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When choosing a wall fountain to enhance a particular interior or exterior wall, it is important to “know your wall.” Construction of the wall determines the ease or difficulty of fountain installation. You need to know whether there is adequate support for a wall water fountain behind finished interior walls and how to ensure that wood, stone, stucco or brick exterior walls can take the weight.
Some wall water fountains are very heavy and become even heavier when water is added. These wall fountains require more expertise for installation. Never hang a wall fountain (or heavy artwork) from a sheet rock or plaster wall with no stud and anchor support. When in doubt about wall support, choose wall fountains constructed of fiberglass that looks like authentic weathered stone. They appear to be heavy but are surprisingly lightweight. Also consider the depth of the fountain. Some wall fountains protrude only an inch or two from the wall; others have a depth of 6” or more. Make sure the fountain will not become a location obstacle.
Recruit an assistant to help balance and support the fountain while it is being attached to the wall. To avoid running electric connection cords down the wall to a floor outlet, install an outlet directly behind the wall mounted fountain. While the electrician is there, have them also connect the fountain to a wall switch for easy on and off. Read how to install a wall fountain instructions carefully before beginning installation. Then, follow the instructions step-by-step. Fill the fountain with distilled water and enjoy.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|