A Step by Step Guide to Building Wall Fountains

What You'll Need
A cement backboard
Glass tiles
Reservoir basin and a recirculation pump
Riser tube
A Water release head
Safety glasses

Wall fountains are commonly used in gardens to create a relaxing atmosphere. Building your own wall fountain is worth your time because fountains can be expensive. All of the items needed for building a wall fountain can be found in any home improvement or garden center.

    Step 1: Ideal Location

    If you are going to install the fountain in your garden, make sure that the wall you choose is in good condition. Also, be sure that it is not obstructed by vegetation, or any other garden constructions. Ideally, the fountain should be seen from most areas of your garden.

    Step 2:  Cement Board, Mortar and Glass Tiles

    Cut the cement board so that it is approximately 5 by 3 feet. Then, attach it to the wall or fence post. Using the hand towel carefully attach the mortar to the surface of the cement board. Ensure it is attached properly. Put the glass tiles on top of the mortar and install them in a horizontal way. You can use your own design. The important thing is to try to create a color variation otherwise the wall fountain will look too plain.

    Step 3: Applying the Grout

    The next thing to do is to apply some grout on the surface of the tiles. The latter can be done by using a float. Afterwards use the sponge, dipped in cold water, to wipe away any excess grout. Be sure to wipe the grout immediately because it dries quickly.

    Step 4: The Reservoir Basin

    Make sure that the reservoir is wider than the cement background. Now assemble the reservoir. Once done, dig a hole as deep as the reservoir basin. Make sure that the hole is as close as possible to the bottom of the wall and place the basin inside the hole and place the pump inside the basin.

    Step 5: Installing the Pump

    Grab the riser tube and clip it into the recirculating pump, along with the release head. Make sure that the riser tube is placed correctly behind the wall. Also, make sure that the release head is at least an inch higher than the wall.

    Step 6: The Gravel and The Bamboo

    Insert the gravel into the reservoir basin. Use the gravel to hold the pump into place. Now cut the bamboo into half, and perforate them. These holes will allow water to pass through. Place the bamboo on top of the wall and fix them securely to the wall. Make sure that the holes are in the bottom part of the bamboo. This will allow the water to flow from the bamboo onto the glass tiles.

    The last thing to do is to fill the reservoir with water. The proper procedure should be water flowing from the pump into the bamboo and out again onto the glass tiles. You may need to make a few alignments before it starts to work properly.