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Old 21-11-2005, 04:17 PM posted to alt.garden.pond.chat
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"sanchez" wrote:

Hi,

I wasn't going to put a water feature in my garden but as time has gone
on I have decided that the extra dimension would be welcome. I have a
low voltage cable that I have already laid at the bottom of my garden
so I am limited to a low voltage pump. Whilst at the garden centre
yesterday, I saw this water featu http://tinyurl.com/drt6q
I think this stainless tower would look fantastic down the bottom of my
garden, on a slate bed with some grasses in front of it, lit up a night.
I have 2 issues, firstly all these kits come with a high voltage pump,
which I can't use and secondly, the price seems way high. I can get a
stainless tower made to my spec for about 60, Im guessing but I'm
sure I can get a decent pump for around 100.

Why pay nearly 300 when I can build one for half that price? It seems
to me that the only reason these features use a high voltage pump is
that the whole of the tower contains water, what a waste of energy!
Wouldn't a more economical solution be to weld and seal plates 6 from
the top, then drill a hole in it for the hose to go through? Then when
the trough fills, it spills over the front. If you made the front edge
5mm lower than the back, the water would fall over the front and you
hardly notice the difference in height. In conclusion, hopefully
because less water is being used, the pump can be less powerful
therefore a low voltage one can be used. Can anyone recommend a pump
and suggest anyways helping the planning and production of this
project? How do I work out how powerful I need the pump to be? How will
I know how much water I need to move?

I don't know that I've ever heard of a low voltage pump. How many gallons of
water do you need to move every hour?


San Diego Joe
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