Building A Bamboo Water Fountain

Building A Bamboo Water Fountain

Add an effect of a garden with a bamboo water fountain. Here are some ways to create a bamboo water fountain. Cut a section of a 2-inch diameter bamboo pole to 12 or more inches long. Make the cut straight and perpendicular across the bamboo’s diameter just above one of the nodes using a miter box and hand-held miter saw while wearing safety glasses. Cutting above a node creates a closed “cap” at that end of the bamboo section. Cut a 1/2-inch diameter bamboo pole to 5 to 7 inches long, making it free of nodes, to create the fountain’s spout. Secure the 2-inch diameter bamboo section in a pipe vise clamp. Drill though the section’s interior membranes at each node with an electric drill, 1/2-inch spade bit and spade bit extension, but leave the section’s “cap” membrane intact.¬†Drill a 1/2-inch hole perpendicular to and near the top of the 2-inch diameter bamboo section. Insert in that hole the 1/2-inch diameter bamboo section’s end with the straight edge, making a snug fit.

Thread 3/8-inch diameter flexible tubing into the angled end of the 1/2-inch diameter bamboo section, which is the spout. Push the tubing through the rest of the spout and down the hollow, 2-inch diameter bamboo water fountain section. Trim the tubing at the spout’s angled end with a utility knife, and adjust the tubing.¬†Hammer a 1-foot section of 1/2-inch diameter rebar 6 inches vertically into the ground where the fountain will be located. Hold the 2-inch diameter bamboo section so that its cap end and the spout are on top, and slide its bottom end over the exposed rebar. Connect the excess end of the flexible tubing to a submersible pump. Submerge the pump, and plug it into a grounded power source.

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