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4 top 5 water fountains

Top 5 – Outdoor Fountains

You feel as if you are missing something in your outdoor entertaining space, or garden, try adding one of these outdoor fountains.  These are exactly what you’ve been looking for. Add that WOW factor, and bring a natural element into your vision. The relaxing and soothing sound of babbling water as it cascades down a beautiful fountain. This can be achieved with minimal effort. Perhaps building your own water garden isn’t for you. These can be the answer you have been looking for. These top 5 outdoor fountains don’t disappoint.  Create a sense of “Zen” and relaxation right in your own backyard.

Instant Water Feature

These outdoor fountains can be immediately incorporated to create a peaceful space. Simply add water and plug them in. Let the sounds of flowing water wash over you and melt your stress away. These are perfect for anyone living in an apartment or any arrangement where digging a pond is not feasible. Here are my top 5 picks for creating a peaceful space with minimal effort.

#1 – Glenville Water Pump Outdoor Fountain

glenville water fountainThis is a great option if you have limited space and still want some greenery. This fountain has room for plantings, and offers a wonderful sound to any space. Made from fiberglass resin it can be used indoors or outdoors. This fountain comes with everything you need, a 15’ long power cord that plugs into a standard 110v outlet.

Weighing in at just 22 lbs, it would be the perfect addition to any deck or patio for the summer months. Because of its lightweight, can be easily moved indoors for winter, so you can still enjoy the peaceful sound of gurgling water all year long.

Dimensions: 32” high x 15” wide x 15” deep

glenville fountain

Price: $145.83

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#2 – Tuscan Faux Stone Patio Outdoor Fountain

tuscan water fountainThis is a perfect choice for someone who wants to add that little extra to their garden space. There are two spouts of cascading water that flows into two urns. It is the perfect accent for indoors or out. Featuring halogen or LED lights, depending on your bulb preference. Creating a warm glow at night, this outdoor fountain will prove to be the focal point of any patio, garden or deck. Weighing in at just 33 lbs., makes it no problem to move inside for the winter months.

Dimensions: 31.5” high x 19” wide x 19” deep

tuscan water fountain

 

Price: $249.99

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#3 – Mason Faux Stone Floor Fountain

Mason cascading fountatainHere is another lighted fountain that will add some ambiance, and peacefulness to your space. The three small spouts in each bowl produce a soothing peaceful sound.

Shipped with a halogen bulb that can easily be replaced with LED. This fountain is created from a cast poly-resin, making it extremely lightweight before water is added at only 26 lbs., making seasonal moves a breeze. It features a 6’ power cord, creating an instant enchanting atmosphere.

Dimensions: 35″ high x 15″ wide x 16.5″deep

mason cascading fountain

Price $249.99

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#4 – Asian Garden Tiered Fountain With LED Light

Asian style water fountainAdd a touch of the orient to your space with this beautiful three tiered fountain. This fountain would be a wonderful addition around your koi pond, or add a touch of life to your patio or deck. The LED lighting makes this a spectacular focal point for any space. For indoor and outdoor use, weighing in at 34 Lbs. and can easily be moved to the perfect location. This Zen fountain will add peace and tranquility to any space.

Dimensions: 39” high x 17” wide x 17” deep

Asian fountain

Price: $239.95

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#5 – Modern Sphere Curve Outdoor Fountain

modern sphere fountain close upThe contemporary design brings a natural element to any modern design. The luxurious look created by the warmly lit bowls set a relaxing vibe to any space indoors, or out. Create a “Zen” atmosphere by adding this fountain to your space.
Dimensions: 39.5” high x 16.5” wide x 18” deep

modern sphere water fountain

Price: $249.95

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Conclusion

So there are my picks for the top 5 outdoor fountains I would add to my garden, patio, or deck space. The great thing about all these fountains is that they are lightweight, which makes moving them for the off-season a breeze. This allows you to bring an element of the outdoors inside for the winter months. Don’t wait until the season is over, pick one and enjoy it now and all season long.

I always love to hear what you think. Please leave any questions or comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. The seasons go by quickly, so don’t hesitate, get yours today!

