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#502993 - 03/12/19 07:55 AM Re: New Pond Project [Re: MWB]
gehajake Offline


Registered: 12/31/18
Posts: 16
Loc: MO
That is accurate, I have done some small projects for them but pretty much withdrew from their list for larger ponds and projects, dont have the proper equipment for moving large amounts of dirt over long distances, really need scrapers for that, usually not able to get competitive on the prices of somebody with scrapers, they can move dirt so much more efficiently.

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#503054 - 03/13/19 01:39 PM Re: New Pond Project [Re: MWB]
SetterGuy Offline


Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
Originally Posted By: MWB


Thanks for the Welcome Jeff. I see you are about an hour east of my property. I read your pond build with great interest since yours is kind of close to what I am doing. Hopefully yours is not leaking to much and keeping up with the rain. Where did you find your pond builder? Was he local to your area? Nice looking pond by the way!!

Thanks

Bill


Bill, my situation was sort of tricky. I have a neighbor that owns a big dozer. Heís built ponds all over Ralls Co, and even helped build Mark Twain Lake. Iím well aware that a good dozer operator does not equal a good pond builder. But for peace in the neighborhood and being one of only two absentee landowners around, I went with him. He had help from two brothers that also build ponds as a side line, but also sell timber. They cut all the trees, and arranged for the timber to be sold. Thatís another can of worms. I was there almost every day, and I think I came out alright. Our share of the timber sales was $6,000 I think, which went a long way towards construction costs. I donít think my leak is too bad. 1/4Ē a day, and evaporation is probably most of that. The agent from the USDA/Missouri Conservation office helped pick the spot, test the clay, measure the runoff, and make recommendations on emergency spillway pipe. Part of my leak may be coming from around the pipe, I am not sure. If we can stay out of a drought Iíll be fine. Like I said, I almost stopped the build. One of the pond building brothers told me, if it was his pond, heíd stop. We were too far along, and there wasnít a good second choice, so I elected to finish. Really glad we did. Just wish I could spend more time there. Retiring in August, so getting a little more time for the pond should be doable.
Post some pics of your place and project. Looking forward to watching it happen.
Jeff
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#503074 - 03/13/19 05:09 PM Re: New Pond Project [Re: SetterGuy]
MWB Offline


Registered: 03/10/19
Posts: 16
Loc: North Carolina USA
Originally Posted By: SetterGuy
Originally Posted By: MWB


Thanks for the Welcome Jeff. I see you are about an hour east of my property. I read your pond build with great interest since yours is kind of close to what I am doing. Hopefully yours is not leaking to much and keeping up with the rain. Where did you find your pond builder? Was he local to your area? Nice looking pond by the way!!

Thanks

Bill


Bill, my situation was sort of tricky. I have a neighbor that owns a big dozer. Heís built ponds all over Ralls Co, and even helped build Mark Twain Lake. Iím well aware that a good dozer operator does not equal a good pond builder. But for peace in the neighborhood and being one of only two absentee landowners around, I went with him. He had help from two brothers that also build ponds as a side line, but also sell timber. They cut all the trees, and arranged for the timber to be sold. Thatís another can of worms. I was there almost every day, and I think I came out alright. Our share of the timber sales was $6,000 I think, which went a long way towards construction costs. I donít think my leak is too bad. 1/4Ē a day, and evaporation is probably most of that. The agent from the USDA/Missouri Conservation office helped pick the spot, test the clay, measure the runoff, and make recommendations on emergency spillway pipe. Part of my leak may be coming from around the pipe, I am not sure. If we can stay out of a drought Iíll be fine. Like I said, I almost stopped the build. One of the pond building brothers told me, if it was his pond, heíd stop. We were too far along, and there wasnít a good second choice, so I elected to finish. Really glad we did. Just wish I could spend more time there. Retiring in August, so getting a little more time for the pond should be doable.
Post some pics of your place and project. Looking forward to watching it happen.
Jeff


Jeff, yeah I wondered if my Timber is worth anything. I hate to just bulldoze it up and burn it. Not sure its worth trying to find someone or not. Something is better than nothing if its going up in smoke!!


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#503077 - 03/13/19 05:41 PM Re: New Pond Project [Re: MWB]
SetterGuy Offline


Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
Canít hurt to find out. Prices were up when I built 4.5 years ago. I doubt theyíve come down.
_________________________
4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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