Adding a charming water fountain to your yard or garden may sound like an expensive and time-consuming ordeal. But did you know that a fountain installation can fit right in with your other simple home DIY projects?
In fact, with a little help, a complete garden fountain installation may only take an afternoon to finish. Want to know more?
Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to install a water fountain. Trust us, it’s easier than you think. Let’s get started!
Fountain Installation Materials
Before you schedule a time to install your water feature, make sure you have the necessary materials. Here’s a list to get you started:
- Garden spade
- Crushed stone
- Stone dust
- Hand tamper
- The fountain of your choice, including a base, basin, top, rubber plug, and pump
- If you choose, pick up a solar-powered pump for a simpler installation
- A friend to help with the heavy lifting
These materials are all you need for a successful garden fountain installation. If you have a pond in your garden, you can create a pond fountain as well. View here for more information about pond aeration and fountains.
Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step water fountain installation instructions.
Step One: Prepare the Area
To begin your water fountain installation, select the area of your garden where you’d like the feature to be. Use your spade to get rid of any topsoil, replacing it with crushed stone and stone dust.
Use your hand tamper to press the material down. Check it with the level as you go, filling in gaps when needed.
Step Two: Install the Base and Basin
Now it’s time to grab your friend for a helping hand. Load the base for your fountain onto a dolly or cart and wheel it over to the prepared area.
Next, lift the base onto the level ground. Keep safety in mind at all times to avoid back injuries. Once the base is secure and level, place the basin on top of it.
Step Three: Add the Pump and Power
Most water features will come with a pump. But we recommend purchasing a solar pump to save time, money, and electricity.
To install a solar pump, simply place the panel next to the fountain, inserting it into the ground with a stake. Make sure it’s facing south.
Then, connect the panel’s power cord to the pump. Seal it up by inserting the rubber plug into the center hole of the basin.
With the help of your friend, snake the pump hose through the hole in the top of the fountain. Put the top onto the basin. Then, simply fill the basin with water and plug the power cord into the solar panel.
Learning how to install a fountain isn’t as difficult as it seems. With the right materials and the help of a friend, you can set up your very own water feature in no time at all.
Just remember to follow the step-by-step fountain installation instructions above, and to keep safety in mind at all times. And for a money-saving trick, opt for a solar panel to power your fountain.
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