 

5 Homitt grill cover

Homitt 600D Heavy Duty Grill Cover

Homitt 600D Heavy Duty Grill Cover

PRICE: $19.99

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https://amzn.to/2vDubGlYou work hard to get the things you want and have. Once you have them, sometimes keeping them in pristine condition can be a challenge.  When it comes to an outdoor kitchen dealing with mother nature takes its toll on your equipment. With no shelter from the weather the best solution is to cover your grill with a custom fit grill cover.

This is for anyone who has a grill that is outside in the elements’ with no shelter. Keeping your grill protected from the elements’ will help to prevent rust and premature deterioration.

I have had countless grill covers over the years. I have had my current grill for 4 years now. I am on my second grill cover for this grill. What I have determined is these grill covers, no matter who makes them or what color they are, the sun deteriorates the material they are made of.

My grill is still in decent shape because when it isn’t in use, I keep it covered. It is outside in the sun, rain and snow. The grill cover is a small price to pay for the protection year after year. I have purchased expensive heavy-duty grill covers in various colors with the same result. After about 2 years, the sun causes the material to break down and the cover needs to be replaced. All that being said, this is my cover of choice, the Homitt 600D Heavy Duty Grill Cover.

Overview

This cover comes in multiple sizes to fit just about any configuration. The widths available are 58, 60, 64, and 72 inches. It is 26” deep, and 51” high. There are Velcro straps on the side to secure it for a custom fit, and to keep the cover on during windy conditions.

grill cover UV protectionThe Homitt Cover is weather proof. It goes one step above most covers. The weak point in most covers as far as water protection goes is the fact that water can get in through the stitching at the seams. The Homitt on the other hand uses waterproof adhesive on all the sewn edges, making rain impermeable.

Another great feature about this cover is its layer of UV protection from the sun. There is a UV coating on the outer cover to protect it from the sun’s rays. This leads to less fading and deterioration.

Pros:

+ UV protection

+ Multiple sizes

+ Weather proof

+homitt grill cover Water proof seams

+ Handles for easy cover removal

+ Heavy duty 600D Oxford fabric

+ Wind resistant

+ Price

Cons:

– Will need to be replaced average every 2 years (any grill cover).

Final Thoughts

The deciding factor for me, when it comes to choosing a grill cover is price. They are all similar in their fabrication. When shopping for a cover, go in with the understanding that ANY grill cover will need to be replaced at least every 2 years if left out in the elements’ year round. That is why I give this cover a 4 out of 5. I have purchased much more expensive covers in the past all with the same result.

Any thoughts on any other covers? I am always looking for something better, but have not been able to find anything that will stand the test of time. If you have come across the holy grail of covers, please share. I welcome any thoughts or comments you may have. Thanks for sharing your comments below.

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Ignite LED Submersible Lighting by Anjon

Ignite LED Lighting by Anjon

Price: $69.00

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Anjon Ignite LED Pond and Landscape lightingWhen I purchased my pond kit, it only came with one submersible light. I was happy at the time, but now that everything is up and running, I wasn’t more. That’s the thing with this hobby, there is always one more thing you HAVE to have, and more lights in the water are no exception!

This is a 3 light kit that can be used in or out of the water. It comes with all the hardware you would ever need for just about any application. There is a base and ground spike, along with a post or tree cleat for mounting each light. I used them without any hardware, just placing them in the rocks and hiding the wire.

These are very well-made. They are made of solid polished brass, and have some weight to them. This is a three light kit. The lights are strung together in linear fashion with 5’ of wire in between them. The LED lights are of the soft white variety and give a warm glow above or below the water.

Energy efficient, each light is 1 watt producing 45 lumens of light. Bulb life is 40,000 hours. That’s 13.5 years, if they ran for 12 hours per day!

This kit comes with one 12-watt transformer, and a photo cell which turns the lights on and off based on darkness. Here is he best place to pick these up.

