Water Feature Forums - Oh My!

Apr 25 08:05 2011 Doug Hoover Print This Article

I have decided to join a waterfall and pond related forum and start sharing my somewhat biased views and experience with pond liners. What a hoot! I'm learning a lot and fast about the nature of on-line forums. I can only speak of my experience with forums related to the water garden or water feature industry.

Lately I have discovered that sharing my bias towards pond liners with a forum full of pond liner installers is something like trying to pass out Bibles at a porn convention! Here are some startling statistics that could explain why:

  1. More than 37% of all waterfalls have serious structural damage within 3 years of it being built.
  2. 57% of homeowners say they're rather unsatisfied with the way their waterfall came out - after the project was completed.
  3. Nearly 1 in 3 waterfalls and ponds are leaking water within 9 months of completion.
  4. 27% of all outdoor waterfalls and ponds have pumps that are either too strong or too weak - causing unnecessary expenditures down the road.
  5. 63% of 'do It yourselfers' said they wish they had the proper information from the 'get go' or they wished they would have hired someone! 
These statistics are from the pond liner industry itself (Bob Wilder,Guest Posting 48-Hour Waterfall). I can confirm and attest to these figures myself. I have built over 2,000 concrete and rebar waterfalls and ponds over the past 30 years. I have ripped out and replaced dozens of defective liner ponds and replaced them with concrete ones with lifetime warranties. Pond liner guys will not attach more than a one-year warranty. They make no guarantee against rats, mice, ground squirrels, gophers, tree roots and sharp objects. They know the truth, they just don't share it. Some guy on the forum was questioning the need to fill up the catch basin of a pondless waterfall with loose rock and gravel, thus covering up the sump pump. I thought this was a good question, because I wondered the same thing myself.Water from a pondless waterfall is captured in a basin at its base. With a liner pond, they teach that after placing the pump in the bottom, you then fill it up with loose gravel. I'm thinking that would create three problems: If you have to service or clean the garbage off the intake of the sump pump, you would first need to pull out all the stinky, slimy, poopy-laden rock. The basin would not hold much water if the rock takes up most of the space. When you turn on the waterfall, most of the water is sucked from the catch basin before the water can cascade back to the basin.There would be no room to install an auto-fill system, which means you would need to fill the basin area often with a garden hose to prevent the pump from running dry. So I decided to be a nice guy and post my article, "Pondless Waterfalls: Concrete vs. Liners," on the forum. This was a really bad idea - much like trying to untangle a nest full of rattle snakes.Before I could post answers to several questions that were posed by a sincerely curious forum member, I was locked out of the website. By guess who? The administrator of the site, who was also the owner of the site, the webmaster, and the very guy who made the original inquiry about pondless waterfall construction!According to him, several forum members complained to him that I was a spammer trying to sell my waterfall system. What? I don't sell concrete and rebar. Nor do I sell high-efficiency centrifugal pumps, or Thoroseal, or galvanized grating to place over the basins, or anti-vortex drains, or rock! So what did he mean by saying I was trying to sell my system? Well I soon figured it out, and it turns out that they probably meant I was trying to malign their system, not sell mine. I did a little research, and guess what? Mr. Administrator and Mr. Domain Owner was also a pond liner installer. End of mystery!Read my Pondless Waterfall article and you will get "the rest of the story." Happy koi, peace and joy.

Source: Free Guest Posting Articles from ArticlesFactory.com

  Article "tagged" as:

About Article Author

Doug Hoover
Doug Hoover

Douglas C. Hoover, CEO of Aquamedia Corp, Master Waterfall Builder, architect, engineer, freelance writer, author, designer & builder of over 2,000 waterfall and ponds in CA (30 years). Author of “Waterfall and Pond Construction Manual,” was $49.00 in bookstores, and for a limited time only $14.95 available as a downloadable e-book. Also "The Ultimate Training Course" has been reduced from $149 to only $39.95. Invented the AquaFill electronic water level control system for ponds, pools, fountains & spas. 

View More Articles