When everything arrived, I began assembling. The next little bit is a MacGyver I'm rather pleased with. I began to think of water features I'd done in the past and the biggest problem with outdoor water pumps is crud clogging up the works. Filters help but they are higher maintenance than I wanted. Then I had a little epiphany: the crud usually resides either at the bottom of the water reservoir or floats on the top of the water. So, why not suspend the pump in the middle of the water?
I used 2 1-liter water bottles with the lids screwed on tight, a plastic mesh bag that had oranges in it when I bought it, and some twine to devise a flotation device for the pump. The bottles float. The pump is suspended below the bottles, cradled by the plastic mesh. The twine allows me to retrieve the flotation device + pump from the water reservoir when the water level runs low.
I drilled a few extra holes in the rain barrel to ensure that the water flows back into the barrel, not off the sides. And one of these holes accommodates the tubing from the pump. The decorative rock sits on top of it and the tubing comes up through one of the holes in the rock. One of the holes is for the power line from the pump to the solar panel.
First set back: it was a rare cloudy day and when I hooked up the solar panel to the pump, nothing happened. After checking that everything was as it should be, I walked away for about an hour.
Second set back: after that hour, I looked out the kitchen window to see water shooting from the pump about 3 feet out. This would eventually empty the barrel! So, I MacGyvered again with a silicon drinking straw and a stainless steel drinking straw of a small diameter. (This pump has no flow control.) The result was a nice bubbling fountain with water rising a few inches above the rock and falling back down in a small arc.
There are no plants, yet. But I call this project successfully completed. And it took just a few hours. I look forward to watching the neighborhood birds play in the water as soon as they discover it.
Maybe I'll get some photos soon...
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