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. . . and a few other bits and pieces. With so many pebble pool water features on the market, how do you choose which is best for you? Well, totally contrary to the spirit of consumer product opinionating, may I suggest, instead of buying one, you experience all the satisfaction which comes with making your own! It’s easier than you may think. Installing a pond, or indeed any water feature, in your garden, is quite a major undertaking. And if you have only a small garden, it will take up quite a bit of room. In fact, maybe you don’t have a garden at all! But you can still have a water feature. You can have it on the patio, or even indoors. And what’s more, you can make it yourself. So without further ado, welcome to Aspen’s DIY guide to creating a pebble water feature in a pot! Shopping List. Terracotta pot, plain or glazed, at least 300mm deep, any shape you fancy. A bag of washed cobbles. Bitumen paint. Car body filler. A piece of rigid wire mesh. An old plastic plant pot, 2 litre size. A small pond pump with interchangeable fountain head. Method. Plug the drainage hole in the pot with the car body filler and allow to harden. Paint the inside of the pot with the Bitumen paint to within a couple of inches of the top. Place the plastic pot inside the Terracotta pot, centrally, and using bricks or flat stones beneath it if needed, adjust its height until the top is about 50mm below the rim of the Terracotta pot. Cut the mesh to fit inside the top of the Terracotta pot, and rest it on the top of the plastic pot. Once you’re satisfied with sizes and levels so far, remove the mesh again and place the pump inside the plastic pot. Adjust the height of the fountain head to be 25mm – 50mm above the rim of the Terracotta pot. At this stage, it is a good idea to do a dummy run. Fill the container with water, plug in the pump, and
stand well back! Now adjust the volume and height of the fountain (with the flow control on the pump), and play with the interchangeable heads until you find a spray pattern you like. You’ll probably find a bubble variation is better than a spray, because the water needs to fall back into the container, rather than spraying all over the shop. Found something you like? Right, if it is a biggish pot, you will probably find it too heavy to move when filled, so empty out at least some of the water. Place it wherever you want it to be, then refill. Put the mesh in place, and thread the pump cable past the edge of it and over the rim of the container. Then carefully, and artistically, pile the cobbles on the mesh, building them up around the fountain. Wedging cobbles against the fountain stem will ensure it remains vertical. Plug it in, switch it on, and do some fine tuning if necessary. Congratulations! You have built your own portable pebble water feature! These self contained water features can be used in the conservatory, or on the patio. There is no surface water, which makes them ideal if there are small children around. And in the winter, you can dismantle and drain them, and store them away. Obviously, you don’t need a permanent electrical installation. A nearby power socket can be used, with the 10m of cable normally fitted to these pumps. Use a Circuit Breaker, though, for safety, as you would with any outdoor electrical appliance. A small pump is all that is required. Lotus do a huge range of pumps, and the smallest in the series of pumps with fountain heads will be ideal. Of course, you can buy things like these ready made. But think of the satisfaction of making your own!
We have always wanted a small pond for the garden yet as our youngest child is 3 we would have to wait until he was old enough to be safe around it. The answer was to get one of the small water features, this is a small fountain pump which sits in it's own water container (like a large bucket with a lip). A plastic lid goes on top which is then weighed down by large pebbles. The water comes out through a hols in the lid and cascades down over the pebbles. The kit can be mounted either above ground on a brick base or sunk into the soil leaving it level with the grass. The kit comes with everything you need, apart from a circuit breaker though most modern houses have this built into the fuseboard. The kit was easy to install coming with full instructions and a variety of nozzles to alter the pattern of the water spray. A water feature that is also safe for your children to enjoy.