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Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #1
Hi all my name is Stu. My project for this summer is to make a raised pond in my garden and help and advice is needed.. I am thinking of using 250x125x3000 sleepers stacked three high on two sides and 250x125x2600 stacked three high at each end. Av aquired a 4 bay filter including a vortex, blagdon air pump, skimmer,UV, sequance pump, inline basket fillter and some other stuff of my friend.
This will be the first pond i have done and i have some questions that some of you mite be able to help me with ??
1>Do i need a concrete base ? or can i just dig a hole ?
2>What is the best way to fix the railway sleepers to the gronud ? and to eachother ?
If you have done a project like this and have some good advise then please pass in on....
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #2
I take it that you will line the pond? otherwise the water will leak through the gaps in the sleepers.

as for joining the sleepers good old brackets will be good enough two bolts per bracket one on the bottom sleeper and bolt on the sleeper above it so 8 bolts per end 4 brackets and 12 per side 6 brackets and you can get 90deg bracjkets for the corners from B&Q and most hardwear shops and the same goes there.

or you could use doweling and drill the sleepers and stack the sleepers over the doweling if you need pics or diagrams PM me and i'll send you some diagrams through e-mail.

Dazzler.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #3
Oh yes forgot abbout the liner !!
Yes will be putting that in as well
Thanks for the info
Stu..
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #4
I would recommend putting a concrete base in, doesn't really need to be very deep so it wont cost much, just use a load of ballast in the mix & put a layer of sand on top of the finished base, or polystyrene. Make sure when you fix the sleepers together you do a really good job, the last thing you want is them moving about, because the water will put a heck of a lot of pressure on them.

Also I am in the process of building my new pond, and it's the first time i've ever purchased a box welded liner (firestone) and I would highly recomend it, possibly the best thing i've ever done.
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #5
I hope that the pics that i sent you are of help, in one of them it shows to set the sleepers like briks (off set to alow for over lap of the width of the next sleeper. and screwed through at regular intervals (id either invest in a powerfil drill or rent one. sleepers can be as hard as concrete if they are realy old.
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #6
Thanks Daz the pics are great. What i want to no is how to make the bottom row of sleepers stay in position ?
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #7
i take it you dont want to cement them in place?
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #8
I wanted to lay them on my grass and but one side up to the edge of my patio
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #9
go to a builders merchant and get yourself some steel steaks drill the sleepers and smack these through and into the ground you might even find some bent ones these are like staples and will secure the sleeper in place in two places at once then you can build up the rest of the sleepers and secure each in turn. you might need to do some extra ground work to enable the earth to take the stress/strain of the sleepers and water.
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Re: Raised Pond made from railway sleepers #10
Steel steaks is a reali good idea, think thats the way i will be doing mine,
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