Q: My wife wants an in-ground water fountain in the front yard, and I have no experience installing one. Is this even a DIY project or should I call a professional?
A: Actually, many home-improvement centers sell do-it-yourself fountain kits that simplify installation. The basic kits typically include a liner and a pump. The pump is the primary piece of equipment needed to power the fountain. You’ll be surprised how simple it is to actually make a water feature work—the toughest part is the digging. You’ll have to dig out the basin or pond area, fill it with the liner and connect the water supply and pump. The required water pressure for fountains varies. Whether you’re spraying the water upward, or building up rocks and allowing the water to trickle down, different pump pressures will be required. You’ll need to match the rated pressure of the fountain to the pump, or experiment with how much pressure you need to create the desired water effect.