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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: 105
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.

5/12/19


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.

5/12/19


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...

5/12/19

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#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: 8107
Loc: Lincoln, NE
Sweet! Look well built - ready to withstand many years of fun!
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#505820 - 05/13/19 10:58 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: teehjaeh57]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2728
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Hmmm Nanner! I have an Urnch to do my hauling. Lol

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#506160 - 05/19/19 08:38 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Pat Williamson]
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Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Urnch is the noise my back makes when I try to lift something heavy.

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


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
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.

5/19/19


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

5/19/19


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.

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


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
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.

5/21/19


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#506562 - 05/28/19 10:37 AM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
Loc: Boone County Missouri


Thousands of toadpoles. The first batch of them left the water yesterday morning.
By evening it was impossible to walk near the water without stepping on them.

5/24/19




This red-eared slider turtle was not pleased with me interrupting her privacy while she was laying eggs on the pond bank.

5/24/19




The FHM and GSH are making new ones. There are clouds of minnow fry along the entire pond bank.

5/26/19


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#506719 - 05/31/19 12:02 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
Loc: Boone County Missouri
Got the two dock sections joined yesterday. Still need to install pipe sleeves on the walkway section.
Soon as that's done I'll move it to the deep side and pin it down.

My home-made hinges worked out pretty good. I screwed a couple 2x4s down to the deck to hold things still so I could
line up the holes for the cross-pins.

5/30/19





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#506720 - 05/31/19 12:23 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Custom 68 Offline


Registered: 05/09/14
Posts: 137
Loc: Springfield MO area
That is looking great! The ole "cow pond" is turning out great.
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#506724 - 05/31/19 03:27 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
gehajake Offline


Registered: 12/31/18
Posts: 61
Loc: Central MO
Augie, what are you using for flotation on your dock, Thanks, am thinking about building one myself.
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#506737 - 05/31/19 10:40 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: gehajake]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
Loc: Boone County Missouri
I snagged some used encapsulated polystyrene dock floats on the facebook marketplace back in the spring.
Got five 4x8x1 and one 3x4x1 for $200. They were a bit beat up from spending a number of years on the Osage,
but they're plenty good for my little puddle.

I like the 1' thick floats because they keep the top of the dock close to the water.

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#506745 - 06/01/19 06:31 AM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Dave Davidson1 Offline
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Lunker

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 13875
Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
Quite an accomplishment
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Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

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#506746 - 06/01/19 08:11 AM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Dave Davidson1]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2728
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Looks great- lots of hard work to get that done

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#508076 - Yesterday at 08:34 PM Re: My front yard cow pond [Re: Augie]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 105
Loc: Boone County Missouri
The fishery outfit my local guy works with has been too far behind to get to my piddly order, so I took matters into my
own hands today. Called NEMO to see if they had any RES. "Yes, we do have RES. How many would you like?" So I jumped
in the truck, drove up there, and brought home a sack of them. I expect the fuel I burned getting there and back cost
more than the fish, but that's OK.

They're in the pond now. I'm going to attempt to feed train them while they're in the cage. The hatchery called them
1.5"-3". If I can't get them to take minced shrimp or catfish bellies or something of that sort I'll just turn em loose.
There's 10 million minnow fry and almost that many itty bitty snails in there that they can munch on.

The cage is 2' tall, so I staked it down in about 3' of water on a gravel patch for now. That should keep Mr. Kingfisher out
of them. Soon as I get the last section of walkway done and have the dock pinned down I'll move them over there into
a little bit deeper water.

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