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Custom Textured and Colored Waterfall
David Carter of Carter Construction in Robertsdale, AL, submitted this project of a faux-rock waterfall. Carter provides details of how the project was created, including information about a unique technique using tinfoil to create texture.
"This project is a waterfall that is 13 feet long and takes a total of a 6 foot drop from back to front down several stages to pour into a custom pool," says Carter. "For its base, construction shotcrete was used, as well as some sacked Quikcrete. Then I used a waterproof sealer with a crete base to ensure no water loss from the waterfall. To finish the project I used Flex-c-ment and Flex-c-ment color in a custom color scheme per the customer's choice.
"The sides of the waterfall are in resemblance of boulders and the bottom that of riverbed. The topmost stone has a cavernous opening to allow water to flow from it when the pump dedicated to the waterfall is in use. I constructed several stones in the bottom to cut or divert the water flow in random patterns as it falls down each section of fall. There are two hollow stones that can be seen that allow water to flow through them giving a more natural effect when in operation.
"To construct the open stones I used some #3 rebar and ribbed lathe for my frame and coated them with Flex-C-Ment. The entire waterfall is stamped with a custom made texture stamp. I had to improvise for this one with tinfoil as a mat and tinfoil 'stones' I balled up and used to press against my pliable tinfoil mat. The deep patterns were perfect for the boulders. The bottoms are stamped with a floppy slate textured stamp."
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