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Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

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VIVA Mexico!

My wife Cindy and I just recently returned from a 3 week trip to Mexico City, Puebla and Guadalajara, where I'm currently working with a fabricator to create my fountain designs within the country, specifically for sale to Mexican customers.

And as I stated or implied in a blog last year, Mexicans really seem to appreciate fountains.

Fountains can be found everywhere, in every town and every municipality. Private homes have fountains. You can walk down the bustling corridors of almost any street teeming with human traffic and open almost any door to find a home built around a courtyard with a tranquil fountain, providing instant escape from the hectic activities of daily life.

As I look back on my travels through Europe, I begin to think that maybe it stems from the Spanish culture's love of fountains as fountains are evident throughout Spain; and the entire Mediterranean for that matter.

Though in Mexico it really takes root.

What is it, these people know, that we don't? I would venture to say, a lot.

Though in my observations and in  interacting and communicating and just being around the Mexican people, I find that each one of them seems grounded in Nature. I imagine it's what I find so appealing about the people and their culture...it's just in their DNA.

I really believe that it 's because they're descendants of the Aztec and Mayans and Olmecs and Zapotecs and all the peoples of the land before the Spanish came. It's so ingrained in their being. it's in their soul, so to speak.

And, maybe that's why they're so attracted to fountains. After all, on average, the human body is made up of 65% water...right?  It's only natural, at least  it is, in Mexico.

 

 

How to Build a Wooden Box Pond

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If you're going to have a fountain, then you're going to need a pond.

Modfountain can sell you a fully assembled 4ft.x4ft.x14in. Douglas Fir Box Pond for $675 + shipping.

We also have an 8ft.x8ft.x14" Douglas Fir Box Pond that ships as an unassembled kit for $1275 + shipping.

Though if you'd like to make your own pond, this blog entry should give you all the info you'll need to get started.

 

The easiest way to create a pond, is to choose your outside location, then dig a hole the size you want and line it with a heavy duty plastic pondliner.

In-ground pondliners are also readily available in pre-welded square, rectangular and round configurations. With a little online searching, you'll find all kinds of configurations for in ground pondliners.

At the end of the instructions, I'll list tips and tricks for making the process go more smoothly. I'll also list links to our preferred pond suppliers.

If you'd rather not wait for online deliveries, most big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes should have all the supplies you'll need to construct your pond.

 

The following instructions are for a wooden box pond as seen on this website.

The instructions are for a 4 ft. x 4 ft. pond, the minimum size needed to accommodate a Pierced Arc fountain, though you can use the same principles to create a larger and more custom size.

 

Instructions for a 48” x 48” x 14” Wooden Box Pond

 

Materials

 

(4) 2”x8”x48” - Douglas Fir (or equivalent)

(4) 2”x8”x45” - Douglas Fir (or equivalent)

(4) 4”x4”x12” - Pressure Treated or Cedar Posts

(4) 2”x2”x45” - Douglas Fir (or equivalent) with 45 degree angled cuts on each end

(1) 45”x45”x1/2” - CDX Plywood

(32) 3 1/2”x1/2” Galvanized Hex Head Wood Bolts

(32) 1/2” Galvanized Washers

(2) 1” Computer Power Cord Grommets

(1) 8ft.x8ft. Heavy Duty Pondliner

(1) Box 2 1/2” Deck Screws

 

Tools

 

Electric or Cordless Drill

1/2” wood drill bit

1” hole saw drill

1/8” wood drill bit

Staple Gun with 3/8” staples

Caulking Gun

Clear Silicone Caulk

Heavy Duty Scissors

(3-12) 4” “C” Clamps

 

 

 

Step 1

 

Drill (2) 1/2” holes into each end of the 2”x8”x45” DF (4 total) – 1” in from the end and 1” down from the top and 1” up from the bottom.

 

Step 2

 

Drill (2) 1/2” holes into each end of the 2”x8”x48” DF (4 total) – 3” in from the end and 2” down from the top and 2” up from the bottom.

 

Step 3

 

Lay the 45”x45”x1/2” CDX Plywood on a level surface.

 

Step 4

 

Align (1) 2”x8”x45” DF on the outer edge of CDX Plywood.

 

Step 5

 

Align (1) 2”x8”x48” DF on the outer edge of adjoining CDX Plywood making sure the 2 DF planks line up evenly.

 

(note: the planks align on the outside of the CDX, not on top of the CDX).

 

Step 6

 

Place (1) 4”x4”x12” Post on top of the CDX, in the inside corner of the two DF Planks.

 

Step 7

 

Screw (4) 1/2”x3 1/2” Hex Head Wood Bolts through the pre-drilled holes into the 4”x4” Post.

 

Step 8

 

Repeat Steps 4 – 7 for the remaining two sides.

 

Step 9

 

Stacking the remaining (4) 2'x8' Boards on top of the now square wooden box,

repeat Steps 4-7.

