#Thegreatpoolpondconversion - 200119
Yup, some are now calling it “The Pondathon”
The boards we pounded in to the sump last week were not long enough to reach bottom.
We didnt want to spend all day sunday on this and lose a day. And we didnt want to risk wearing ourselves out.
So we added a rare saturday session - about an hour and a half.
Got some new boards and cut them to length.
Then we went to pound them in.
There’s a tremendous amount of friction and density going on here so the first foot goes fast then it’s like 1/4” per slam.
And we had 15 boards.
We moved some rafters and managed to get a better sledgehammer swing.
After 10 boards we were toast so we quit.
There could be anywhere from maybe 30-50 gallons actually down there. We’ve taken out around 15 or so.
Meanwhile, we’ve been pulling out around 5 gallons of water a day.
The ‘water table’ level seems to be dropping just perceptibly…
It should start to drop faster because of where the water is, it was a swimming pool and it’s draining towards the deep end. you can figure it out…
Sunday we finished the last 5 boards. we’ll still have to pound them down further as we start to take sand out of the middle and the water table drops.
We’ll never know if it really would have caved in. We are happy being overly cautious. It’s not costing us much if any time or delay.
If you look at it closely, it looks like, well, a well. That’s what it really is on a smaller scale.
We spent the rest of Sunday backfilling. It looks like (hopefully) just one more day of filling and leveling.
See the iguana in the tree? We think it’s the same one that was on the cactus a few weeks back.
That’s our story.