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Hi there. I have just moved to a house with decking and a small triangular water feature made of decking. The pump is not working so I think I may drain it and fill and use as a herb garden. I have tried filling buckets and have carry them a long way to empty. It just fills up again with all the rain we have had recently.

Is there any way I can empty this quicker and easier?? thanks

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    But if it is made out of wood, why not simply drill a hole in the side at the bottom?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,816

    Hello moragb1. It does sound rather as if your water feature has a liner in it - hence the perpetual refilling. A pump is the ideal way to empty a pond quickly. I am curious as to why you have to carry the buckets a long way to empty them???

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • moragb1moragb1 Posts: 291

    Thanks for the reply Ladybird4. Yes it has a liner. Could you recommend a pump?? There is no-where to get rid of the water as the area is decked, I have to carry about 50 feet to the drain in the street. Maybe another way but don't think so. I have already removed about 20 buckets and next time it's full again ha ha  Would I be able to just throw the water on plants?? would this dirty pond water damage them?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,816

    Well moragb1, Its a shame the pond pump isn't working as using that, by simply detaching it from the filter and placing the open end outside of the pond instead, the water can be pumped away.

    Yes, you can put the pond water on your plants without doing any damage - as long as you pour gently image

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    If it has a liner in it, just puncture the liner using a garden fork and it will drain away over time. I am guessing that it is not all that big?

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,555

    I'm with hogweed. Make a hole in it and leave it to its own devices.

    Devon.
  • moragb1moragb1 Posts: 291

    Thanks everyone I will try to drill a hole then but worried the water will make the decking even slippier but would be the simplest way. Appreciate all the responses 

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    Should not affect the decking at all. The top of the pool is presumably level with the decking? Even if the pool has been built on the decking the water will find its way down between the decking boards. You won't need a drill - a sharp lunge with a garden fork will do the trick if it is a plastic/butyl liner. If it is a preformed pool and built on top of the decking, the quickest way would be to disassemble the surround and then just tip the pool over. Or if level with the decking and preformed - the only way is with a drill as you say. Biggest drill bit you can find and do about at least half a dozen holes at the bottom. Bear in mind a drill is electric so the pond would have to be pretty empty before drilling!!!!!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • moragb1moragb1 Posts: 291

    Thanks so much Hogweed -will update next week. thanks everyone

  • hogweed says:

    Bear in mind a drill is electric so the pond would have to be pretty empty before drilling!!!!!

    See original post

     No, all drills are not electric. Something everyone with a garden or house should have is a drill similar to these: 

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Drill004cropped.jpg/450px-Drill004cropped.jpg

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Bit_and_brace.JPG/330px-Bit_and_brace.JPG

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