Building Fountain using Water Well Pump-COMPLETED!

Discussion in 'Water Gardening' started by cherylad, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Freckles

    Freckles Seedling

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    I love your idea, I have had a similar setup that my son built for me. Same type of tub, and he built up river rocks around it so you can't see the tub. Then a pump in the bottom sends up water thru tubing to cascade over two large rocks (at one end of tub) back into the pool. Around it I have planted ferns ginger plants, corn plants, bromiliads, and similar plants. I have a hand pump painted red like your's, but it sits in the shed, hmmmmmm, that's a great idea.
     
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  2. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Hi Kat... I sure would love to see your set-up!
    And oh yeah... welcome!
     
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  3. Freckles

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    I would love to share the pics, I'm having trouble up-loading, bad signal and all. I'll try another day.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Wow,Cheryl! That turned out very well indeed. It was an enormous amount of work, but boy, oh boy--what a result, eh?

    It just looks perfect. Well done, you.
     
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  5. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Thank you Sjoerd.
    None of the rest of the "team" has seen it since it's been deemed "complete". Hubby is over helping his sister and won't be home until tomorrow. And neither of my brothers, or my cousin, have been over in a few days.
    It really wasn't all that much work, probably could have been done in a weekend if one person knew how to do everything.
    Basically, one brother was the inspiration when he salvaged the old pump from our uncle's workshop.
    The other brother was needed to help do the plumbing. Hubby was needed for the woodwork. Cousin was needed for electrical. Me... I was in charge of gathering the materials and making it "cute"! :-D
     
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  6. miles.o

    miles.o New Seed

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    Cheryl- that looks absolutely fabulous!!
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Thank You Miles.
    We are really enjoying it. And it gets lots of attention from visitors.
     
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    I like that I might incorporate something similar into my rock garden, I would probably go with a smaller well pump though. THanks for the idea!
     
  9. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    It's still going strong. I need to clean out the tub though. Let us know if you set one up!
     
  10. MountainGuardian

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    If you throw that pail into a small campfire and burn off the galvanneal it will help to make it look old and worn if you cannot find a more suitable bucket. Without the coating it will rust very quickly out in the open with water on it all it the time.
     
  11. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Mountain... after 3 years in the elements, it's lost all that "newness". And no rust as of yet.
     
  12. Donna S

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    Great job Cheryl. Don't you just love the sound of running water?
     
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    You're so right Donna, something so peaceful about hearing water trickle and splash. :stew2:
     
  14. MountainGuardian

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    It never will rust much unless you burn the galvaneel off of it... That why mentioned burn it in a campfire that will remove most of the galvaneel and will rust well then...
     
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    Looks wonderful Cheryl! All your hard work and planning paid off. Nice repurposing of the pump! It's a great colour too - looks so nice and rustic. Must be really satisfying to see it pump water after putting it all together yourself.
     

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