Setting the Liner
First of all, if you skipped Step 6, and did NOT install a bottom drain, shame on you!  You'll regret it later, so go back now
before it's too late.  If you're bound and determined to stick with a bottom-drain-less pond and are ready to set your liner, you
will at least have to go back to
page 2 of Step 6 to see how to pre-set your liner correctly.  I ain't goin' over all that again jest
'cause you decided to skip a step.
<<<GO BACK TO STEP 6:
INSTALLING A BOTTOM DRAIN
GO TO STEP 8:
SET THE SKIMMER>>>
Step 7:
GO TO STEP 8:
SET THE SKIMMER>>>
<<<GO BACK TO STEP 6:
INSTALLING A BOTTOM DRAIN
For the rest of the class, we are now ready to finish setting our liner.  Start filling the pond again, but this time, cover the
lowest plant shelf with about 2" of water.  From the top of the pond, pull the liner up, pulling out any obvious wrinkles or
where the liner has slipped down.  Try to get the liner as flat as you can on each plant shelf.  There will be folds, there's just no
way around that, but we want to work these folds so that they lay as flat as we can get them and then up the side of the pond
to the next level.  The inside (concave) corners of the pond will have a lot of excess liner that you'll need to make big folds in,
starting at the lowest plant shelf.  Work the liner in these concave areas towards the convex areas of the pond.  Convex areas
are places where the liner is stretched around a protruding plant shelf.  Having the liner stretched around a plant shelf is
unacceptable and will ultimately compromise the integrity of the liner due to the weight of the water.  You want as much liner
around these areas as possible, so work the liner from the corners where it is abundant, towards the protruding plant shelves,
where it is not.
You will notice from the picture at the left that there is a LOT of liner where
the waterfall will be entering the pond.  Eventually, we will lap the waterfall
liner over the pond liner, and there needs to be enough pond liner here to lap
up behind the bottom waterfall rock to a level higher than the waterline at
the back of that rock.  If you don't understand what I'm talking about, never
fear, I'll explain it when we get there.  For now though, just take my word for
it when I tell you that that's why we made sure all of our extra liner went to
that area of the pond.

Depending on the size of your pond, it may take you all day to fill it, but don't
get giddy and fill it all the way up to the top.  We still have to install the
skimmer box, and a full pond will have to be at least partially drained in order
to do that, so stop filling before you reach the top plant shelf.  Give yourself
at least 10" of space to work with above the water line.  The good news is that
while you're waiting for the pond to fill and occasionally messing around with
the liner, you can be multi-tasking and installing the skimmer box.  By the end
of today, your pond will be filled to the top with water and you can sit back
and say "Dang!  That's a lot of water!"
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