A wall mounted outdoor fountain is always an attractive and relaxing addition to any garden, patio, or deck. Install your own using these simple steps and basic components!
You will need a handful of things in order to install your outdoor fountain. You will need a reservoir, a recirculating pump, a riser tube, a water release head, and a decorative water flow surface.
The basin or reservoir is the container that catches the spilling water. Make sure it's deep enough to hold the amount of water necessary to make your feature work well. It should also complement the scale of the trickling wall. Keep in mind that the larger the reservoir, the less splashing that will result. Positioning this at surface level is recommended.
The recirculating pump is located behind the moving water, usually behind a wall of some sort. Available in many sizes, this component provides the necessary energy to draw the water upwards. Most water features use a 50-100 GPH size, which stands for how many gallons of water move per hour. This is attached to the riser tube, which is the channel through which the water will move behind the wall.
Finally, attached to the riser tube is a delivery head, which will produce the water in a relaxing tumble over the wall. There are several kinds you can use. A Spillway head is used for large features and lots of water. However, it must be perfectly level to work. Spray heads are by far the most common, and work similar to a shower nozzle. A Free flow head allows water to leave the tube naturally.
The water flow surface is the decorative aspect of your feature and can be whatever you find most appealing. Stone sheets are popular choices, but anything waterproof will work. Assemble these materials by attaching the decorative water flow surface to the container, preferably in the middle. The pump and riser tube will be located behind this, with the release head at the top.