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How to Assemble a Waterfall Pump

DIY Network experts show how to assemble a waterfall pump with foam over the tubes to prevent any water from splashing behind the water fountain.

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Step 1: Attach the Top Bracket

Attach the top bracket to the wall with an impact driver, driving the 2-1/4 inch lag screws into the studs.

attach top bracket to wall

Step 2: Loosen the First Screw

Leave the first lag screw a little loose. This makes it easier to plumb the bracket before tightening the screw.

Step 3: Set the Basin

Set the basin on the J brackets. A copper basin is a natural bacteria killer.

set copper basin on J brackets

Step 4: Set and Plug In the Pumps

Set the pumps into the basin, attaching them with the suction cups. Each slate gets it own pump so there are three pumps in all (image 1). Plug in the pumps into the outlet (image 2), and make sure the pumps don’t run dry.

Step 5: Hang and Direct the Tubing

Hang the three water dispersers on the upper bracket (image 1). Direct the tubing from the water disperser into the basin (image 2).

Step 6: Tighten the Hose Clamp

Put the hose clamp around the tubing and connect the end of the tube to the pump. Tighten the hose clamp around the connection. Be careful not to over tighten the pump outlet fitting or it will crack.

tighten hose clamp around connection

Step 7: Clean Out the Hose

If the water disperser gets clogged from debris that falls into the basin, use a paper clip to clean out the hose.

Step 8: Hide the Cord

Hide the cord from the light valence behind the top bracket before the slate gets installed.

hide cord from light valence behind top bracket

Step 9: Insert Foam Pieces

To prevent water from splashing behind the fountain, insert foam pieces over the tubes at each cutout in the pan. This also holds the tube in place.

insert foam pieces over tubes at each cutout

Step 10: Clean the Slate

Clean the slate with a cotton cloth and water.