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How to price a pond

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by ajslands, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Where do you attach the bottom drain too, (where does the pipe go)
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  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    Like I said I dont build ponds BUT dont take this the wrong way, You are in way over your head. Go to a "build a pond day" get some dvd's, books...then come back here and ask questions you still may have. You try and build a pond with you very limited knowledge your going to end up with a very unhappy customer or maybe a law suite
  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    This is on-target advice. You evidently have the desire, so the learning should come fairly easily. Get some knowledge and experience under your belt before you tackle any project for a customer. Build a pond in your own yard first and be really self-critical of your work. Strive for nothing less than perfection.
  4. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    My parents won't let me build a pond :crying:

    oh btw i think I'm still gonna do this job, I'll just have someone with me that knows what their doing, just so I don't have an unhappy customer. I got a book the other day caled waterfalls, streams and ponds, (made by ortho) and it was very knoledgeable.

    so since I read that, I have one question, would you guys reccomend a uv clarrifier?
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  5. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    ortho books reliable? maybe for someone who doent know chit. Maybe sub it out and apprentice the crew to see how its done. Have the other company price it and add a little on top foryou and then get paid to learn.
  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    UV Clarifier? You need to clarify your thought processes. You have asked for and received very solid advice from those that have 'Been there-Done that' but, you are choosing to ignore it. You need to temper your enthusiasm with a little wisdom offered from others.
  7. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    I'll just have someone with me that knows what their doing,

    I don't see how I'm ignoring this but w/e.

    thanks for all the tips you guys.

    I read that in that book I just got, it said that it helped to keep the alage out!
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  8. dclark2037

    dclark2037 LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 24

    How is the pond build going?
  9. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Like most projects, this one has expanded. From $10,500 it has grown to about $18,000.
    I have used 5 loads of basalt boulders, and 5 truck loads of topsoil. I am building the pump house to look like a japanese teahouse. The pond is block with pool plaster. Bogs at one end of the pond (but isolated from the pond with its own water supply) grow cattails and other aquatic plants. Large Atlas cedars grace a large planting bed to one side. A flagstone walkway looks like it leads into a forest but it just goes a little ways to the irrigation controls.
    It is progressing nicely. We've been working on it for one week now. It should be finished in one more week. I only work on it for 3 days a week so it might take a couple of part weeks. The devil is in the details. I do have pictures and will post some later.
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    i didn't do much! All I did was put the liner in fill it up and build a waterfall. Homeowner had some carpenter dig the hole
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