Closeness to nature helps us gain mental and physical strength. It is especially pleasant to be near the water, look at its surface or a worrying surface, listen to a soothing splash. If this is not possible, but there is a private summer cottage, you can decorate it with an artificial pond. And even better – to equip a real fountain with your own hands. It is not as easy as ordering a finished construction from a specialized company. But your personal water holiday “spills out” in a much smaller amount.
- We are looking for a suitable place
- Do-it-yourself mini fountain
- Determine the type of fountain
- Some recommendations
We are looking for a suitable place
For starters, it’s useful to study several sources, watch videos and photo workshops on self-fountain production. Then you can start planning your work. Choose a place and style of design for the fountain (natural, rustic, laconic, artsy, oriental or other). This should be followed by a search for a suitable scheme with an estimate of it on the ground. And then – the choice of materials necessary for the work.
In order for the future summer fountain building to work successfully, delighting its owners and their guests, you should first think through all the details. It is important not only high-quality equipment, but also a good selection of location. If a pump is used, it is imperative to provide electricity to the zone of its operation. It is better to choose a shaded area, so that under the influence of the sun the water does not “bloom” due to the development of microscopic algae in it. But, it is not recommended to place the fountain design under the trees either – litter and foliage may fall into the bowl.
It is advisable that your future water body fit in well with the overall design style of the area, including walkway buildings and flower gardens. For example, something exquisitely gilded or ultramodern may look out of place on a village courtyard. But a reservoir with a fountain in a rustic or natural style organically joins here. A place for him is chosen, based on considerations of the best overview. Or maximum comfort and intimacy, if that was the original intention.
Do-it-yourself mini fountain
Masters who build a fountain on their own often prefer simpler forms and minimal technical complexity. This is usually enough for a summer residence, because powerful and high-impact jets are often appropriate in large fountain complexes. The device will function normally only if it is correctly and correctly assembled. But, the main impression of it will be created not so much by the design of the design of the tank as by the type of bubbling, sparkling, falling jets.
The main part determining the formation of the water picture is always fountain nozzles (or nozzles). They are usually arranged in the form of a hollow tube with nozzles placed in a certain way. The number, diameter and location of the holes determine the formation and distribution of the formed water streams. Nozzles are often purchased ready-made. Although, some craftsmen contrive to save on this, making something similar on their own.
The main pressure stream is usually supplied to the nozzle by a pump of sufficient power, located at the bottom. In the creation of the water picture, special regulators of the water flow are also involved. Water flows under pressure outward, passing through the nozzle holes at the right angles.
Determine the type of fountain
For a summer residence, you can make a fountain without a pump, which can serve as a decoration for a cozy pond on the estate. The design will be simple in appearance and principle of action, but it will be able to delight the views of observers. Such a structure is called an open type fountain. It will work by creating a differential pressure of the liquid. For the structure to function, you need a large tank filled with water. The nozzle should be installed 0.5-1 m above the liquid level. The resulting differential pressure will push the water trickles out.
The disadvantages of open fountains include the need to constantly observe the liquid level, since the pressure created is quite low. The jets will not spray heavily and tightly. In addition, dust and debris can enter the open water surface, especially in windy conditions..
When used in the design of a circular pump, the mini-fountain will look more interesting. It can be made wind-resistant, with sufficiently powerful scattering jets. Choose a suitable nozzle for installation, focusing on a much larger list. It is important that the device can work quite stably without human intervention. Water from the bottom level will be supplied to the nozzle, forming a closed system of continuous circulation.
The liquid ejected through the nozzle falls down, collecting again in the tank. Having passed through the drain hole, it enters the pipeline. After the coarse and fine cleaning stages, the liquid is again pumped through the pump and sent to the nozzle.
If you decide to implement the idea of a fountain with a pump, you do not need to save on this equipment. The duration of the successful operation of the entire structure depends on its quality and reliability. To have such a fountain will have to be within the limits of the availability of the power grid.
A miniature composition can be placed even in large plastic containers of arbitrary shape. This material is quite suitable for the desired purpose, providing adequate waterproofing..
For larger options, you will need to equip the fountain bowl. That will require digging a pit, equipping the foundation in it, strengthening the walls with bricks and ensuring the waterproofness of all surfaces in contact with the liquid. In order to avoid a possible overflow over the top of the bowl, an emergency drain is made just above the usual edge of the liquid surface, preventing the water from rising above the required level.
The base of the foundation is recommended to be deepened to a distance that excludes the possibility of washing the soil. For waterproofing the walls and bottom of the tank, you can use a special film, treating all the resulting joints with a frost-resistant sealant. It is possible to make a reliable and resistant to water corrosion pipeline from plastic pipes.
Already finished with the installation phase of the pump, it is imperative to test the operation of the fountain. And only after making sure that everything is functioning properly, you can start decorating the pump and bowl. Forgetting to check the operation of the system, the master risks subsequently disassembling the already completed building in search of a problem.
Manicured artificial ponds and fountains have a bewitching look and adorn any territory. And to build this magnificence is not so difficult. Of course, in the presence of all the necessary materials, lazy hands and an inquiring mind. Even an intricately looking fountain can be gathered at your dacha, without hired specialists and unnecessary expenses.
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