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#3228309 - 07/16/12 07:45 AM Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats?
Hardcase Offline
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Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 115
Loc: Kentucky
Got a couple of guys having problems from muskrats denning in pond dams causing leaks. Has anyone attempted to fix holes using wet sawdust or hay? I know there are clay product that can be bought, but trying to help the guys out.
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#3228545 - 07/16/12 11:56 AM Re: Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats? [Re: Hardcase]
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Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 44
Loc: Dayton, OH
Even the clay is not a sure fire fix. A leaking pond dam often requires excavation equipment to repair. I've never heard of anyone trying to use sawdust or hay to form a water tight seal.
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#3228870 - 07/16/12 04:22 PM Re: Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats? [Re: Hardcase]
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 2316
Loc: SW Pa
The methods you suggest will not resolve the erosion and collapse issues as a result of muskrat tunneling. As stated reconstruction, excavation, sand bags, rip rap rock etc will be the more permanent fixes. No cheap or easy fixes for many of those types of problems.
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#3229175 - 07/16/12 08:09 PM Re: Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats? [Re: Hardcase]
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Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 8
Loc: south east michigan
Draw the pond down and pour cement . Bails of barly straw will help with algae bloom
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#3229759 - 07/17/12 08:35 AM Re: Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats? [Re: Hardcase]
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Registered: 12/22/06
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Loc: pacific NW. WA.
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#3231942 - 07/18/12 04:43 PM Re: Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats? [Re: trapper4hire]
traprjohn Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2409
Loc: Central NC
Originally Posted By: trapper4hire
requires excavation equipment


then chain link fence 6 ft above and below water level
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#3232108 - 07/18/12 06:51 PM Re: Sawdust, hay etc. fixing pond leaks from muskrats? [Re: Hardcase]
Tonymichael Offline
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 2
Loc: northwest florida
Diatamacious earth or D.T.E

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