These are the pictures of my stream

I've been meaning to build a small waterfall (more of a catract, really) and stream for some time, and finally got around to it on the 3rd of July 2003.

I bought the liner, hose, and 350 gph pump from Urban Farmer for $130 (yeah, could have gotten it for less on the web, but I prefer talking to people).

I bought 1050 pounds of rocks at Lyngso, and brought them home all at once in my Honda Accord (stressing it somewhat!). I still need to go back and get some gravel so the liner will be completely covered/invisible. The rocks came to another $180. Another $20 for the shovel and extension cord, so about $330 in all.

These pictures are the construction, which I did in a long afternoon. Despite having read up on the process and talked to people, I still got the liner wrong, and so will be redoing it.

The whole yard is about 15 feet wide, and about 30 feet from apartment to the fence. The stream is about 12 feet long, including the terminating sump pond, and the liner was 15 feet by 4 feet.

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A movie

No sound, because I couldn't figure out how to record sound on the powerbook yet, and the camera didn't have sound capability. Here's the short movie, in Quicktime format (no sound). It's about 2MB, so it will take a bit to load.

I mixed the video from the movie above with the sound clip below, and saved it with iMovie as quicktime mpeg4. This movie, is only 500KB, with sound, so if you have a Mac or other player that does mpg4, try this one.

Here's a short sound file (10 seconds). It's small, about 80K.

The Pictures

Standard thing; click on the picture for the larger, higher quality version.
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The basic supplies, showing the yard
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The basic supplies, showing the yard (more detail)
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The corner where the waterfall will be
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The site of the stream
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Where the end pond with pump will be (and gate to street)
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The patio and apartment
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The card before unloading (Lin Creek "pebbles" in bags, larger rocks are San Pedro "pebbles")
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The big rocks, for the waterfall. Sonoma Fieldstone, and Water Washed Boulders. Heaviest rock was about 100 pounds
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The rocks arrayed on the lawn
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Another view of the rocks
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The site with trenching mostly done
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The site with trenching mostly done (more of end pond)
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Site from the gate (with camera cord...)
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Bit closer view of site from gate
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First test placement of liner
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Filling test placement, with pump running to garden
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Test placement with pump running to waterfall
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Another view of waterfall with test placement
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Test placement, showing pump
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Showing the cascade of water down the waterfall
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Rocks in place, looking more like a stream, late in day
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A broader view late in the day
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Shown with the pump running, but temporary placement of hose
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Stream running, water somewhat dirty because of sloppiness on my part (didn't clean up site well enough)
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Closer view of waterfall, still temporary hose placement
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Another view of waterfall
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One last view from the side before the sun left it