[SOUND] [MUSIC] Hey.The Pond Digger. Today, I have a fun project
I wanna share with you. We’re gonna install a little
water fountain birdbath. And nothing brings your landscape to life,
like a little bit of water. It attracts the birds. It gives a gentle sound. It’s a really neat feature. I wanna show you this guy. I had this hand crafted, and we have this
perfectly flat top and this little tiny pool. We’re gonna send just the right
amount of water to come up, and give a little movement above the pool.
Send water around the whole top, nice and
mellow so the birds wanna land on here. I got everything I need,
right here in this little bucket. I have our basin is actually where. The water will be stored, and
will send water up through here. I grabbed some clear, vinyl tubing. And the necessary fittings
to make everything work. I have a little, general purpose pump. It’s about 350 gallons per hour. Remember, I just need a little, small flow
to give a gentle sound, and a spot for the birds to bathe.
I even grabbed ourself a little
light kit with a transformer. So we can light this thing up at night,
and extend the enjoyment into the evening. So, the first thing I wanna do
is talk to you about layout. As I mentioned we’re in the front
yard of a home in Redlands, we’re right by the driveway. I positioned this column, so
as you come into the driveway. It’s one of the first things
that you’re gonna see. It’s gonna be wet. If it’s at nighttime,
the light’s gonna make it dance a little bit.
I’ve also positioned this
real close to a window. Now, I could have pulled
this over to my right, but the viewing from inside
the house would have changed. So, since this is a,
a birdbath water fountain, we wanna be able to observe the birds
from the inside of the house. And take a peak at them without scaring them. Now that we have the best location for
this, I’m gonna pull the fountain back out, and I’m gonna bring in that fountain basin,
and then we can start to excavate our hole. Okay, I have the basin put in
the same location that I was.
I wanna give you a tip on the excavation. It’s not gonna take long,
it’s not a very big hole that we have to dig. But we don’t wanna do,
is have this set too low, because we don’t want stuff from the yard
pouring in to it, like when you irrigate, and or it rains really hard, and
water is coming off the roof. We don’t want dirt to
come washing in to this. So, what we’re gonna do is,
we are gonna dig this down. And we’re gonna have this lip sticking up. So the, the excavated area’s gonna be about
an inch and a half below the top of this.
I’m gonna reserve some of the dirt,
right around the area that I’m digging in. And then I can taper the soil away from it. So, all I’m gonna do is make a little spin,
like this. And mark my spot, and now I can take
this out and start digging the hole. Take a close look at that shovel. That thing’s seen some, some holes. Hope it makes it through this dig. Okay, as you can see,
the dirt is below the upper lid, and then, we’ll put a level on here
to see how we’re looking. That’s looking good, and now I’ll just back fold the edges,
and compact it tight.
What I’m doing is just gently compacting
around these edges, patting soil in there. Cuz it’s kind of a cone shape,
as you can see. Okay! The hard part’s done. We got the hole dug,
we got our basin installed. Wanna show you how this top works. I have this port right here is where our,
our pump can go in and out. And we have a little cord notch right here. Now this right in the center is where we’ll. The hose will connect from
the bottom of the fountain. It’ll come down through here, and
underneath is where our pump will be.
And now, this sits on here like so. We’ll get the column set on there. Pump goes through here, cord comes out. Runs to the electricity. This thing is kinda stuck on there,
I’m not too worried about it because, I’m gonna cover this with cobble, and then
the water will slowly make it come apart. So now that we have this all fit into place,
I’ll position the column in there, make sure I like it,
before I start to do the plumbing. [MUSIC]