A disappearing fountain gives you the spray and sound of water, without the open pond. It can be a pretty cool visual effect, as the water will disappear into your base. The smaller water basin makes for a greener solution, requiring less water. This can be a good choice if you have children or pets that you don't want to worry about falling into a pond, and don't care about having plants or fish.
There are great looking ready-made fountains, and fountain kits available on the market. Unfortunately, even a modest outdoor ready-made water feature starts at several hundred dollars and can easily run into the thousands. The pre-made components (e.g. basin) required to piece together your own creation really aren't any cheaper by the time you're done. Our goal is to build an in-ground fountain with inexpensive, easy to find materials. Depending on your specific needs, you can probably get it done for less than $100 ($200 including decorative rock).
Step 1: Materials & Tools
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Depending on your design, and where your fountain will be located, the size and quantity of materials you need may vary. Ours is a pretty simple geyser shooting out of rocks design. It will be about 20 feet from our power source.
- Basin (15 gallon HP15 $22.99)
- Pump Laguna 529 Gallon Per Hour (GPH) pond fountain PT8160 ($55.99)
- Sprinkler drip-system tap (1/2-inch riser adapter with 1/4-inch barb $1.49)
- Valve box circular 10" ($10.97)
- Electrical PVC Conduit 1.25-inch x 10 feet (2 x $3.72)
- PVC Sweep connector 1.25-inch (3 x $1.74)
- PVC slip cap 1.25-inch (2 x $.87)
- PVC Glue ($2.29)
- Landscape fabric
- Sheet plastic, or lawn garden bags
- Noiyo cobble decorative rock (1,000 lbs in bags $82)
- Rebar .25-inch x 4 feet (4 x $3.27)
- Rebar .25-inch x 3 feet (2 x $2.78)
- Hardware mesh
- Spray primer gray $4.59
- Spray paint flat black $4.49
- Hack saw
- Dremel rotary cutting tool
- Pipe tape
- Safety glasses
- Knee pads
- Marking chalk (flour works too)
- Pressure washer *
- Dog *