 

Upon completion you'll have a 4 sided square measuring 48”x48”x14”.

 

Step 10

 

Lift your 4 sided square box off the CDX Plywood and place upside down on a level surface.

 

 

Step 11

 

Place the 45”x45”x1/2” CDX Plywood on top of the now upside down square box, resting the 4 corners on top of the 4”x4”x12” post.

 

Step 12

 

Using the 2 1/2” deck screws, screw two screws through the CDX into each corner of the 4”x4”posts.

 

Upon completion, the CDX base will be flush with the bottom surface and not visible from the outside.

 

Now, turn the box back over with the CDX on the ground, it's time to attach the Pondliner.

 

 

Step 13

 

a. Lay the 8'x8' Pondliner evenly on top of the 4'x4' box.

b. Push down on the center of the Pondliner until it touches the bottom of the box.

c. Working from the center out, flatten the pondliner on the entire floor of the box.

d. Working up one wall, flatten the pondliner.

e. At the top center of the wall staple one or two 3/8” staples no lower than 1” from the top.

f. Repeat on the remaining 3 walls.

g. Moving from the center out, continue stapling the pondliner to the top area of the walls,

never stapling below 1” from the top of the wall.

h.When approaching the corners of the box it will be necessary to fold the pondliner to conform with the contours of the 4”x4” corner posts.

I.Continue stapling.

j. Upon completion of pondliner install, trim excess material with scissors.

 

Step 14

 

Pre-drill 6 evenly spaced 1/8” holes in the 2”x2”x45” Douglas Fir Boards making sure the 45 degree angles conform with the corners of the box.

 

Step 15

 

Arrange the 2”x2”'s on top of the 4 corner posts. (you may have to trim the pondliner to accommodate a snug fit, be careful not to allow a gap where water can penetrate).

 

Using silicone caulk, liberally spread caulk on the back of the 2”x2”strips and clamp to the top of the box.

When adjusted perfectly, and the 45 degree angled end align, screw the 2 1/2” deck screws through the pre-drilled holes into the walls of the box.

 

Upon completion, remove the clamps.

 

 

 

Step 16

 

Locate where on the box you want your pump's powercord to exit the box.

I usually locate it about 1” below the 2”x2” strip close to one of the corners.

 

Using a 1” hole saw, drill a hole through the pondliner and the box wall, being careful not to splinter the outside of the wall.

 

Clean saw dust from the hole and apply silicone around and inside the hole, then place one of the 1” computer grommets into the inside of the hole. Repeat on the outside of the hole with the remaining grommet. You may need to clamp the grommets until dry.

 

Step 17

 

The object of the pond of course is to retain water without leaking. To that end check for any gaps. For safety sake, I silicone the entire gap between the 2”x2” board and the wall on the entire box.

 

Congratulations, you've just completed your wooden box pond!

 

Now if you choose you can seal the exterior with a water sealer and/or paint or stain the exterior of your pond. The raw Douglas Fir will eventually weather and turn gray in color.

 

Tips and Tricks

 

  • Before using the plastic pondliner, unfold it and lay it out in the sun or in a warm room. This will help to relax the material and make it more flexible and easier to handle.

 

  • Most lumber stores will happily cut your materials to the exact dimensions needed, which saves time and money.

 

  • Lumber comes with origin source ink markings. Sand them off with heavy duty sandpaper. In fact sanding down all the exterior wood makes for a more finished look, especially when applying stain or paint.

 

  • Be creative when constructing your pond, don't be afraid to substitute material, especially a smaller dimension for the corner posts. Just make sure to adjust screw and bolt lengths to the appropriate size.

 

  • When caulking, use blue masking tape for cleaner lines. You can also use a paintable caulk, as long as it's waterproof

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred Links

 

www.everything-ponds.com is our preferred source for pondliners.

pondliners.com is also a good and reliable source.

homedepot.com and www.lowes.com also sell pondliners as well as all the lumber and hardware you'll need.

 

Modfountain Ponds

 

If you'd prefer to just have us ship you a pond, we provide 2 different size ponds that are shipped directly to your location.

 

4 ft.x4 ft.x14 in. Douglas Fir Pond (specifically for the Pierced Arc Fountains)

ships fully assembled $675 + shipping.

 

And

 

8 ft.x8ft.x14 in. Douglas Fir Pond – ships as an unassembled kit - $1275 + shipping.

 

(Custom sizes can be made upon request)

 

 

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Ocean Home Magazine's MF Photo/Editorial

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We're proud to announce that our photo editorial in the April/May issue of Ocean Home Magazine is out.

I'm pleased to thank Andrew Conway, OHM editor, for his enthusiastic support of Modfountain, Julia Johnson, OHM writer, for the flattering text, Travis Hurst, photographer, for the original image and my brother Ron Bolander, photographer, for his wonderful photo editing skills.

We're really proud of the feature.

 

Check it out at: www.oceanhomemag.com