How do you make a railway sleeper pond?
How to build a raised pond with railway sleepers
- Chose where you want to put the raised pond.
- Lay the railway sleepers on the ground.
- Fasten them together.
- Stack and fix a second layer (if you want the raised pond to be higher)
- Attach Pond liner.
- Fill with water.
- Fill with fish!
How do you anchor sleepers to the ground?
Cut your sleepers to your required length, which could be random for a rustic look. Then mix up some lean mortar, such as 6:1, to be used as a concrete base and haunching. Place at least a 50mm bed of concrete in the bottom of the trench and start inserting the sleepers, haunching them up as you go.
How deep should a raised pond be?
For a standard rectangular pond, I would aim for 1.5m x 2m, and 1m deep (50cm underground & 50cm above ground). Or try an unusual shape! An L-shape is great for a corner space, or an octagonal one will make a great standalone feature.
Can you Fibreglass a sleeper pond?
Do not fiberglass over the sleepers!
Do sleepers need foundations?
The most important thing is that the railway sleepers are laid on a surface that is level and firm. Perfectionists and Engineers will do this on a foundation of concrete, but more mortal people will often simply use gravel or hardcore or sand or even the soil itself if it is solid.
How do you waterproof railway sleepers?
To preserve the sleepers further, we would recommend treating them with an exterior wood oil or decking oil, ideally twice a year in Spring and Autumn. This will help to repel water and prevent water ingress, the main cause of wood rot.
Does a raised pond need an overflow?
Yep, you definitely have to plan ahead for overflowing. The advice I was given was to make a drainage area in a spot where the water running out of the pond will not flood your yard or cause other problems.
How many layers of Fibreglass does a pond need?
Two layers are provided for further protection from water permeation, while the tissue will provide a smoother surface. Catalyst should be mixed with the resin at a rate of 2%. This should be thoroughly mixed.
Can sleepers be laid on soil?
For one, you can simply place your sleepers directly onto soil, allowing the heavy sleepers time to bed in. Simply dig a shallow trench and place your sleepers down onto your newly created gravel or sand-based foundation.