A person in Oakland County, Michigan was considering a waterfall in his backyard and has concerns because a friend said that waterfalls were a lot of work. This friend of a friend had one installed and ended up having it removed because it was a pain to maintain. (Digging deeper into the story I found out that this "friend of a friend" was the original installer of said waterfall). Anyway, this particular waterfall was a disaster waiting to happen from the get-go.... None of it was natural, no knowledge of plumbing, pumps, liner or stone work went into the execution of this project at all. Sometimes we refer to these type of projects as "Ponds Gone Wrong". When the homeowner started the project he a
had all of the best intentions in doing a great job. He gathered up all the materials he thought, in his head, were the right materials for the job, but after a month long process, would find out that he had no clue as to what he was doing. I'm sure his wife wasn't too happy about him spending so much money either.
Here are a few photos..... (Note: The pictures showing the piping work are the result of a landscaper "fixing" the problem)
In steps the landscaper to "fix" the problem..... Ball valves, new piping (still rigid pvc), restriction pipes, backflow preventers, and an auto-fill valve that would keep his waterfall topped off incase of any water loss. Things were going great until the homeowner's trees and shrubs started showing signs of stress. Yes, they were getting water logged from all the leaking that the waterfall was doing. Now his wife was getting upset, because the landscape was her baby and things were dying.
The moral of this story "If You Think Hiring Professional is Expensive..... Wait Until You Hire An Amateur" By no means am I saying that a homeowner can't achieve the desired effects of someone who does this for a living. In fact I've seen some totally awesome DIY projects that blew me away. I was just sharing a story with you..... Thanks for reading.