountain that flows at about a bizillion gpm. One morning I drove by and it looked like someone dumped 10 gallons of dish soap in it. There was bubbles for 30 feet on all sides of the giant fountain.
     
  9. t

    t Guest
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    what is shock?
     
  10. powerreel

    powerreel Banned
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    Bleach...
     

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