May 23, 2010

Water Feature Installation Part I









I've been wanting to install a water feature in my side yard for several years. This weekend, I finally got an electrical outlet installed in the side yard. With the help of my brother Randy (who just happens to be an electrician) we successfully cut a channel in the driveway and installed the wiring and the outlet for my future water feature.

I purchased an old millstone at an auction about a year ago for the express purpose of making a water feature. The plan involves preparing the site and digging out an area larger than the millstone and about 10-15" deep. Installing a pond liner , lining the periphery with bricks to elevate the millstone and provide room for the pump. Next the pump is installed and the power cord buried just beneath the grass and and connected the the power outlet. Prior to turning on the power, cobblestones, river rock or rock of one's choosing is placed in the basin surrounding the millstone. Finally, fill the basin with water, turn on the pump and test the fountain.

According to the article I read on HGTV this project rated a 1 out of 10 in difficulty(lowest) and should take only a weekend to finish. Obviously, their ground must be softer than mine, I made a lot of progress, but I should be able to finish it this coming weekend. I still have to find the rock for the basin, so I will be calling this week to local nurseries, aquatic centers, etc. to see if I can locate what I want. I also want to buy some flagstone to place around the periphery of the fountain.

To be continued......

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see another "southern" blog. Please continue to post.

Kalipso said...

I love such projects. Grate job! I love the fountain.

David said...

Hi Kalipso and thanks for visiting my blog. I'm pleased with how the project turned out, and the birds love it too!

Wayne Jersey said...

Wow, I love how much simpler your idea was that mine! About how much was that millstone if you don't mind me asking? I wonder if it would be better to get one instead of casting one in concrete.

David said...

Hi Wayne,

I bought the millstone from a friend for $100, which was an amazing price for a millstone. They can be very expensive and I have seen others the same size as mine for as much as $800-1200. I have seen some faux millstones that are fairly reasonable if you cannot find a real one at a price you are willing to pay. Hope this helps and good luck.

David