“ All-purpose pump that is able to run a fountain and a waterfall „
Okay, I've realised I'm not Charlie Dimmock (what a relief!) but now the kids are a bit older I decided to build a waterfall and pond in my garden. After two days of hard graft my masterpiece is finished, it works and looks not unlike a pile of rocks with water running down - but I'm happy. Let no one kid you, it's not easy! I started by buying a Hazelock cascade pump, not knowing exactly what I needed I went for a mid range one which promises to pump 1250 litres of water an hour, cost approx. £50. What you don't find out until you get home is you need a special electrical gadget thing to plug it into - I suppose so you don't blow up or something! Not too much of a problem, got it from Screwfix for around a £10 (sorry can't be more specific on prices but was buying other things at same time!) The other thing you need is a length of 1" diameter hose, after much searching finally found this in Wickes (3m for £5.99) I opted to use a pondliner as opposed to a rigid structure to create a more free flowing shape - big problem if you're trying to do this on your own. It is very difficult to fit without two people, almost impossible with TWO kids who just want to see the thing finished! Anyway, after digging for Scotland, I ended up with the shape and depth I required. You need the pond part to be at least 6" deeper than the height of the pump while it is sitting on raised platform (a brick in my case) probably deeper if you are going to have a fountain. Did I mention that the pump has three different attachments to create various fountains? Took me a while to work this out as the instructions aren't very clear, I actually got on better just looking at the pictures. It does say that you can have a fountain and waterfall combined but to be honest I don't think it would be powerful enough. My hose to the top of the waterfall is under two metres long and only on a medium slope and it gives me a decent stream of wat
er but not a torrent. One thing which hadn't occurred to me was how to disguise the black liner, fortunately I was able to dismantle the rockery and the rocks and pebbles from this has done the trick. If you are considering trying this yourself, don't do what I did and do it on impulse. Plan it out and enlist some help. But the end result is worth it or will be after several soothing baths!