Things You'll Need
- Copper sheet (28 inches wide by 60 inches high)
- Sharp metal cutter
- Window planter box (30 inches wide by 10 inches deep)
- 2 copper pipes (cut to 62 inches each)
- Soldering tool
- Metal twister
- Waterfall kit (includes pump and disperser)
- Work gloves
- Drop cloth
- Carpenter's pencil
- Flathead screwdriver
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Stud finder
- Right angle impact driver
- 1/2-inch screws (2 or more)
- 1/4-inch lag screws (2 or more)
- Wall anchors
- L and J brackets
- Distilled water
Water features can add an ambiance to any room. A water fountain creates a relaxing and soothing environment in your space. This article will show you some steps to build your own copper wall fountain, and add beauty and tranquility to your space that will help you relax and filter out any noise that may be coming from your surroundings.
Find an empty wall in your house. Choose a wall that is easily visible so that people will notice it when they come into your home. Make sure that the wall has an electric socket so that you can plug in the water pump.
Mark the center of your wall. Use a stud finder to locate the stud. Measure the area of the wall so that you will have a better idea what size of copper wall fountain to build.
Get a window planter box that does not have any holes. This planter box will act as a water basin for your copper fountain. There are different materials to choose from such as resin, iron, terracotta and copper planter boxes. You can also buy a ready-made copper basin from select garden stores. Get one that measures at least 30 inches wide and 10 inches deep. You will use this as a measurement basis for your copper sheet.
Hang the window planter box or water basin using a couple of "J" brackets. Make sure that you hit the studs. Hang the basin at least 12 inches from the floor. Hanging it low will allow you to cut the copper sheet much longer so that it can hang taller for a better waterfall effect.
Cut the copper sheet to size, approximately 28 inches wide and 60 inches high. Use a sharp metal cutter or have it cut at the home improvement center. Cut the width based on the measurement of the window planter box opening and add at least 2 inches on each side so that it can easily roll into the copper tubing. Measure the height depending on how high you want the copper wall fountain to hang. Consider the overall height of the wall when measuring the length of the copper sheet. Leave enough space, at least 20 inches from the ceiling to the top of the copper wall fountain. Set the copper sheet aside.
Attach the two "L" brackets on the top of the wall using an impact driver. Use the 1/4 inch lag screws and drive them into the studs.
Set the water pump into the basin by attaching it with the suction cups. Then, plug the pump into the electric outlet.
Hang the water disperser on the upper bracket. Direct the tubing from the water dispenser into the window planter box or basin. To prevent water from splashing or spilling behind the fountain, you can cut a piece of foam that you can insert over the tubes. Cut out the bottom of the Styrofoam enough to fit on the rim of the basin. This also helps hold the tube in place.
Put the hose clamp around the water tubing and then connect the end of the tube to the pump. Tighten the hose clamp around the connection but avoid over tightening, which will cause it to crack.
Measure the copper tubing to use as support for the copper sheet. Cut 2 pieces of copper tubing, each measuring at least 2 inches longer than the metal sheet, in this case approximately 62 inches each. Cut the copper tubing using a hacksaw.
Roll each side of the copper sheet over the copper tubing. Tighten the roll for support.
Solder on each end of the metal sheet by using a soldering tool. This will lock the ends together.
Bend each top end of the copper tubing to form a loop using a metal twister or a wrench.
Mark the location on the wall where you will hang each copper tubing loop, preferably leveled to the water disperser. Then drill wall anchors.
Drill down the screw on each side. Do not screw too tight to allow the loop enough space.
Hang each copper tubing loop on each screw. Tighten each screw to stabilize the hold on each loop.
Align the water disperser right at the top of the newly hung copper sheet.
Cover with decorative cornice board above to hide the tubes and disperser.
Add gravel and water in the window planter box or water basin.
Turn on the pump. Check if the water flow is right. You can run your fingers where the water flows and spread the water from side to side to give it an even distribution. Adjust tubing and pump as necessary.
Use distilled water instead of plain tap water to prevent build-up of water stain on the copper sheet. Add a few water loving trailing plants to add a touch of greenery for a more natural look.
Use work gloves when handling the copper sheet to prevent cuts. Use eye protection when using the soldering tool.
Josienita Borlongan is a full-time lead web systems engineer and a writer. She writes for Business.com, OnTarget.com and various other websites. She is a Microsoft-certified systems engineer and a Cisco-certified network associate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Saint Louis University, Philippines.