How to make a solar-powered garden fountain low maintenance by adding a float valve?

I have a solar-powered garden fountain that I wish to make very low maintenance and not have to manually fill with water. How could I install a float valve setup in the fountain? Has anyone ever done this? Any ideas?

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frollard8 years ago
if you have a fresh water supply, there are float valves for use in humidifers that are pretty low footprint, and would fit in a fountain nicely.
arnold54 (author)  frollard8 years ago
Thank you for the info. I'm assuming humidifier float valves are small in size? How do I determine which float size to use for my fountain?
they only ever trickle, and open tiny amounts at a time. If you have a humidifier on your forced air furnace, check it out - works like a toilet float valve, but the toilet valve is high flow - the humidifier one is really a lot smaller, and takes 1/4 inch input pipe.
arnold54 (author)  frollard8 years ago
I don't have a humidifier, but will do an online search for a float valve I can use to hook up to my water supply. Thanks for all of your input.
You're welcome - check hardware stores (like home depot, lowes, rona, etc) and they should be able to source 'replacement' valves easily and relatively cheap. If this help - please mark answered!
EmmaCay4 years ago
I think you can make your own solar fountain for the garden with a pot and some pipes. You might want to do a simple search and see what's out there. Good luck.
thardy54 years ago
I just was searching on solar fountains for the garden and it brought me here, I am trying to build one from a strawberry flower pot. I have seen the pictures of them but not the how to. Any suggestions?