A water feature in your yard, perched on your patio or nestled in the corner of a bedroom, can offer numerous benefits. Outside, the flowing waters of a small fountain can bring flitting friends, from butterflies to hummingbirds, to your outdoor area, as well as create soothing sounds that can cover traffic and other city noises that can rattle a relaxing afternoon. Making a magical floating-faucet water fountain is a simple do-it-yourself project that shouldn't take more than an afternoon to pull together and enjoy by the time the sun sets on a lovely evening.
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A submersible pump is easy to install and is the base of your building. The larger the pump, the larger the container it will need. A small pump needs at least 50 gallons of water and is plenty for a simple fountain. The higher you go in gallons per hour (GPH), the more water your fountain will need to hold. If your pump runs dry from lack of water after just a few hours, you need a bigger container. Submersible pumps are ideal because they are quiet, making the calming sound of the water the main attraction.
Tools and Pieces
Start with a foundation that is big enough to hold a large amount of water to completely cover your pump without the risk of it running dry while in daily use. Preformed pieces, such as a small pond shell from a nursery or home improvement store, a mid-size ceramic pot, galvanized tub or other sturdy pot, are ideal containers. Wire mesh, a drill, rigid plastic tubing and a hose faucet of your liking finishes the project.
Assembling the Fountain
The plastic tubing needs 1/8-inch holes drilled equal distance apart. Cut wire mesh to cover the tubing as a sort of filter. Make sure the holes are clear of the wire mesh. The silicone end of the plastic tubing should be glued into the spout end of the faucet with waterproof adhesive. Once dry, fit the opposite end of the tubing over the spout of the submersible fountain pump. Use waterproof tape to secure the tubing to the spout. Place the pump into your container and fill it with water. Once your pump is completely submerged, start the fountain. The water should shoot up the plastic tube and through the faucet. The tape keeps the water from flowing through the faucet while the holes allow the water to drip back down the outside of the tubing.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.