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How To Install an Outdoor Water Source

Follow these steps to produce an outdoor water source to dispense water around the yard.

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Step 1: Research the Pump Site

Before purchasing a pump, take time to find out the length and degree of rise to the pump site for the intake and discharge lines. This information is necessary for the pump to work properly in your location. You will need to run power to the pump site. Generally, the electrical and plumbing lines should be buried in separate trenches. Check your local electrical codes. Also, it's a good idea to build some type of weatherproof shelter to keep the elements away from the pump unit.

Step 2: Set the Foundation

First, establish where the intake or foot valve should be located and where the pump needs to be installed. Next, build a stable base for the pump using several four-inch cap blocks to create a stable foundation. Then, set the pump in place. Once the area has been prepared, you’re ready to set up the foot valve.

establish location of intake or foot valve

Step 3: Tighten the Fitting Into the Foot Valve

To install the foot valve, tighten the transition fitting into the valve, then insert into the intake line. Secure with a hose clamp. Tighten the clamp using a screwdriver.

tighten fitting into foot valve

Step 4: Place the Valve in a Stone-Filled Bucket

Fill a bucket about three inches deep full of small stones, then insert the foot valve and fill the bucket with more stones. This creates a second filter to keep debris out of the pump. Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for additional water intake.

place valve in stone filled bucket

Step 5: Sink the Bucket Into the Pond

Sink the bucket and the foot valve in the deepest part of the pond. It’s now time to move on to connecting the intake and outtake lines to the pump.

sink bucket into pond

Step 6: Attach the Intake Pipe

Cut your pipe to length and attach the intake pipe to a union. Contour the pipe to the fitting on the pump. Secure with two hose clamps.

attach intake pipe

Step 7: Create a Brass Header

Create a brass header, which consists of a pressure gauge and silcock on the pump discharge. A union valve union is also a good idea for easy winterizing.

create brass header

Step 8: Run the Discharge Pipe

Attach the 3/4 inch discharge pipe and begin the run to your spigot location. Remember to run water and electric in two separate trenches according to local codes. You can now move on to assembling the hydrant. Before turning the pump on, prime it by filling it with water.

run discharge pipe

Step 9: Solder the Copper and Wing 'T'

Use 3/4 inch copper and about 24 inches to a wing 'T' and solder together. Next, attach a spigot. Continue up to a 90-degree angle with a 4-way silcock.

solder the copper and wing T

Step 10: Add Accessories to the Spigot

From this point, multiple accessories can be added to the spigot.

multiple accessories can be added to spigot