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Courtyard Fountains And Ponds: Make Your Custom Version

Jul 19, 2008
Over 5,000 years ago, people started building lovely palaces and other homes with beautiful courtyard fountains and ponds. Many of these decorative showpieces were the pride of kings and queens of Europe and Asia, as well as the aristocracies of those societies.

These days, such handsome attractions are not used by just the upper levels of society. Although they may seem somewhat costly to build, courtyard fountains and ponds are now available at prices that more enthusiasts can afford. As a result, lots of people are beautifying their domiciles with these additions. Happily these enviable showpieces can add value to a home.

Courtyard fountains and ponds are available in a limitless array of sizes and shapes. The variety of choices range from the simple to the very elaborate and complex and offer a wide selection of materials. A substance referred to as cast stone is very often the preferred material of choice.. This is a special kind of concrete that can be shaped into almost any form that is requested. However, many courtyard fountains and ponds are being made out of granite, other types of concrete and marble, which continues to be very popular.

Installing Courtyard Fountains and Ponds

It is very possible to install your own courtyard fountains and ponds, but it is recommended that you don't do this work yourself. Instead, hire a professional for this detailed kind of work. If you should decide that this is a project you wish to attempt on your own, you will find that kits for smaller fountains and ponds are quite easy to install. Also, they are usually available at home improvement stores. To be sure of a quality installation for your own fountain or pond, it is suggested that you do a few basic things.

Prior to your installing your own courtyard fountain and pond, contact your local electric utility company. This is vitally important. Unless you will be using solar power, these fountains require electricity; and, their wires must be buried for safety and as well as for aesthetics. Since you may not know exactly what is buried anywhere in that area, it is necessary to call to find out.

Next, you should clean out the area to be improved. Installing a courtyard fountain and pond will be successful if big rocks, unwanted vegetation and any debris are removed. Since your pond liner may be somewhat fragile, getting these hazards out of the way ahead of time will help to ensure its integrity.

Such fountains need to be level for them to function properly. Therefore, you will need to level any holes for your courtyard fountain and pond. Sidewall stones should not be positioned until the leveling process is completed. The system will operate its best if the water is level. This ensures that the pump will operate properly. It is a simple operation to level the holes. Just fill up a hole with sand. Then, place a board on the sand and a level on the board. Until the the board is level at all angles, keep tamping down.

Finally, be sure to check out and follow the instructions that are packed with your courtyard fountain and pond kit. By being attentive and careful, you will end up with the display you desire - your very own lovely courtyard fountain and pond.
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