Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to make a fountain for a Christmas present!

Hand made fountains are so much more beautiful than the factory made fountains that are shipped here from overseas. There are many artisans in the states that make unique fountains using a variety of materials from stone, copper, slate, glass or other natural materials. But for the beginner, all you need to know is the basics of building a fountain, whether it is an indoor or outdoor fountain.

What you will need:

Pick a design ( country, zen, whimsical, art deco)
The reservoir (basin, bowl or bucket to hold the water.
Fountain Pump (size will depend on the height of the fountain)
Tubing (copper or vinyl)
The waterfall or fountain: It may be just the end of the tube covered with rocks or glass. A sculpture or artifact that you can drill a hole so the tubing can be inserted through it. A store bought fountain spray, or tea cups that allow the water to cascade down to the reservior. Different shapes of copper tubing that have small holes drilled into it. These are just some ideas.
Assemble your fountain, keeping in mind that the tubing should be secured to the pump and make sure that the water that comes out at the top of the fountain pours back into the reservior.
Fill your fountain with distilled water and plug in the pump.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What to do with your fountain and pump during the winter.

If you live in an area where the climate is warmer and will not freeze the water in your fountain or pond, you can actually leave your pumps running all winter long. If you live in an area where the climate is cold and the water in the fountain or pond will freeze, you will have to do some preparation. First drain the water out of the fountain or pond. Then remove the pump and store in a dry place for safe keeping through the winter months. When the weather starts to warm up, you can reconnect the pump and fill up with water. Please visit our fountain pumps page for more tips at 

Pond Fountains in the winter

Now that winter weather is fast approaching, it is time to prepare your pond fountain for freezing temperatures. If you live in a cold climate that freezes your pond during the winter, you have two options with your pond fountain. You can remove it for the winter months. After you pull it from the pond, make sure it is dried out and then store it in a gargage or storage shed. If you choose to keep the fountain in the pond during the winter, please refer to the manufacturers instructions on how to operate the fountain during freezing temeratures. Generally, you must keep the pond fountain running 24/7. this keeps the water from freezing in the fountain, and helps to keep the area around the pond fountain unfrozen. Some fountain manufacturers require a de-icer nozzle to be connected to the fountain for proper de-icing. Keeping an area open around the pond fountain is ideal if you have water fowl. For more pond fountain tips please visit our site at