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- beautifully shot... your own dream swimming pond could become a reality Review by Henry Dowell
David jumps in the deep end (!), giving us his step-by-step guide to building not one but two home swimming ponds, never shy of highlighting his own early errors with a refreshing good humour. We are shown the entire landscaping process from marking out the ground, excavation and laying foundations through to constructing the blockwork, choosing the pond-liner (£2k, 0.5 ton - ouch!) and sculpting the marginal areas ready for planting. The presentation is clear and David gives some excellent demonstrations of particular techniques, a useful display of the bunyip level in action, and an ingenious sandbag-filling device.
David's swimming water retains its heat with the aid of reclaimed foam insulation, and the filtration system is cleverly constructed using a plastic drum and some washing machine innards. We are even shown that in theory it would be possible to power a simple water pump using a solar PV outfit, though the water cleansing properties of the aquatic plants and a bit of pipe seem to also suffice to circulate crystal clear water into our pool.
There is some beautifully shot underwater footage of aquatic plants at work, but i personally would have liked more detail on the planting, as well perhaps as some visits to more established swimming ponds to let the imagination really run wild. David makes no secret of the fact that a DIY swimming pond project is a lot of hard work for all the family; nevertheless this guide certainly is an inspiration that with commitment and a modest budget your own dream swimming pond could become a reality. (Posted on 12/01/2011)
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