Do It Yourself: How To Make Your Own Waterfall Garden Fountain

Tips on an easy back yard project. Save money with this diy water fall. Information on what products to purchase and instructions for completing the job.

Water fountains and ponds have become very popular. The sound of the falling water is very relaxing. When thinking about undertaking such a project there are many thing to consider. The first thing you need to do is decide on a style, location and purpose for your water feature. Gather as much information for the particular style that you want. The style and size will also be a consideration in cost. No matter the style and size, if you do it yourself the savings will be considerable.

A fountain may spill into another small container or it may spill into a medium or very large pond with fish and plants. Even a small fountain can be a beautiful focal point in your garden. If you have a limited space and want to build fountain, I suggest a trip to your garden center and look for a fountain statue, if you like that type, or look for two or three containers that you can stack in a staged fashion, one is on the bottom and the other two will be tilted to spill water in to the ones below.

I have always liked the half barrels that I see at the home centers. These would be ideal for a backyard fountain. I want to use an old full size hand pump as the spout. This pump is quite heavy so I will need to build a support pedestal. I will then bolt the pump to the pedestal. The water tube will run from the hand pump under the pedestal in a small trench to the barrel in the ground. If you would like to build this type of fountain purchase two half-barrels, a large 185 gallons-per-hour pump and Line the barrels with durable, 40-millimeter-thick rubber liner. Make sure the water tube is long enough to thread through your pump.



Decide on a location for your fountain. Clear the area making very sure it is level. Dig a hole the diameter of barrel and about twenty-inches deep. Lay a couple of inches of sand on the bottom of the hole to cushion the barrel. Drill a hole in the barrel about one inch from the top. Set the barrel in the ground with the hole toward the back where the pump will be. Make sure when you set the barrel in the hole that it is perfectly level. Fill sand around the barrel and check it with a level.

Place the top barrel on the edge of the bottom barrel about an eight-inch over hang. Take note of where the back of the barrel will extend, because this is where the hand pump will be anchored. Dig four post-holes six inches deep and a foot apart then set eight-inch posts. Cut a 12 by 12 piece of plywood then drill a hole for tubing in the middle. This will be the pump pedestal. Do not nail this board yet.

Tread the tubing through the water pump and through the hole in the plywood. Make a trench to the back of the pool barrel. If you have a piece of PVC for the water tube then it would be protected in the trench. The water tube will go through the hole in the back of the barrel. Now you can nail the pedestal to the posts.

Cut a notch in the upper barrel at the top about three inches wide. Lay the piece you just cut flat in the opening and nail it in place. This will direct the water out of the top barrel.

Place the upper barrel in place resting on the rim of the lower one. Build up a small mound of dirt underneath it to make it level. Spread out some more sand to cushion the upper barrel, continue to spread the sand over the pedestal as well. Part of the top barrel will rest on the dirt.

Insert the barrel liners. Pleat the liner as needed and staple it to the inside of the barrel near the top. Cut off any excess so it won't show. Install the water pump and attach the tube from the hand pump. Most building codes require that fountain pumps be attached to a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Fill the bottom barrel with water and try out the fountain. Enhance the beauty of your fountain with plants. You should keep the fountain running so that it will not become stagnant.

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