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  • Any ideas how to fix a small leak in the earthen wall of a small pond. Our local community pond has a leak that is keeping it f

    Any ideas how to fix a small leak in the earthen wall of a small pond. Our local community pond has a leak that is keeping it from being at full pool, we have been told that you can sumberge pieces of sheetrock in the leak area and that can plug the hole as it dissolves???

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    I've heard of folks using bentonite (a type of fine clay) to plug leaks in ponds. Around here bentonite is sold at farm supply stores, so you might check with your local stores or the Department of Natural Resources.

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    • #3
      Never heard of the sheetrock theory but it makes sense. We drained a pond partially and plugged a hole with lime and that is what sheetrock is made out of.

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      • #4
        As far rider said, Bentonite clay is your answer. An additional source for the material would be a well drillers supply company or well driller. Bentonite clay expands incredibly when it gets wet and will force its way into voids. It works.

        If you have ever been on a dirt road in Montana after a shower of rain you have experienced what a little water on bentonite will do!

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        • #5
          We had someone come out to my buddy's farm, and they said to pour dry cement down the hole and mix it slowly with the pond water until the hole is filled up.
          The bentonite, sounds good even though I haven't had any experience with it.

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          • #6
            Bentonite is going to come in three different ways. Chips, pellets and powder. Haven't seen your project so don't know which to recommend. Make sure and ask the dealer.

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            • #7
              Never heard of bentonite, sheetrock will work, so will geese and pigs if you can stand the noise and smell.

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              • #8
                Hadn't heard of the bentonite, but it sounds promising, I fish a small pond w/ a leak, so I might just try it.

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                • #9
                  Agreed with Far Rider answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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