An amazing range of fountain types, sizes, styles and materials make it easy to find the best fountain for virtually any location inside a home, on porches, patios, balconies, decks and outdoor gardens. Along with diversity, come different space and installation requirements. It pays to plan ahead before choosing an ready-made or custom fountain. Here are some how to install a water fountain preplanning factors to consider:
Purchase books on fountains or search over the net and study the myriad of choices.
Measure the space where the water fountain will be located. Diagram it several times on sheets of graph paper and experiment with placing different types and size fountains on the grid.
Establish a budget for the fountain purchase and additional installation expenses.
For outdoor fountains, study the terrain to determine whether an in ground or above ground fountain is best.
If installing a garden pond fountain, consider the pros and cons of adding plants and fish. Learn about sunlight requirements and consider seasonal temperature changes.
Give some thought to how to ensure the safety of children and pets around the fountain.
Research different options for powering the fountain. Will you need outdoor electrical outlet or an interior outlet at eye-level for a wall mounted fountain? Is there adequate sunlight for a solar-powered fountain?
Before digging, check the location of phone, cable, electric and gas utility lines.
Above or Below Ground?
Among the many decisions when choosing the best backyard water fountain is deciding whether to install a ground level ground garden pond fountain, an above-pond fountain or a ready-made garden fountain. Both of in-ground pond fountain and above ground pond fountains require do-it-yourself or hire-it-done expertise and labor.
Kansas City Fountain Group Design will assist you in decision making; whether to dig or not to dig; that is the question. Ground level fountain ponds obviously require digging and moving soil. The larger the garden pond the greater the labor. Once the digging is done, the pond must be lined. Measure, cut and line the in ground pond with flexible lining or save time and effort with a preformed rigid garden pond liner. Edging and landscaping the outside rim, determining fountain pump/filter requirements, adding lighting and filling the garden pond with water are finishing steps.
Above ground pond fountains work best in locations where digging is not possible or difficult. Sides of the above ground fountain are usually made from brick, tile, stones or pressure-treated wood. Otherwise, lining labor steps are similar.
Ready-made or preformed fountains take most of the work out of owning a fountain. Location is still a consideration in installing a ready-made fountain. However, free-standing outdoor fountains, tabletop outdoor fountains, outdoor statuary fountains and wall mounted outdoor fountains offer plenty of choices for virtually any location and manufactured water fountains come with easy to follow “how to install a fountain” instructions.
When building a round fountain, you'll want to locate placement of the fountain's central feature. If you're wondering what the best way to do this is, we have one idea that'll ease your dilemma.
Once you've dug your pit and laid out the pond liner, tie string to stakes at the perimeter of your pit. You should have two strings running perpendicular to each other. The result would be that your pit would be divided into four equal pies. The intersection in the middle would be the center point of your fountain.
You can mark the center without damaging your pond lines. Simply attach a PVC pipe to a small piece of wood and you have your center point at the base of the pit.
Fountain Installation Kansas City, may be as simple as unpacking, adding water and plugging the water fountain to a power supply or letting Mother Nature provide solar power. Other water fountains, require wall support, landscape expertise, plumbing or electrical service. Shop with an online water fountain retailer that specializes in all types of water fountains, custom fountains and water fountain accessories and parts. Contact customer service. Ask lots of questions and rely on their recommendations to help choose the best fountain for your needs and preferences.
Know your limits. If you are a garden enthusiast with an eye for layout and logistics, determining the best location and preparing it for a fountain is a breeze. If in doubt, about location feasibility or landscape aesthetics, rely on guidance from a horticulturist or landscape architect. If you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you can probably handle installation on most fountains by following the manufacturer's detailed how to install a fountain instructions. Preformed fountains that only require filling with water, monitoring water level and adding water to offset evaporation require no plumbing experience. However, if a dedicated water source is required or pipes behind a wall are required for a wall patio fountain, call a plumber.
And, if a nearby power source is not available and you have no electrical know-how, a licensed electrician is a must. Please be reminded that mistakes can be costly and dangerous. Installation of an electric line from a central power source must be done safely within local electrical codes and restrictions. Some city and county codes require a not only a permit, but that work is done only by a certified electrician with a follow-up inspection.
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