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Video:How to Build a Water Fountain

with Jennifer D'Amore

A great way of adding a calming sound and beautiful feature to a home is to build a water fountain from scratch. See these tips on how to build a water fountain on your own, rather than purchasing one at a store.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Build a Water Fountain

Hi I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com and today I'm going to show you how to build a fountain.

Water Fountain Basics

First, let me explain some fountain basics. A fountain consists of two levels, the higher level from which the falls, the lower level that catches and contains the water, and a pump that sits in the lower container and sends the water back up. A fountain can be made with just about anything, just remember to select the pump that is appropriate for your project based on power and size.

Supplies for Building a Water Fountain

For today's fountain you'll need:
  • two beautiful ceramic pots of different sizes
  • a water pump
  • a terra cotta pot with holes. This should be small enough to fit inside the large ceramic pot, and large enough to house the water pump.
  • Stones
  • Scissors
  • waterproof silicon may also come in handy
  • and water.

Creating the Fountain's Lower Level

The larger ceramic pot will be for the lower level, that also acts as a collecting pool. If the pot has a hole in it, like this one, you'll need to make sure that it is plugged and waterproof, before you start building. Waterproof silicon should form a tight bond, but it will usually need to set overnight.

This bottom pot is also where the pump will sit, so be sure it will fit before you begin.

Creating the Fountain's Top Level

To hold the top pot at the proper height, I'll be using this upside down pot with holes in it. The pump will sit inside this pot, so it's important that there are enough holes for the water to reach it. When your fountain is assembled, you'll also want to make sure that the water level stays higher than these holes. This pot also has a hole in the center that will be perfect for the hose to climb through.

With the bottom sealed and dry, place the pump in the pot and put the upside down pot over it, threading the tube through that hole and through the hole of the top pot.

Adding Stones to the Fountain

Next we'll add some stones to build up the shape and keep the tube in place. This will also give the water a place to cascade down. You can add stones to the bottom, just be sure not to cover the holes.

If everything is in place, it's time to add water!

Tips for Adjusting the Water

If you're fountain flow seems too strong, you can adjust the pump, or just adjust the stones to cover the splashes of water until it streams through them.

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