PROS:

+ Includes 3 lights

+ Includes photocell, for automatic on at dusk, off at dawn

+ 40,000 hour bulb life

+ Made of polished brass

+ Includes 15’ of wire from last light to photocell, then another 4’ from transformer to outlet

+ All mounting hardware is included

+ Warm natural light

+ Energy efficient 3-watt system

CONS:

-The lights are all strung on one line together

-Lights using the photocell stay on all night.

-Need a separate timer if you don’t want them on all night

Final Verdict

Backyard water garden gives the Anjon Ignite LED Lighting system 4.75 out of 5. The only reason it’s not a perfect 5 is for the simple fact all three lights are strung together. This limits their placement. However, one way around that is to use multiple kits for all your lighting needs. That is exactly what I may do in the future.

You can pick them up here. Get them before the season starts, so you can enjoy them all summer long!

This is an awesome lighting system, that will hold up for years with solid dependability. Unlike a lot of the other lights on the market that are made of cheap plastic, you can feel the solid quality. I highly recommend these lights to anyone looking for a submersible lighting system that won’t break the bank. If you have personal experience with these or any other types of submersible lights, or simply have a question please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Pond Algae Control – UV Light Installation

keep your pond water crystal clear without chemicals using UV light

The Answer to Your Prayers

crystal clear waterYou go out to the edge of your pond, expecting to watch your fish gracefully swim about. Then you realize you really can’t see much of anything. Even in the shallow depths, all that exists is a fog of green! Pond algae control is a MUST!  Nothing is more frustrating than spending time, money and energy putting in a pond and then have it turn into pea soup in a matter of weeks. The green pond water you see is caused by free floating algae in the water.

Pond algae control can be a daunting task. I’ve tried various chemical treatments, with minimal to no luck. This year is going to be different! Below is a video of how I fixed my algae problem for good.

Crystal Clear Water – Two Letters… UV

Clearing green pond water without the use of chemicals was my ultimate goal. I picked up a UV light on clearance at the end of the season last year, and have been patiently waiting for spring to install it.  Below is a picture straight out of the sterilizer manual showing its effective light range:

UV light sterilization range

I am going to walk through a typical installation for a UV light. The purpose of a UV light in a pond installation is to remove any free floating algae, and kill various parasites that may be present in the pond water. When selecting what light is best for you, be sure to calculate the size of your pond in gallons. If you don’t know the formula or how to calculate the size of your pond, click here.

Once the size of your pond is determined then you can size the light accordingly. It’s better to have a more powerful light than a light that is under powered for proper functioning.

When You Tried Everything

The use of a UV light was a last resort for me. I had an algae problem last year and it turned my water to pea soup. The only time I saw my fish was at feeding time, when they came to the surface. The algae does not harm the fish, but it makes me mental!

Below are the various ways you could potentially hook up your UV light. The setup I used was based on the layout of my pond. There are many ways to implement the use of a UV filter based on your ponds configuration. Here are three different configurations based on pond size. The pictures are from the UV light manual. Click here to download it.

Example #1

For ponds that are smaller, typically 1,000 gallons or less. These types of ponds usually have a pump in the bottom of the pond. Just be sure there is some sort of prefilter to stop large particles of debris from getting lodged in the light.

small pond UV light setup
Example #2

For medium-sized ponds, generally ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 gallons. This set up is for the use with a skimmer box and a waterfall unit. This is the setup I used in my pond. It works well because the water passing through the light has already gone through the skimmer box and has been filtered.

Medium pond UV light setup
Example #3

For larger ponds, 5,000 gallons or more. These setups have a bottom drain and skimmer box, along with multiple return lines to keep the water circulating.

Large pond UV light set up
The diversion manifold seen in example 2 is necessary to ensure proper flow rate through the light. Most waterfall pumps are too powerful to pump straight through the light thus reducing its effectiveness.

Green to Clear in 3-5 Days… Guaranteed!

It is important to understand the proper flow rate through your lighting system. If the rate is too high then the light cannot do its job effectively. The flow rate must be at or below recommended for this guarantee to be honored.

