- plastic 5-gallon bucket
- rust-proof paint
- piece of expanded metal that fits the bucket opening
- approximately 1/2 bag of large round gravel (or use existing gravel in bed)
- scrap piece of copper tubing
- submersible pump
- 2-inch piece of plastic tubing (used to connect copper tubing and pump)
- spade or digging shovel
- tubing cutter
- bubble level
Steps for installing a 5-gallon water feature
Bury the bucket. First things first, dig a hole deep enough to accommodate your 5-gallon bucket. Keep in mind that the top of the bucket should be at ground level. You will also want to make sure that your bucket is setting level in the hole.
Install pump and platform. Next, place the pump in the bucket and connect the copper tubing to the pump; using the small piece of plastic tubing.
You will have to cut the copper tubing to the correct length. Cut it long enough to reach slightly above the platform. After your pump is in place, install your expanded metal platform inside the bucket. You may want to paint your platform with rust-proof paint if it is not galvanized.
Test the pump. Fill the bucket with enough water to cover the pump. Plug your pump in and make any necessary adjustments. Remember that when the water level reaches the top of the copper tube, the force of the "fountain" will be reduced. When your pump is adjusted, fill the bucket to the correct level.
Backfill the hole and install the gravel. The final step is to backfill the area surrounding the bucket, and cover the platform and the surrounding area with gravel. Place several larger rocks around the top of the copper tubing. This will help to keep the "flow" of the fountain open.
NOTE: Remember you will have occasionally add water to your fountain to compensate for evaporation.