Monday, November 05, 2012

Lights! Camera! Action!

With the garden gradually going to sleep now that November is here, we are making the final push to get the pond finished. With only a short list of tasks to complete before we can add water it feels like we are at long last on the home straight!

As Mark mentioned in this blog we had got the main electrical cable in place and safely buried under the pathway, so now it was time to get the installation of lights and actual power into the filter house itself. We had picked up most of the supplies last weekend and were ready to get things set up. Fortunately a good friend of ours is a qualified electrician so was able to oversee everything and make the final connections. Grub I am sure is well known to a number of our readers in the UK, being another Exotic Gardener and also a Koi keeper. Do check out his Facebook page - Grubs Jungle Hideout.

Grub explaining the finer points of a fuse board.




Its starting to take shape!
Like all the best workers much tea was drunk
This took quite a bit of time in working out where things would go and then getting the cable and sockets set up into the correct places, fortunately by having an expert on hand it all went like clockwork.

Jack, Grubs son checking on progress!





A look of concern as I help!
This feels like another key landmark, as now the filter house is finally complete and ready for setting up the filters and associated pipework.

Success it all works (special tester plug on right hand side)


So we have the Lights, the photos were taken on our Camera and the filter house is ready for Action!!



Gaz

24 comments :

  1. It is exciting to see your pond project so close to completion. I really like Grub's hat! Is this his way of compensating for his rather minimalist natural hair-do?

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    1. Its a great hat isn't it Debs, he has a selection of others too!

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  2. Exciting progress. Love the hat!

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    1. Thanks Anna, and it is a great hat :)

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  3. The inside of your filter house looks like it's ready for people to move in instead of just being a utilitarian space. Awesome job!

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    1. Thanks Gerhard, filters only, not letting anyone move in here!

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  4. What a process this has been.. I think I'll stick to cats and a lotus in a bowl !

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    1. hehe, its been a big job, but i have to say I have really enjoyed the process.

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  5. As happy as I am for you (and I am very happy ) you must by now realize that Grub's hat stole the show. I am now obsessed with it and must have one just like it only with chartreuse spikes.

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    1. You have to hunt down one with chartreuse spikes, I want to see the photos! :)And yes the hat does steal the show!!

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  6. Very nice and great that you are about finished with the project. BTW tell Grub his hat is great.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Thanks Cher, and we will tell him, it seems everyone so far loves the hat!

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  7. I think that all electricians should wear such cool hats! I was also drawn to the gorgeous schefflera delavayi that Grub seems to be petting.
    Hooray for being one step closer to adding water!

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    1. Outlaw, I think we should make it a new rule, electricians must wear cool hats!

      And yes that schefflera delavayi is a stunner!

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  8. You're on the the home straight now...you won't know what to do with yourselves soon!

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    1. I'm sure we will think of something Martin! :)

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  9. Looks like a beautiful methodical job well done. My table lamp needs a new bulb do you think Grub could do that for me or is a bit too technical:-)

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    1. h will need his assistant Don, not sure he can do the electrickery without help!

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  10. Wish I had someone like that near me - my pond electrics are so basic and I don't even have a filter. That's quite a big filter room is there a special reason - are you going to have some Koi in your pond as well?

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    1. Hi Rosie, yes the pond will be dedicated to koi, hence lots of filtration and a large space to house it all. Plus we will probably use it to store some of the paraphernalia that goes with fishkeeping.

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  11. The hat, the hat, the hat! It looks like he does beautiful work, too.

    So happy to see you making progress on the filter house, and looking forward to seeing your system. Happy, happy Koi.

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    1. Hi Hoover Boo, its a great hat, and yer very tidy work as well. Its coming together now!

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  12. I don't remember seeing that name Grubs in previous posts, but that is indeed an eyecatching hat! Congratulations that at last your big project found the light figuratively and literally. We know everything from start, so we are also excited for its completion. More excitement to come!

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    1. Hi Andrea, I'm not sure if he has featured before, its a great hat though isn't it! The next installment will be the filters :)

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