HOW TO: Build a pot water feature

Step 1: Prepare your area

First, prepare the area where your water feature will go. You may need to remove some pavers or bricks. If it's going into lawn, dig a small hole for the pump to sit in. You should also bury conduit in the ground underneath so an electrician can hook up power to your water feature.

Step 2: Waterproof your feature pot

Apply a couple of coats of waterproofing membrane, such as bitumen paint, to the inside of the pot. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Dig your hole for the sump

The sump is part of the conversion kit that keeps the water level consistent and acts as a filter. You'll need to dig a hole so you can drop the sump in level with your surface. Compact the ground underneath your sump to provide a stable base. Place the sump in the hole and using a spirit level, line up the top of the sump with the surface around it. This will make sure the pot sits level.

Step 4: Install your pump inside the sump

If you're not sure what size pump to choose, go for a bigger size. This will make sure you have plenty of power to get the water to the top of the pot. Remove the lid of the sump and place the pump inside the support chamber. Feed the pump cord through the chamber side hole, then place the pump and support into the bottom of the sump. It should easily click into place.

Step 5: Attach the sump top to the base

To attach the top of the sump to the base, use the pump attachment. One end connects to the pump and the other goes through the base and into the pot. That end has two rubber washers, one of them will go underneath the sump and the other inside the pot.

Step 6: Feed the power cord through the conduit

Feed your power cord through the conduit and attach it to the unit so you have power for your water feature. You may need a qualified electrician to install a power point.

Step 7: Seal up the sump

Inside your kit is a flange to seal up the sump. This needs to go through the hole and into the vinyl tubing below. Silicone around the outside to seal it. Then carefully place the pot on top of the flange and into position.

For a video, visit: http://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice

Tools and materials:

Caulking gun

Shovel

Paintbrush

Large pot

Pot conversion kit

Pond and fountain pump

Premium transparent pool silicone

Bitumen paint

Conduit


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