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Old 01-10-2009, 05:43 PM
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Hi,

Has anyone here ever built a water feature or a fountain? Iím considering building a small one, but as a water fountain for my cats. Obviously it would need an external water source, but what Iím trying to find out about are shutoff valves, and how to automatically maintain a given water level. Granted, itís something any toilet can do, but I was hoping for something a bit more decorative.

I found a project I liked in ďThe Family HandymanĒ but the directions are a little sketchy. Thatís unusual, they usually give very good directions. I think it was self-contained anyway, but I still like the basic planter design.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:06 PM
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Archena,
you could always use the inverted water bottle to maintain a given water height. As the level drops, to a lower level than the outlet of the bottle, water flows in and stops when the correct level is maintained.
Only disadvantage is that you will need to fill the container manually rather than to rig up proper and more expensive plumbing water level controlling mechanisms.
Advantages are more with no huge mess if something goes wrong before you detect it, portable, non permanent, cheap and easy to make, easily decorated, etc.

Cheers.

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Old 01-10-2009, 07:49 PM
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Thanks Neil, but I already have those. Actually, they come in a 5 gallon size. I use them whenever I’m away.

What I’m wanting to do is make something that provides flowing water, and doesn’t require daily filling. Providing some extra humidity for my plants won’t hurt my feelings either.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:25 PM
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I have a bit of a legacy on water features. My dad was totally about home landscaping.

Our house and yard was the subject of articles in some home magainzines back in the 70's. Including House and Garden. I was 10 or 11 at the time and was amazed to see myself in a national magazine. At bit ashamed of it now.... wearing blue plaid shorts.....

Since then - I've built several with and with out my dad (sad he's gone) and had a few flops... Let me know how I can help!

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We were given one of these as a gift, and it works great. The tank is good for several days with two cats:

The Continuously Freshening Feline Drinking Fountain. at Hammacher Schlemmer
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:11 PM
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Hi Archena,
found this drinking fountain and immediately thought of your needs.

AUTO-FILL LARGE ANIMAL WATER BOWL (NEW) - eBay Other Supplies, Dogs, Pet Supplies, Home. (end time 25-Jan-09 21:32:14 AEDST)

It is in Adelaide but should be available world wide as it is in an ebay sellers warehouse.
I buy a bit from him and it is generally good stuff.

Try : eBay Australia - Buy or sell practically anything on eBay, the world's online marketplace

and search for "ozmestore1"

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Old 01-18-2009, 06:34 PM
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Dmun: Thanks, but that's too small. A gallon wouldn't last two days - or one in the summer. I have more than a few cats...

Nevermind how many...

Neil: That's perfect!!!! Thanks!!!!

Yippie!!!!
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