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  1. @Lunatic I'll PM you his info. You can trailer the logs to him in Stewartsville or he will bring the mill to you for a setup fee and then a per board foot fee for everything he kills.
  2. Was on my way up to Greenwood Lake this weekend when I heard this song for the first time. I've always liked the Turnpike Troubadors but had never heard this song until yesterday: Apparently the Auto 5 also makes an appearance in the song "The Bird Hunters" as well, but the line "Got a couple memories, a picture of the three of us and my Grandfather's Browning" in "The Housefire" was pretty cool.
  3. That's the basic idea-it will end up looking something like this:
  4. Did a little digging this morning. More prying out rocks with a shale bar than digging, but in any event I'm starting to enlarge seepage area. I've got a lot more to do though-I figure in order to develop a good flow I'm probably going to have to expose about 3' of the hillside maybe six feet wide and then dry stack stones (its mostly stone anyway) up against where I cut into the hill. Then I'll build three walls that enclose it and run a pipe out of it at a height where I get a good flow. I'm not sure of the temperature but I would call it "uncomfortably cold!" Hopefully putting it into a pipe and keeping the pipe covered with rock, etc...will keep it colder before it hits the pond. I've been getting bottom temps of around 72°F lately so anything I can do to get that down would be good:
  5. Found the origin of one of the seeps yesterday: Going to dig it back some today and try to increase the flow. From there I'll build a collection box and pipe it down to the pond. There is at least one more coming out of the hillside that I still need to locate. Ideally I'll pipe them together so that I get a nice cascade from the outfall.
  6. That's what I thought also-yes, full bath with a sink, toilet and tub/shower. Well here's the interesting part-the smell seems to have dissapeared. I'm going to give the sink and tub traps a good cleaning and call it a day. I checked the toilet flange and its solidly mounted to the floor, no leaks etc...
  7. I'll check it but it's not loose or leaking.
  8. Can't think of what else it would be-its a second floor bathroom so its not as if we have backup-stuff would be coming out of every drain in the basement/1st floor if that were the case. Also, this bathroom is the one our daughters use so to say that everything (toilet, sink, tub/shower) gets used often would be an understatement. No chance of a dry trap. Googling the problem reveals that a bad smell can be a sign of a clogged vent pipe as a buildup of pressure in the vent stack can force sewer gases through the trap and into the living space.
  9. My wife called to say that our upstairs bathroom reeks. I noticed a little bit of a funky odor myself recently and I'm wondering if the stack vent has a birds' nest, etc...in it. The problem is the roof has a very steep pitch to it and the shingles on that (north) side of the house have a lot of moss on them. It's about 25' from the eaves to the ground so I'm not crazy about the idea of going up there. However, I can access the vent stack from our walk-up attic very easily. I'm thinking of going up there and drilling a 1/2" or so hole in the side of the pipe and running a snake up and out of the top of the vent which should dislodge whatever is in there. When I'm done I'll just use a fernco type of clamp to seal it up. I can't think of any reason why this wouldn't work well since it's not as if the pipe holds water or pressure?
  10. Lots of good info here-going to do some exploratory digging later this week before we leave for Greenwood Lake for the 4th. I think what I have is more of a "seep" than a spring based on these descriptions. The water just seems to appear out of the side of a small down slope headed toward the pond. That said, I've never seen the water stop running, so there should be ample supply: https://extension.psu.edu/spring-development-and-protection
  11. We've never really had an algae problem, which is probably due to the ample shade and the fact that it's spring fed. The shade is a double edged sword though-lots of junk falling into the pond all the time.
  12. I'm definitely going to try to pipe all of the springs into one pipe. I've basically identified three spots where the water seeps out of the hillside and meanders toward the pond. If I can get at the source I'll direct it into black corrugated drainpipe to some kind of junction box or fitting and then run it out to the pond. Hopefully all three combined will make for a nice flow that will help to dissolve more oxygen. As for the wetland benches I kind of have some where you see the bright green grass (not sure what it is) growing directly out of the water on the north and east shores of the pond. It's very shallow and soft in those areas and then it drops off to about 4'. I could definitely plant more in those areas.
  13. We'll see-I'm not wedded to the idea of trout, but I appreciated the fact that the hatchery took the time to explain all of the different options. I'll be perfectly happy if my kids can catch bass and catfish all day long.
  14. Going to see how much I can do without aeration for now. Don't really want to run 100+ yards of electric or airline. As far as moving water I'm thinking about diverting two of the small springs that drain into the pond into one pipe so that they trickle into the pond and aerate it a bit. Stocked 2,000 Fathead Minnows today courtesy of Musky Trout Hatchery in Asbury right on the banks of the mighty Musconetcong. The minnows will forage the muck, leeches and insects, reproduce and establish themselves at the base of the food chain. My little freshwater fisheries biologists will continue to monitor water conditions through the summer so that we can best determine what species to stock in late summer early fall. Since our pond is blessed with shade from the southern sun and an ample supply of groundwater we may be able to sustain trout if our bottom water temperatures don't exceed 70°F through the end of August according to the guys at Musky: Cut down all of the vegetation on the south and east banks today-the long term plan is to put down geotextile fabric and cover it with the same type of rock I used for my firepit project: Still more to do here-I quit weedwhacking when a thunderstorm came rolling through-I took these photos after it passed. The storm was good timing though as it flushed a lot of the crap that fell into the water down the overflow pipe before it could sink and become muck: One thing I'm seriously thinking about is trying to build up the bank on the south side, which is the lowest. I think that the pond has enough groundwater flow that if the bank were raised a foot along with the overflow pipe that I could raise the water level a foot which could help with temperature.
  15. Didn't really do much pond work in 2019 but lately I've been getting down there and pulling crap out of the water. I have an old 16' Sears fiberglass canoe that I use as my work boat, paddling around and pulling out branches, etc... I also cut away a big mess of woody vegetation on the northeast corner of the pond: I plan to mow down the banks from that point, going clockwise around to the southwest corner. Eventually I'll put down geotextile fabric and boulders/small rock to keep the weeds at bay permanently. The rest of the pond where there is heavy vegetation that hangs over the water I'll leave as it should make a good cover/forage area. I've been talking to @Bucksnbows as well as the guys at Musky Trout Hatchery which is not even 10 minutes away and both have been a big help. The guys at Musky have plenty of customers in the area with ponds like mine and are confident that it can sustain decent fish without aeration as it is spring fed and shaded from the south. Tomorrow I'm picking up 2,000 fathead minnows to start the food chain. The fatheads should forage in the muck, eat up the leeches and mosquitoes, etc...and give me a base to build on with bass, bluegill and more. My daughters have really been getting into working on the pond and are very excited about stocking. My oldest is keeping stats, measuring surface and water temperature one a week to see how it fluctuates through the summer and into the fall:
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