How To Make Fountain

Introduction

Use any large pot. Terra-cotta is particularly handsome. If the container does not have a drainage hole in the bottom, drill one (using a masonry bit) or drape the pump’s electrical cord over the rim. Disguise the cord by guiding a few stems of one of the surrounding plants along the rim. Set the freestanding fountain in a garden bed or border that has an electrical outlet nearby; using an extension cord is not recommended. If you think you will have a problem with mosquitoes, add a few small goldfish, which will eat the larvae. The number of fish you can use — probably not more than two or three — will depend on the diameter and depth of the container.

What You Need:
Container, 24 inches across or larger
Pump and fountain
Premixed quick-dry cement
Liquid water sealant
Bricks
Outlet with ground fault circuit interrupter
Zones: 3-11 Time: About 1 day

Details About the Pipe Fittings:

These are the specific parts we purchased to build the fountain, although similar parts from other manufacturers also will work. To make the fountain bubble gently, use only parts 1 and 2. For a bigger jet of water, use all three parts.

1. Anderson Barrows part #A294, 3/8 x 3/8 inch. This is the i.d. barb to MIP adapter that goes through the hole in the terra cotta saucer. The tubing attaches to the bottom of this part, leading to the pump.

2. Anderson Barrows part #P44, 3/8 x 1/8 inch. This is a brass pipe reducer, which screws onto the adapter in the top of the saucer.

3. Anderson Barrows part #U242, 1/4 x 1/8 inch. This is the flare, also known as tubing to male pipe half union.

The Project
Instructions:

1. Put on safety glasses. Drill a hole through the center of the terra-cotta saucer.

2. Using a masonry drill, bore four to six holes 1 inch from the rim of the azalea pot for aeration. Using a file, notch azalea pot for an electrical cord to fit through.

3. Using silicone glue, secure plastic saucer into large tapered bowl (to plug hole).

4. Install brass pipe fittings (male input with barb, reducer, and flare — which adjusts the height of the water spray) with 3/8-inch vinyl tubing through the bottom of the terra-cotta saucer.

5. To assemble fountain: Place pump in base; attach vinyl tubing to pump; and thread vinyl tubing through the hole in the bottom of the azalea pot, lining up the notch with the cord. Snake vinyl tubing through the strawberry jar and set on top of upside-down azalea pot. Attach vinyl tubing to the end of the pipe fittings,and rest terra-cotta saucer on top of the strawberry jar.

6. Place fountain near electrical source. Add pebbles and aquatic plants as desired. Be sure to purchase plants that thrive with their roots in water. Add stones to secure the roots.

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