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Old 05-05-2010, 10:50 AM
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Excellent work Dino, now your going to need to take up surfing or something to fill up your spare time. Great job!!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:39 AM
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Looking great! I do remember the jigsaw puzzle aspect of trying many different stones to see what fits best. You start naming them after awhile... And yes, all the remaining stones were relegated to the unseen rear of the oven.

Great work Dino and way to persevere.

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Old 05-05-2010, 12:32 PM
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Looks Great Dino,
I can't imagine being "Finished" with the oven. I have done some fairly large scale indoor projects and not one of them is "Finished." But, I have confidence that you will actually finish it. Then what?
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:46 PM
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Wow, Dino, it's too pretty to use!

As soon as this weekend is over (humongous grad party for my oldest) I'm using the SBC to cover my oven and the places I had to repair. Let me know how it is to use....
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:41 PM
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Sorry Elizabeth, I'm the king of slow around here. I probably wont get to the SBC for 2 weeks so I'll be counting on your experience for my success .

Thanks for the nice comments everybody.

It's funny how many of my friends thought the oven was "done" when I had the cement board screwed on. They'll be really impressed when it's totally finished.

You guys make a good point: what to do after the wo-fo. I'll leave the surfing to you Eric. I've got a 40 sq ft koi/lilly pond I want rip out this summer and dig a bigger one, 3-4 times the size. I think with my new found experience of mortaring in stones into impossible places, I could maybe even build a decent waterfall feature. Someone else is doing a pond-liner water feature now...have to look up my subscribed threads. He's doing (same time as oven building) what I'd like to do. I could also sit around and eat pizza all weekend hmmm....

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Old 05-05-2010, 05:48 PM
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Bill (bbell) I forgot how much my ovens turning out like yours (Mike's too). I just checked your pics out again and your oven is beautiful.

I like your door alot. I'm going to make a similar design and screw wood on it too (that matches my eaves). Is that high-heat cloth around the door? Is it there for cushioning as well as sealing? Is it glued on? Hey, thanks again
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:58 PM
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I built a pond at my house in Santa Cruz, Ca. Great project with a biofalls, liner and lots of stones. Can't give you any resources in So Ca, but, once a year, they had a pond tour every year in Santa Cruz where you could see a lot of different ponds all at one time. We had a lot of fun building and landscaping ours. The one piece of advice would be... to get a good liner supplier who can show you how to handle the liner installation. There is no , masonry work with a liner, just dry stack Have fun!!
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We have a 1500 gallon water garden with koi and have been on (and in) the "Parade of Ponds" in Denver several times. It is a great way to get ideas, but here it is usually in the late summer. Ours is the Aquascape method with rocks in the pond, a bio-falls and a skimmer. One of the big arguments against this method (almost a brand of ponds really) is the lack of a "bottom drain". A bottom drain allows you to change some of the pond water (and clean out the koi waste) occasionally. This weekend is "pond clean out weekend"...<sarcasm>very exciting</sarcasm>. A day of heavy labor and nasty muck, and a beautiful pond, plants and koi the rest of the year. But if we had a bottom drain, we would not need to deal with that at all...

Did I mention you should add a bottom drain?



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Old 05-05-2010, 07:03 PM
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Drake - do you put the Koi waste on your veggie garden?

if not - you should!
my father uses his bottom drain () to flood irrigate his veggie garden when cleaning...
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:36 PM
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Very nice build Dino, and very nice Water Gardens. I am a pond builder, and seriously miss having one in my flat yard. I was on tours at my last house, a 2 pond system with a tiny river between them. I have a water feature in mind, just need to finish what is started. Old pics:



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