My return line is 2” (Line from skimmer box to waterfall), so I wanted to maintain that, and divert some water through the UV filter. By adding the PVC ball valves, it allows me to have more control over the whole system. I can now slow my waterfall down to a slow trickle if that’s the mood I want to set.

The flow rate through this particular filter is 589 – 983 GPH. My pump is running at 5200 GPH, so putting the light straight in line with my return line will not be effective. It is necessary to divert some water to flow through the light at a reduced rate. By diverting some water through the light, there was no real noticeable difference in water flow from the waterfall.

Before You Change Anything

Keep in mind that every time water that is pumped through your system goes through a 90 degree turn it loses some power. Keep this in mind if you plan on taking your return line through a lot of 90 degree turns.

Below are the specs for this particular brand of UV lights. Always be sure to check the specs before purchasing. I used a 40 watt light because my pond is approximately 2,700 gallons.

UV light specs
The main line is a 2” line, while the lines that run through the UV filter are reduced to 1.5”. This is because the water flowing through the light isn’t 100% of the water in the system. The light used has a specific recommended flow rate. It is large enough to handle the flow through the filter without being too large.

Another Option

A submersible light is another option for people that my have everything in place and don’t want to disturb the surrounding landscape.  This submersible light can be placed directly in the water.  It will require its own pump, or water could be routed through it using the existing plumbing.  Just be sure to get the proper size for your pond and be sure the flow rate is not too fast so the light can do what it was designed to do.  If your flow rate is too great the light will not be as effective as it could be.

Follow up

It is recommended that the light bulbs be changed every 13 months of operation. That gives me 2 years of bulb life. If you live in a warmer climate where you can enjoy your pond longer than 6 months a year, you will need to change the bulbs more often. SO…. drum roll… Here are the results!

UV light before and after
As you can see, the light has been really effective! I am super pleased with the results. I recommend this to anyone with a pond who wants crystal clear water. Once this light is in place, pond algae control is a thing of the past!

If you have any questions about installing a UV light, or would just like to share your own experiences, I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading.

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Outdoor Rattan Furniture -What to Know Before You Buy

Outdoor Rattan Furniture

So, you’ve done all the heavy lifting. You’ve planted all your flowers and plants. The gardens are weeded and mulched. You are finally at that point when it’s time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. When you look around, the closest thing you have to a comfortable chair is an old tree stump. You need to add some finishing touches to your outdoor living space. Time to get some comfortable furniture to sit back in and just enjoy your space.

Before you settle on authentic rattan furniture there is a few things you should know. Rattan and wicker are sometimes used interchangeably. The fact is that rattan is actually the material that the furniture is made of, where wicker is how it is woven together. Rattan is an extremely strong woody vine that grows in the jungle. It is know to reach heights of 100 feet or more. The woody vines vary in diameter from one to three inches. The vines are then steamed so they can be shaped and woven.

sunrise on the backyardThere is no doubt that rattan furniture is beautiful, however the problem lies with where it is used. If it is left out in the direct sun it will fade and start to break down. The natural rattan would be best suited under an overhang, or on a back porch where it isn’t exposed to the directly to the sun. This furniture is very versatile in that it can be used indoors or out, you just don’t want to leave it out on your pool deck all summer.

The set below is a great alternative to authentic outdoor rattan furniture.  It’s not just inexpensive garden furniture, this set has tremendous value.  That’s probably why it’s a #1 bestseller.

4 peice rattan set
dimensions

Lowest price: Amazon

If all you are looking for is the look of rattan, there are many synthetic alternatives that can stand up quite well to the summer sun. This solid 3 piece bistro set below for example, is the perfect size for a small deck or patio yet the chairs are wide and comfortable. The chair dimensions are: 30″ deep x 36″ wide x 31″ high. They have a powder coated iron frame, so they are built to last. The beige cushions will go with just about any decor and are made of weather resistant polyester fabric.

wicker bistro set

Who is This For, really?

First let’s look at our first criteria, size. Is size important? That’s the age old question that’s been puzzling man for centuries… Ok, get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about family size.  On average what size group of people do you entertain? If it’s just you and your significant other, then perhaps all that is needed is a quaint bistro set made for two. Just large enough for two large cups of coffee to sit by the water garden and enjoy in the morning sun.

