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#505786 - 05/13/19 10:11 AM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Augie Offline

Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 89
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Made some more progress on the pond dock in between rains this weekend.

Son Clint helped me out and his GF Kat supervised. We applied some lessons learned while building the platform section.
The gangway section was small enough that we were able to assemble the frame on my trailer. We pre-cut the floor
joist boards and screwed it all up on the trailer deck, then hauled it out to the pond.


I used Nanner to haul the floats to the pond bank, then picked up the dock frame, set it down on top of the floats,
squared it up and put the deck boards on.


These sections are ready for hardware and carpet. I'm pondering whether or not I should give the deck boards a good
soaking with boiled linseed oil before I put the carpet down. Daughter's doberman must have some lab in the woodpile.
She has decided that she's a retriever...


#505802 - 05/13/19 04:37 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
teehjaeh57 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 8075
Loc: Lincoln, NE
Sweet! Look well built - ready to withstand many years of fun!
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. ~ Henry David Thoreau

#505820 - 05/13/19 10:58 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: teehjaeh57]
Pat Williamson Offline

Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2693
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Hmmm Nanner! I have an Urnch to do my hauling. Lol

#506160 - 05/19/19 08:38 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Pat Williamson]
Augie Offline

Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 89
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Urnch is the noise my back makes when I try to lift something heavy.

#506165 - 05/19/19 09:10 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Augie Offline

Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 89
Loc: Boone County Missouri
After getting sticker shock while shopping around for manufactured dock hardware I decided to build what I needed rather
than buy it already made. I spent $180 on steel and a few hours in my workshop drilling holes, welding and painting.

I had another Lamont moment when I fabbed up the mud pole brackets. I drilled the holes too close to the center of the
mounting plates. Didn't have enough space between the pipe and the fasteners to get a socket on the bolt heads. Had to
run the lags in with an end wrench. Big dummy...

Wife and daughter bought some marsh milkweed at a native plant sale yesterday and stuck those in the dirt on the dam
near the bald cypress tree this afternoon.

Got the corner braces and mud pole brackets bolted to the platform this afternoon.


Also got the corner braces and hinge plates bolted to the gangway.


The FHM that were stocked on the 6th are using the dock floats for spawning. They were not happy when I started moving
the dock around so I could work on it.

I noticed a few dead FHM floating this morning. Mostly big males, but I did find a dozen or so smaller ones along with a few
dead shiners. Unless I see a bunch more I'll chalk it up to stocking/spawning stress.

#506285 - 05/21/19 09:48 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Augie Offline

Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 89
Loc: Boone County Missouri
And just like that, my pond is full. Got a toad-strangler yesterday, and another toad-strangler today.
Now if the wind will just lay down for a bit so I can apply some SoilFloc all will be right with the world.

edit: Checked my notes on water level. Gained just shy of 8" elevation in two days.


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