Floor fountains can make a beautiful addition to any home. They will also prove to be a great way to improve your office space or business premises. Nonetheless, while indoor waterfalls and tabletop fountains are great, creating a warm, calming atmosphere for you and your friends or clients, there is nowhere that they look better than in the garden area. This article will guide you through their installation.
Level the ground
First establish exactly where you will want to the fountain to go. Having decided on the location, you will then need to take a rough measurement of the base of the fountain. You can then mark out the area where the fountain is going to be installed leaving approximately an extra 10 cm all the way around. Then, level the ground within the marked area.
Lower the ground
You will then need to dig the area until you have lowered the ground some 10 cm from the surrounding area. You can remove the surplus dirt in a wheelbarrow and disperse it throughout the flower beds. Next, you can rake the area over taking care to remove any large stones or bits of old root.
Mix stone dust and rocks
Sticking to a ratio of five parts stone dust to every one part rocks, create a mixture of the two materials. The rocks here should ideally be relatively small. Spread the mixture onto the prepared area and then begin to level it out with the rake. You can then trample the mixture down with your feet until it is more or less level. Measure with a level and continue trampling until the ground is even. Finally, add a last layer of stone dust only.
Insert the fountain
With help, direct the fountain into the prepared ground. Check that the base is sitting level and adjust if necessary. You can do this by adding or removing the dirt from under the base of the fountain.
Insert the pump
Insert the pump into the fountain and thread the electric cord through the drain hole and out. Seal the drain hole with the drain plug and add sealant such as putty or silicone to create a watertight seal.
Install the solar power supply
Install the solar power supply somewhere where it will be sure to receive plenty of sunlight. Make a ditch for the cord and cover it.
Thread the water tube
Thread the water tube from the bottom up through the fountain top. Force the tube until it meets the level of the top fountain hole. Again, you will need help here to hold the fountain top.
Fill with water
Once you have reset the fountain top in place, you can begin to fill the base with water. Complete the job by plugging into the solar power base.