How do you install a disappearing fountain?

How to Install a Disappearing Fountain Kit:

The first thing you need to do is select the type of fountain kit which will suit your needs. You have two choices here; one is a DIY kit or another is a professional installation. A DIY kit consists of all the materials needed to build it yourself. These kits are not expensive and usually cost around $30-$50 dollars depending upon what material you choose and how much time you want to spend assembling them.

Professional installations consist of all the necessary tools and equipment required to complete the job. They generally run from $100 up to several thousand dollars.

If you are just starting out with fountain kits then a DIY kit might be best because they come in handy when you don’t have any experience building a fountain and you would like to save money. If you already have some experience building a fountain then a professional installation may be better since you get to save money on the materials used. However if you are looking to upgrade your existing fountain then a professional installation may be better because they include everything needed to finish the job properly.

Professional Installation of a Disappearing Fountain Kit:

A professional installation includes all the necessary tools and equipment to complete the job properly. They typically run from $1000 up to several thousand dollars.

So which is better?

In my opinion, the choice is a no-brainer. A professional installation will always be superior to a DIY kit. They usually last longer, run more efficiently, and look better than a DIY kit. The main reason being that the parts used in a professional kit are high quality and are designed to fit the needs of your fountain.

A professional installer can be hired to do the job for you (or you can do it yourself) but either way the cost is going to be high.

If you want a high quality fountain that looks very nice and will impress your friends then a professional installation may be your best bet. This type of installation doesn’t just include digging a hole and putting in a pre-made fountain. In a DIY kit, you have to buy cheaper parts that are not necessarily made for fountains. The tubing is thin and easily kinked.

The nozzles used in them are weak and prone to clogging. And the pump is of a lower quality which means it will burn out a lot quicker than an upgraded pump would.

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A professional kit also uses more concrete to create a heavier base which helps stabilize the fountain. A professional installation is made when a fountain installers comes to your house and examines what kind of material you have around your yard and uses it to make the most out of your fountain. For example: A professional may use stones, bricks, plants, and many other materials that blend the look of your house with the look of your yard.

There are many benefits to a professional installation but it all boils down to personal preference and how much money you want to spend. DIY kits are cheaper and will still provide a nice fountain but if you want a really nice looking, high quality fountain then a professional installation may be the way to go. A heavier base prevents the pump from vibrating excessively which can damage or shorten the life of the pump. While it’s true that you would have to get a professional to do it anyway, you still end up saving money in the long run.

The only time I can see a DIY kit being better is if you already have experience building a fountain or water feature and you know what types of parts to look for. The other time may be if you are on a tighter budget and only have around $200 to spend.

Think about the type of fountain you want. There are many different types of DIY kits available, some of which are better than others so do your research before deciding what to get.

A disappearing fountain is really cool if you place it in the right spot. However, be sure that your pump can handle the job because they typically can’t. Also, make sure you have a nice even slope from top to bottom or the water will just flow straight down the hill and not disappear.

A recirculating pump is rated from around 1800 gallons per hour to around 4800 gallons per hour. You’ll need around 3500 gallons per hour if you want the water to flow away from the fountain.

The best location for the pump is near the lowest point of your yard because the water has a lot further to go before it reaches the drain. If you place it near the fountain, the water will have such a short distance to travel that a smaller pump will do (and be less expensive). Also, having it near the lowest part of your yard means you won’t need as large of piping which also saves money.

You can also drain the water into a creek or river but this is not as common. In this case, your pump only has to move the water a few feet which means you could use a smaller and less expensive one. (But still not a disappearing fountain one! You need a lot of pressure for those)

If you want to make your own, then you might as well get the big pump because it won’t be too much more money. The only other thing you’ll need is some tubing to place over the exit so the water doesn’t just flow straight down. You can also buy or make a fountain that will work with a recirculating pump, it’s just not as easy as it is with a disappearing one.

Before you buy anything, make a simple sketch of your yard to show where you want the fountain and where you want the water to exit. Also, measure the distance from the pump so you know what size tubing to get.

If you end up buying a kit, I only suggest getting one from a big box store like Home Depot or Lowes because online retailers will send you tubing that is way too small if you just tell them the size without also giving them the interior diameter.

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Also, make sure you buy PVC cement and not PVC glue. The cement must be used for underground installations because the glue won’t dry properly. I haven’t had good experiences with the cement from the big box stores so I usually get something like this.

If you are planning on placing your pump inside your house, then you’re probably better off buying a pre-made fountain.

Installing A DIY Disappearing Fountain

I’m using this one as an example because it’s the exact one I bought and installed. I got lucky because it was on sale and I had a $5 off coupon!

Before starting, check your water pressure because you’ll need at least 60 PSI.

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