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From Washroom to Garden pond

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Recycling an industrial washroom sink.

I've turned it into a backyard pond. I came across the sink at a company
that I used to work for. The company had decided to renovate the employee washroom and to replace it after only 6 years
of use. It was headed for the scrap steel dumpster I asked for it and they
said that I could have it.
The sink used was a semi-circular Wash-ware counter-top model 3543 from Acorn Engineering Co.
I removed the automatic spray heads and controls and base, I've used a small
submersible pump to spray and circulate water for mosquito prevention.
Cats, squirrels, raccoons, skunks and all sorts of birds really enjoy it, as
well as the friends and neighbors that have seen it.
I made it over ten years ago so no pictures had been taken during the construction phase.
The following explanation is how I remembered how I did it.

If you have any questions or comments it will take a day or two for me to reply.

The attached video file ( August 2013) is of a frog that has moved into the pond and looks like he is enjoying a shower.
 
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Step 1: Gathering the stuff needed.

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  1. A large industrial/school sink, mine was a Stainless steel one that came from a former place of employment ( they were going to throw it in the scrap steel dumpster), but try Habitat for Humanity stores, used building supplies store, places that sell demolition salvage materials. i remember some nice terrazzo ones from my school days. The sink is the 1/2 circle size.
  2. A place to put it your yard.
  3. A small garden size submersible pump that will fit in your sink one can usually be found for under $40.
  4. About five feet of vinyl tubing to fit discharge of pump.
  5. Three nylon or plastic "T's" to fit the tubing, Two 90 degree elbows of the same size.
  6. A GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter)plugin for your pump should be close by.
  7. Local stones or rocks to fill in the pond.
  8. A small piece of semi rigid foam and a small heavy plastic bag also a drain plug to fit the sink drain.
  9. Assorted tools to take the sink off its pedestal and to take it apart and remove the original spray heads and controls if applicable.
Aside note, My sink had four infrared low voltage switch modules that were kept for future use, plus a hot/cold mixing valve as well.
ChrysN2 years ago
Cool looking fountain, you have such a pretty garden too.
john pedersen (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thank you!