How to make a bucket & floating-faucet fountain

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How to make a bucket & floating-faucet fountain
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From a distance, a floating-faucet fountain appears to have an unattached metal faucet suspended in mid-air with water flowing from the spout. When you get a little closer, you can see the water actually flows over and through clear plastic. Making a bucket and floating-faucet fountain is not complicated, but the end result looks like magic. Select an old, rusted faucet to pair with an old, galvanised bucket, or a shiny new faucet to pair with a hand-painted bucket. Either way, your floating-faucet fountain will provide a conversation piece for your patio or garden.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 36-inch-long by 1/2-inch-diameter rigid plastic tube
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Wire mesh
  • Wire cutters
  • Silicone sealant
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Submersible fountain pump
  • Duct tape
  • Bucket
  • 2 Half bricks

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  1. 1

    Drill four 1/8-inch-diameter holes one inch from one end of the rigid plastic tubing. Position the holes an equal distance apart around the circumference of the tubing. Flexible plastic tubing will not work for this project; make sure you use rigid tubing.

  2. 2

    Cut a small circle of wire mesh to fit over the end of the tubing like a cap. The wire mesh should not cover the drilled holes.

  3. 3

    Fit the wire mesh over the tubing, bending the edges snug against the tube. Cover the top and sides of the mesh with silicone sealant; the wire gives the sealant something to hold onto across the diameter of the tube opening. Allow the sealant to dry.

  4. 4

    Glue the spout end of the faucet onto the silicone end of the plastic tubing with waterproof construction adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry.

  5. 5

    Fit the opposite end of the rigid plastic tube over the spout on a submersible fountain pump. Tape the tubing around the spout with duct tape to bolster the connection and to support the seal.

  6. 6

    Place the submersible fountain pump inside the bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and then start the pump. Never start a submersible fountain pump unless it's submerged in water. The pump will force the water from the bucket up through the rigid plastic tubing. The silicone seal stops it from entering the floating faucet. The four holes at the top of the tubing allow the water to escape and flow back down the tubing and back into the bucket.

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