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......