500 Subscribers

I set a goal in January to reach 500 subscribers on my Youtube Channel, before the end of the year, and with a little traction I reached that today. June 23rd, 2020. Now I’m wondering if I can reach that first 1000 by the new year.

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      1. What size PVC pipe did you use inside the concrete for the 3’ water feature? Can you describe how you connected the pump and ran the wiring for the pump? Love yours!

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  1. 3/4″ pvc. I used some connectors to get the pipe down to 1/2″ and then used one of the fittings that came with the pump. It had several different barb fitting options. As for the wire, I just buried a heavy duty outdoor extension cord and have the connection in a small box where its not easily seen 🙂
    Thanks!

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    1. Travis,
      Thank You for your quick reply.
      So your pump is connected to the concrete right below your plywood base and is submerged in the water underneath correct?
      About how much water is in your liner underneath?
      I’m considering going with something g besides the pond liner to hold water. Sorry for all the questions. I’m a single mom working on her bkyard.

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      1. Yea the pump is about 8 inches below the bottom or the concrete. The plywood base helps balance the concrete but is sitting directly on two cinderblocks that hold most of the weight. The deep part of the liner is about 4’ x 2’ and 1’ deep. But the liner extends about 3 feet in each direction beyond because the water splashes out all sides about 3 feet. If that makes sense.

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  2. Ok so your dimensions on your liner depth may change my thoughts on not using a liner. I didn’t realize your water was so deep. How do you keep the rocks on the surface from going down into your water? I couldn’t tell how wide your plywood was. You must have some way for the water to remain deep enough to then get pumped? Sorry for sounding so helpless. Thank You for your patience

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    1. You’re not helpless. Helpless people dont know what questions to ask. you’re doing great!
      So yea the plywood almost completely covers the deep section to hold the rock up and leave that void open. That deep section can be as big as you want it to be. it just depends on how much digging you want to do vs. how much you’re willing to refill it. Right now I can leave mine running for like 4 days without adding water and its been 100+ degrees here. Evaporation is inevitable.
      I plan on making another one in my front yard. I’ll try and cover installation of the pump and liner a little better in that video because you’re not the only person asking about it 🙂

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  3. I have my form built for the feature. Did you glue your PVC joints together inside of the form before you added your concrete?
    Since water is flowing through it I didn’t know if it was necessary.
    Also, do you have something the pump is in under water or is it just floating in the deepest part Under the structure?
    How did you add the light? Is it in front of the structure embedded in the rock shining on the structure?
    Do I need tubing that is connected to the pump that sucks the water up into the pump?
    Thank You for your help
    I’m going to try to piur the concrete in the next day or so

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    1. Nice!
      I did not glue them together. As long as they don’t come apart while you’re pouring, once the concrete hardens they water won’t escape.
      The pump is just floating in the deepest part under the structure.
      The light is embedded in the rock in front of the structure shining on it.
      Pump is only hooked up on the output. No hookup needed for water input.
      You’re welcome! Maybe when it’s done you can upload a video to share. I wanna see it 🙂
      Tip while pouring it, if you tap the edge or the mold while you’re pouring, the concrete will fill in a little easier and you can get rid of bubbles.

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      1. Awesome
        Will definitely take video. I hope it turns out like yours!
        Thank You for your help.

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  4. Hi Travis!
    I have poured the concrete into the form for the water feature. I was wondering how long you waited til you pulled the forms off?
    I had to do it in my garage due to weather here.
    I don’t want to pull them off too early or too late.
    Could you advise?
    Thank You
    Denise Martin

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    1. Typically concrete takes about 4 weeks to set but that’s with driveways and sidewalks. The water features are small.
      I took the sides off mine after 1 week and at 3 weeks I was able to stand it upright.
      If you wanted to error on the side of caution leaving it alone for 3 weeks is definitely safe.
      Hopefully it turns out!

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    2. Hey Denise, Its looking like there might be a few people making these, I want to feature some in a video. If you finish yours and want to share, upload a video of it to youtube and let me know, and I’ll show it in a video 🙂

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  5. Hi Travis,
    So my hole is dug. Getting ready to cut plywood for bottom of water feature. Not sure how the water from the concrete structure gets back down in hole. Do I drill little holes in plywood? Does plywood completely cover hole?
    Or does the water just seep by the edges of the concrete? The rocks have to be on something

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      1. Ok I was wondering the same thing
        Glad to know
        My forms are off!!!
        Have some voids in the concrete I do not like. First batch I poured was too dry. Next two batches were good I think
        I’m hoping she does alright. Wonder if I should somehow seal it with something. I don’t know.

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      2. Mine chipped a little on the edge and at first I didn’t like it but once i had water running over it it kinda looked cool. Looks sort of industrial. I think if the integrity isn’t compromised you should be fine. If theirs a “good side” you like maybe face that side towards where you’ll see it most?
        You could try sealing it with something but i don’t know.

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  6. So I’m giving the cement a few more days before I set it up. Ready to put liner in. Wondered if you did anything to the electrical cord coming out of the water? Did you encase it in PVC or anything?
    Bury underground once it got out of pond? Did you use GFI outlet to plug into? Kinda worried about shock. Sorry. I’m a worry wart.
    Thank You for all your help.

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    1. So I just had a weatherproof extension cord and it’s buried. Where the pump and extension cord meet I put them in a sort of box in the ground, so I can get to them if I need but they’re dry.
      About shock, if it’s connected to your house and it short circuits it should just pop the breaker. The timer mine is on is also a surge protector so if the line glitches the timer shuts it off. I have had no problems.
      Just gotta remember where you bury it so you don’t punch a shovel through it later. If that worries you then yes you can always run it through PVC pipe/conduit. Or have a legitimate Outlet put in.
      I didn’t feel like hiring an electrician.
      How far is yours from the nearest outlet?

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  7. Mine is running to the garage and will be plugged in there. Probably about 15 feet to the outlet. Thinking of just putting in a GFI.
    MY pump I have is the one you suggested and doesn’t have a very long cord. I’m not sure the connection with the extension cord will be out of the water. Idk
    Yet. I guess I will just have to see

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    1. I just uploaded a follow up video for the water feature with a Q&A, go check it out! I tried to answer a bunch of the questions I’ve been getting and hopefully it helps.

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