DIY Floating Fountain ideas

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Bill Stock, May 19, 2008.

  1. Bill Stock

    Bill Stock Guest

    I was thinking of going with a floating fountain, but the commercial ones
    are insanely priced and too big for my pond. The blurb I saw for a smaller
    one said that it clogs easily and would require considerable maintenance. So
    I thought I would build my own.

    Cheap idea #1 was some polystyrene with a cap and a pipe through the middle.
    I thought I might use the water catcher from a plant pot for a cap. This may
    not be too durable, but it would be cheap.

    Cheap idea #2 was a large container filled with Great Stuff and a pipe
    through the middle. Should also be cheap, but perhaps less durable.

    Fancy idea #1 fill a container with polyester resin with a pipe through the
    middle. I would use micro-spheres to make the resin buoyant. This is how
    some of the commercials ones are made. I would likely only do this if I
    liked the results from the fountain above.

    I was also planning on adding one of the colour changing LED light rings to
    the fountain.

    Any better ideas?






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    Bill Stock, May 19, 2008
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  2. Bill,

    I am not sure I follow your ideas clearly. Pics or drawings somewhere
    might help my visual mind.

    We were able to get a small fountain/sprinkler item and plumb it onto
    1/2" PVC. It did not float, but it ran from the pump. The water from
    it looked like an umbrella.

    Jim
    Phyllis and Jim, May 19, 2008
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  3. Bill Stock

    Bill Stock Guest

    "Phyllis and Jim" wrote in message
    news:...
    > Bill,
    >
    > I am not sure I follow your ideas clearly. Pics or drawings somewhere
    > might help my visual mind.
    >
    > We were able to get a small fountain/sprinkler item and plumb it onto
    > 1/2" PVC. It did not float, but it ran from the pump. The water from
    > it looked like an umbrella.
    >
    > Jim



    The cheap floating variety:

    http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/products/3417056/LED_lighted_Floating_Water_Fountain.html

    The lake sized version:

    http://pondfountain.com/

    I'd like something in the middle, with a bubbler nozzle I think.



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    Bill Stock, May 19, 2008
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  4. Bill Stock

    Chip Guest

    Bill Stock wrote:

    > The cheap floating variety:
    >
    > http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/products/3417056/LED_lighted_Floating_Water_Fountain.html
    >
    > The lake sized version:
    >
    > http://pondfountain.com/
    >
    > I'd like something in the middle, with a bubbler nozzle I think.
    >

    The big one has a 1/2HP or 1HP motor! Kricky! OK, the top may float
    but the bottom is sure tied to a power line so can't move all that much.
    What's the diff, if you put a 1/2HP anywhere, out or in the pond, and
    run 1" PVC along the bottom and then up to the top platform. It
    wouldn't look any different because the big one has a pipe running up to
    the top anyway.

    Chip
    Chip, May 19, 2008
    #4
  5. Bill Stock

    Bill Stock Guest

    Chip" wrote in message news:g0s8cu$jhf$...
    > Bill Stock wrote:
    >
    >> The cheap floating variety:
    >>
    >> http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/products/3417056/LED_lighted_Floating_Water_Fountain.html
    >>
    >> The lake sized version:
    >>
    >> http://pondfountain.com/
    >>
    >> I'd like something in the middle, with a bubbler nozzle I think.
    >>

    > The big one has a 1/2HP or 1HP motor! Kricky!


    Yeah, I've seen them advertised at 5HP+. I'm looking at more like 1200 gph,
    which is probably soemthing like 1/8 HP at most.

    >OK, the top may float but the bottom is sure tied to a power line so can't
    >move all that much. What's the diff, if you put a 1/2HP anywhere, out or in
    >the pond, and run 1" PVC along the bottom and then up to the top platform.
    >It wouldn't look any different because the big one has a pipe running up to
    >the top anyway.


    I was originally thinking of letting the pump sit on the bottom as you
    suggest, since a much smaller float would be required. The one big reason I
    can see for not doing this would be the clog factor and the risk of emptying
    the pond. I guess I've got another use for the milk crates discussed last
    year. Most of the platforms I've seen have small weight(s) that sit on the
    bottom to hold the flloat in place. Since I have much less tolerance for
    error I need a better anchoring solution. I'm thinking of using a couple of
    eye hooks and some string to anchor the float to the side of the pond.

    I picked up some lighting fairly reasonable, so if it's too tacky I'll add
    it to my pile of 'good ideas at the time'.

    http://www.wholesalepumps.com/Product.cfm?DID=79&PID=921



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    Bill Stock, May 19, 2008
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  6. Bill Stock

    Chip Guest

    Bill Stock wrote:

    > I picked up some lighting fairly reasonable, so if it's too tacky I'll add
    > it to my pile of 'good ideas at the time'.
    >
    > http://www.wholesalepumps.com/Product.cfm?DID=79&PID=921
    >

    All you need now is to dress your fish in white suits and have the hi-fi
    playing "Disco Inferno".

    Chip
    Chip, May 20, 2008
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  7. Bill Stock

    Bill Stock Guest

    Followup: DIY Floating Fountain ideas

    "Bill Stock" wrote in message
    news:bf1a9$4830c579$cef886b1$-Free...
    >I was thinking of going with a floating fountain, but the commercial ones
    >are insanely priced and too big for my pond. The blurb I saw for a smaller
    >one said that it clogs easily and would require considerable maintenance.
    >So I thought I would build my own.
    >
    > Cheap idea #1 was some polystyrene with a cap and a pipe through the
    > middle. I thought I might use the water catcher from a plant pot for a
    > cap. This may not be too durable, but it would be cheap.
    >
    > Cheap idea #2 was a large container filled with Great Stuff and a pipe
    > through the middle. Should also be cheap, but perhaps less durable.
    >
    > Fancy idea #1 fill a container with polyester resin with a pipe through
    > the middle. I would use micro-spheres to make the resin buoyant. This is
    > how some of the commercials ones are made. I would likely only do this if
    > I liked the results from the fountain above.
    >
    > I was also planning on adding one of the colour changing LED light rings
    > to the fountain.
    >
    > Any better ideas?



    HD does sell plant pot bottoms separately. They were in a hideous terracotta
    colour, but some black plastic paint solved that. I used a couple of layers
    of 2" styrofoam for the float, glued together with some polyurethane glue.
    The glue did not stick to the HDPE plastic at all, but it did stick the
    styrofoam together. But the weight of the pump keeps it all together. I
    probably could have used one layer of styrofoam and a smaller planter base,
    as the whole thing seems very buoyant. I'll probably redo it when I move the
    pump to a support and take the added weight off the float. One problem I had
    originally was that the fountain would not float straight, since the weight
    of the pump was pulling it off center. A short section of flexible hose
    between the pump and the fountain head solved my center of gravity problem.

    I'm pretty happy with the LED light ring BTW, it's not quite as Vegas as I'd
    feared. But then I'm a big Bellagio fan. :)

    I'll post a few night shots somewhere once I get everything else finished.



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    Bill Stock, Jun 14, 2008
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