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My soil is clay.  That being said, I carved out a square 2'x2'x1' for this BB.  I added water to the hole and marked with a stick.  The ground was a bit saturated so I believe that affected my results.  It took 15 hours to drain.  I let the hole dry out for the rest of the day and tamped it down this morning and added another 5 gallons.  Last pic is the measuring stick after an hour and a quarter.
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Note: Sorry, the water in the pre-compacted hole has to drain away in under 60 minutes.  And you normally need to tamp the whole hole, not just the bottom.  Perhaps you know somewhere that is a bit sandier to try this again?

 
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I get it.  I'll try again in my landscaping...much organic matter and a cutesy pond will look good there.  Thanks!
 
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Here is my submission for the Earthworks - Sand - Seal a Tiny Pond BB.

Make a hole in the ground that is 2 feet in diameter and at least a foot deep.
  - Pour in 5 gallons of water and prove that the water is gone in less than 60 minutes
  - Compact the soil (probably with different kinds of digging bars, or a piece of rebar stabbed into the hole a hundred times)
  - Repeat the 5 gallon test with water remaining for at least an hour

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
Attachment 1- show the new hole
Attachment 2 - show how long it took to drain 5 gallons
Attachment 3 - show the compaction process
Attachment 4 - show the new 5 gallons going in
Attachment 5 - show a toothpick marking the water line once the water is in
Attachment 6 - show another toothpick marking the waterline five minutes later *** This requirement seems to have been added at some point so I'm not sure if it's actually required
Attachment 7 - show that the water level has not dropped more than a half-inch in an hour

The hole is at least 2 ft wide and is deeper than 1 ft. I used rebar, a tamper, my feet, and wild clay that I sourced from my property to seal the pond.

I look forward to seeing all the ways that this pond will create edge in my landscape and plan to make a larger pond.
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