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Hopefully, you've selected a fountain that is well-suited for indoor use, but even fountains designed to minimize splash occasionally do.  It's just the nature of flowing water.  Keep that in mind when deciding exactly where to put it.  I don't recommend putting a fountain on the beloved heirloom wooden table Grandma gave you, or on a wooden floor or carpet without some protection under and around it, but I do recommend that you: 

  • Put it close enough to family activities that you hear and enjoy it. 

  • If possible, put it at eye level when you are seated in order to get the prettiest view of the water flow.  

  • Make sure that the location should is perfectly level, and large and strong enough to support the entire base when it is full of water.

  • If your fountain is all one piece, (e.g., the fountain itself is welded into the base like the Min-Iris, Waterfall, Day Lilies and Calla Lilies), all you need to do after you place it is: 

  • Slide the pump into the plastic tube that feeds into the bottom of the fountain.   Make sure the pump lies flat.

  • Fill the base water as high as you can without the water spilling out the sides.

  •  Plug in the pump and adjust the flow. Some pumps are equipped with a flow adjuster.  The Little Giant models PESA and PES100, and all the Rio pumps, for example, have dials to adjust the flow up or down.  If your pump does not have a built-in flow adjustment, loosen the metal clamp that secures the plastic feed tube over the copper feed tube at the base of your fountain and twist the plastic tube until the alignment of the two bypass holes results in the desired level of flow from the top of the fountain.  See the diagram below for further explanation.

  • If your fountain is built on a “pizza pan” or tubular frame, simply put it in the base and follow the instructions above. 

  • If your fountain was disassembled for shipping, you will need to put it together first.  There are two different scenarios:

  1. Each Stem has an O Ring (Single Stem Yucca and Single Stem Agave models).  If your stem has an O Ring, roll the ring about 1" from the end, insert it into the fountain stem, and press down using a slight side-to-side twisting motion.  Rotate the stem so that the flowers will drop the water straight down into the leaf clump below.  It may take a few tries to get the stem properly secured and even.  OR,

  2. Each stem has a Union (most Yuccas, Agaves, and medium to large Waterfall type fountains.)  If your stem has a union, begin threading the union clockwise into the fountain stem with your fingers and rotate the stem so that the flowers will drop the water straight down into the leaf cluster below (desert plants), or the water will flow to the middle of pan below if (waterfall types).  Tighten the union with a 1” open end wrench.    PS: If yours is a multi-stemmed fountain, be sure you have the stems in the right place: small with small, medium with medium, large with large. 

  • Once everything is all together, fill the base water as high as you can without the water spilling out the sides.

  • Plug in the pump and adjust the flow.  Some pumps are equipped with a flow adjuster.  The Little Giant models PESA and PES100, and all the Rio pumps, for example, have dials to adjust the flow up or down.  If your pump does not have a built-in flow adjustment, loosen the metal clamp that secures the plastic feed tube over the copper feed tube at the base of your fountain and twist the plastic tube until the alignment of the two bypass holes results in the desired level of flow from the top of the fountain.  

    Click on the drawing below for a close-up view of the bypass system.

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Here's the bypass deal... the more aligned the holes - the less water comes out the top.  The more misaligned the holes are - the more water comes out the top.  The water should bubble nicely, but not so fast that it creates a problem with splashing.

 

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Lee Blackwell Studio

Copper Fountains and Metal Sculptures

18 Plaza Road . PO Box 4027 . Tubac .  AZ 85646

Telephone 520-398-2268

 email blackwellstudio@yahoo.com