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How To Install Wall Fountains

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 wall fountain

 Wall Fountain - self contained
photo John Glover

A wall fountain usually consists of a mask, rosette or other ornamental device from which water emerges as a small stream flowing into a basin which contains a built-in pump from which the water is pumped back to the mask, or it may fall into another basin or a series of basins, re-circulating from the bottom to the top. The easiest to install is the self contained unit with the basin and fountain all of a piece. If they are separate, the water line from the basin to the fountain should be hidden in order to look good. The image above shows a wall fountain in which the entire unit is one piece. In this type, you simply place the fountain where you want it, fill with water and plug it in. It is long enough to be able to hide the electric cord in the plantings.

 wall fountain

 The self-contained wall fountain

Generally wall fountains are placed on existing walls. The chief difficulty this presents if the basin is a separate component from the fountain or if it is one piece but is to go on a wall where the electric cord cannot be hidden, is in hiding the plumbing and the electric lines. This is particularly so if access to the back of the wall is not possible or if it is not permissible for lines to be showing in the back. In this case, the only way to effectively hide the works is to go up the middle of the wall. In a brick wall this will mean removing enough bricks to get a tube into the wall from the bottom pool to the outflow. It is best if the tube is made large enough to contain the actual tube which will carry the water. Similarly for the electric cord. Bricks will need to be removed and a tube inserted, through which the electric cord can be pulled. The bricks will need to be cut to a lesser depth before replacing in the wall. If the wall is not of brick but of some other masonry material a section can be cut out with an angle grinder then mortared back over once the lines are in place. This is all both difficult and requires specialized tools not recommended for most homeowners. If you do wish to attempt this, see the article on the small garden project with wall fountain.

 wall fountain with plumbing hidden

 Wall fountain with plumbing built
into the walls

If access to the rear of the wall is possible, then it is simply a matter of drilling two holes through the wall for the water line and two for the electric. Drill first the hole where the mask or rosette is to go. Suspend a plumb line from this to mark where the basin is to go and drill another hole which will be behind the basin. Drop a string through the top hole from the front, down the back of the wall and pull it through the bottom hole. Tie a string to a tube of the proper size and pull it up and through the top hole from the back of the wall to the front. Be sure to leave enough to attach to the outflow device (the mask or whatever). The extra can be cut off later once the right length is determined. Drill holes for the electric large enough to get the plug through. Drop a string from the top to the bottom, pull it through, tie the plug to the top of the string and pull it from the bottom.

 wall fountain with hidden plumbing

 No visible electric cord or plumbing with this
wall fountain

It is important to place the outflow and the basin near enough to one another so that there is not too much splash. Even a fairly small amount of splash-out will drain the bottom basin and eventually burn out the pump. These fountains which are supplied with pumps normally have a flow adjustment on the pump. To get the proper volume and rate of discharge simply adjust the outflow on the pump.

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