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They were finishing up when I came to work yesterday evening and it rained most of the night and supposed to rain for 2 days! Bring on the water! The the pic was taken from upstairs window of house and the kennel is just out of view on the left,no more driving 20 min each way to pond for swim-by and I have 4 dogs that will be ready soon.
 

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Ken,
That pic was taken before the non dam end was dug out. It is about 5 ft at both ends(supposed to be) but I think the dam end is a little deeper. There is an overflow pipe in the left corner. It is mainly run off but they hit some water at the dam end so hopefully she might stay full all summer. It measures 90 ft long by 40 ft wide. We got rain last night and it had water this morning when I got home fro work. This evening after I left for work we got some good storms that dropped alot of rain so I'm looking forward to seeing it in the am. This pic was taken this morning when I got home from in front of the kennel.
 

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It packs well. They ran a wacky packer(thats what I call it) over the whole bottom after the dam was built. The dam was dug about 8 ft below grade then filled and packed all the way up. It is 10 ft wide at the bottom and 6 ft wide at the top. Should hold water. The small tech pond is next at the front of my property,hopefully have it ready for fall rains. (funds permitting) I'll probably have to sell a couple dogs to pay for that one!
 

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Very nice!!!:)
 

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Compaction is important but most important is the soil. Is the soil impervious, like clay? From the picture it looks like red clay. Good job. Pls send some pictures when it fills up.
 

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Labman63, Would you mind sharing what you spent to build the pond? Many past threads have been posted and forum users always wonder if they would be able to afford to build a pond. Any other details regarding initial planning such as survey or permitting would be helpfull as well.
 

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Tim, One of my clients has access to the equipment so actual price was not what most people would pay. I have about 2k in it. The site is just a runoff gully behind my house. Basically all we had to do was build a dam but I wanted it cut out to be rectangle. It is roughly 90 by 40.
 

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Looks good Dave! Definitely put up pics when full.
 

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I am jealous man. I have no water to train in up here in the mountains of SW VA. The area I live is full of caves and underground streams. Have a small stream next to the pasture I train in that just goes into a hole in the ground and disappears! Have a nice bowl in my front yard but the water goes through our soil so fast that even after a gully-washer it does not hold water. I have permission to use a few farm ponds but the closest is about an hours drive and it is just a round pond. Needless to say my dog doesn't get a lot of water work. Good thing She was 5 when we moved here and I had great technical water where we lived before so she knows what to do but doesn't get much maintenance on water work. When I retire . . . gonna move somewhere they have good old clay hardpan. Then I will build a technical pond.
 

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Almost full, couple more rains like this past week and get some grass growing I'll be in business.
Started with this

Almost full now
 

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I love it Dave! We are still forced to use "other people's water" but that looks like it has lots of potential!
 

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The turbibity (red color) should settle out over time especially when you get some grass to filter the run off. What are the dimensions when full? Cameras distort distances. Congratulations on a great pond.
 

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Wayne, I was a little dissapointed when I came home at the end of they day(i was home when they started) to find the distances are not what i wanted. I wanted it to be 90 x 40 but the guy made the bottom 90 x 40 so the actual ends and sides will be about 115 x 60. I can deal with that but wanted it a little narrower.
 

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Hey man, plant a little milo and japanese millet and call a brother...
 
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