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

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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frollardBest Answer (author)2009-05-25

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.

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arnold54 (author)frollard2009-05-25

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?

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frollard (author)arnold542009-05-25

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.

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arnold54 (author)frollard2009-05-26

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.

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frollard (author)arnold542009-05-27

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!

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