Indoor Pet Water Fountain




This is a sturdy and fun way of proving clean running water for your pets!

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Step 1: Gather Supplies

The first step is to gather the supplies. I got my supplies from Home Depot since I prefer them to Lowes.
1-cement mixing tub
1-Rubbermaid Rough Neck tote 37 gallon (it fit the mixing tub)
1-3 ft length of 1/2" copper tubing
2-copper elbows 1/2" 90°
1-3/4" to 1/2" threaded adapter
1 pond pump of varying power (I went with a pump that turned out to be a bit too strong because it had a threaded output)
either some pvc or a small beverage bottle to make a filter
some 2x4's to make a frame with
and, of course, some nails

Step 2: Measure the Tote

Since I wanted a sturdy, inexpensive frame, I I used 2x4s. I measured around the tote, over the handles since I didn't want to have to accommodate the handles or remove them.
the sides of the frame (over the handle) were 20.5" long
the front and back of the frame were 28"
the legs were 18.5" long
for my legs I used some 1x6 planks I had sitting around and made them into L shaped legs around the corners.
The frame was pretty easy until it came to completely stabilizing the legs. after a fair amount of sanding all was well.

Step 3: Plumbing

The step was to size, cut and solder the pipe. For my first attempt I left the pipe intact with the 3/4 female adapter on the bottom to attach to the pump. I used the two 90° elbows and some of the copper pipe to make a faucet style output. I placed the 1/2" hole for the faucet in the center of the mixing tub because I wasn't sure what kind of splash to expect. Then I drilled a 1" hole near one end for the drink bottle/filter. After drilling 5 billion tiny holes into the bottle I added some aquarium charcoal and some filter batting. I then screwed it into the 1" hole to act as a filter.

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    3 years ago

    Really cool idea! I love the idea of having a recirculating fountain in my house.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I have a pair of Indoor raccoons so I needed something sturdy and none of the ones at pet stores would last a day.