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Still losing water

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Niagara Falls, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    This is more frustrating than bringing up children....and girls at that.
  2. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    No it's not! You can walk away from a water problem, but your stuck with your kid's until......

    Although they both make you pull your hair out.:cry:

    I'm glad you finally/hopefully got the sucker under control. 99.9% of the time it is a low edge. At least in my experiences.
  3. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Well, I think I've finally got this thing conquered. Is it possible for the water to use a rock as a wick? I lifted a rock that was half in the water and the water level was just below the edge of the liner, but the area at the outside of the rock was damp, actually quite damp. So I moved the rock and left it all night and the level is still as it was when I last checked at 8:30 last night.

    I will agree with one thing mentioned when I first posted my plans, and that was by Tadpole "Am I correct in assuming that you are planning on doing this installation yourself? I would strongly recommend that you DO NOT attempt a feature of this size without any prior experience. "

    I have now developed much respect for all that are in this business, and thank all who helped me in many areas of this project.
  4. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    Capillary action (Wicking) is possible. The extent of the 'wicking' is dependent on several factors. In this case, it would depend mainly on the type of stone that you used for construction. The greater the porosity of the stone the greater the 'wicking' action. However, based on your description, it sounds like you trimmed the liner too close to the water level. This is asking for trouble. In a heavy rain you will easily get overflow and the resulting erosion, especially in a stream. In most cases, I will leave at least 3-4 inches of liner above the water level. Water will not usually 'wick' this high if you use the proper stone.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010

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