How to build a water fountain out of a whiskey barrel

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How to build a water fountain out of a whiskey barrel
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Listening to the gentle gurgling of a water fountain is a great way to relax at the end of the day. Used whiskey barrels make excellent containers for water fountains and provide a rustic atmosphere for your outdoor landscape. Building a water fountain out of a whiskey barrel is a fairly simple project for even the first time DIYer and can be tackled over the course of an afternoon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Whiskey barrel
  • Pond liner
  • Pump
  • Fountain attachment

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    Purchase a barrel from a whiskey distributor or online and then saw it in half. Or a cheaper option is to check a home store or gardening shop as whiskey barrels are becoming an increasingly popular outdoor landscaping feature.

    How to build a water fountain out of a whiskey barrel
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    Buy a pond pump. You can use the smaller sizes (less than 100 gallons) because you will be using this in a container. Many pumps come with fountain attachments. These are long tubes that connect to the outlet of the pump. You can adjust these to the height you need for your water feature. They also come with a number of fountain spray style heads.

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    Line the inside of the barrel with pond liner. This can be found at most garden supply stores. Staple the top of the liner to the top of the barrel with a heavy-duty staple gun.

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    Place the pump in the bottom of the barrel with the fountain attachment above the surface of the water.

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    Add any plants as necessary. You can use these to hide the pump. Good plants to try are water lilies, golden buttons, water soldiers and bulrush.

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    Plug the pump into a nearby outlet. Adjust the height of the fountain as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If you will be incorporating fish into your pond, you will also want to purchase a biological filter. This will help break down any waste products generated by your fish.
  • Use caution when working with water and electricity. Plug your pump into a GFCI outlet to prevent accidental electrocution.

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