Bistro sets come in all sorts of styles, like the one below for a more elegant modern feel. Picture yourself relaxing at the end of the day with a nice bottle of wine enjoying the beautiful sunset. The cushions are beige weather resistant fabric. The table and chairs have an aluminum frame, and the chairs have excellent lumbar support.

3 piece out door patio set
If you have a large family and need room for everyone then we are talking a whole other animal. Maybe you do have a large family, but you and your mate need that quiet time away from everyone, then again I go back to the bistro set.

Get Peace By Design

This sends a message to the others that you need to be left alone. Most of the time this works, and that’s coming from experience. When the kids see my wife and I at the small table they don’t bother us. There is no place for them to sit and join us. It’s a clever technique called the un-vitiation. The kids get the picture wink, wink. There are lots of sets to choose from. If the total wicker look isn’t your thing then how about these sturdy sets? Both are made with a powder coated steel frame. The table has a tempered glass top. Seat dimensions are: 24″D x 24″W x 28″H The reversible cushions and pillow are made of
3 piece bistro set3 piece bistro set
If you don’t have many people to entertain on a regular basis… you need to make more friends! All kidding aside, you will need enough seating for your typical band of guests. If you’re single you still may have a few friends over at a time, my suggestion is having enough seating for four at all times.

Where do You Entertain Most?

When people come over, or you are relaxing outside, where do you most often wind up? Are you out on your patio, under a large shade tree, out by the pool, or by the edge of your pond or fountain? These are all important because they will play a role as to what type, and how large your furniture set should be.

If you find yourself on your covered back porch, then you could use authentic rattan furniture. It will hold up nicely and suit you well. If space allows, get the largest set you can comfortably fit in your space. The wooden chat set below is the perfect addition to any patio or deck. It creates its own conversation corner in your outdoor space.

Once you have your location set, the next thing to take into consideration is your climate. Do you live in a warm climate where the furniture you get can be left out year round? I live in a place where we get to enjoy all 4 seasons. That means packing my outdoor stuff away for the winter months. Do need something that can stand up to winter and not have to be put away for the season? There are some pretty sturdy sets out there but they cost quite a bit more. If the ease of maintenance is the key for you then the price might not bother you.

Something For Any Lifestyle

No matter what your taste, there is an outdoor furniture set for everyone. Whether you live on a farm with rolling hills, or a high rise with a tiny balcony, you can find something to meet your taste. I hope you found this article helpful. I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment, or question below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Weber Spirit E-310 LP Gas Grill – A Grill For Everyday Use

Spirit E-310 LP Gas Grill

Weber spirit e-310 grillRegular Price $513.48

Sale Price $449.00

Anyone in the market for a new grill. This may be the one you’ve been looking for. It’s a perfect balance of price and features. With the Weber name you know you are getting quality. This mid-sized grill is built to last and will easily handle all your day to day grilling needs.

Overview

This is an affordable Weber grill with all the essentials that one could ask for. Large enough to roast a 20- pound turkey. The cast-iron cooking grates are porcelain lined to prevent food from sticking and are easy to clean. These grilling grates do not require seasoning. Cast iron is a great choice for grilling grates because of its heat retention capabilities. This grill comes complete with fuel gauge so you will never run out of fuel expectantly and leave your guests hungry. The grill shroud is porcelain enameled so it won’t rust, peel or fade. This grill features an electric crossfire ignition system, so all burners are lit at the same time. Providing an evenly heated cooking surface with precision control.

weber spirit e-310Features

  • Warming Rack
  • All metal cabinet to fully enclose propane tank
  • Fuel tank gauge
  • Porcelain coated cast iron grilling grates
  • Ignition crossover to light all burners at once
  • Two side “wings” large enough for plates, utensils and spices
  • Cast aluminum cooking box and shroud
  • 32,000 BTU
  • 529 square inches of total cooking space
  • Side wings fold down to make the grill even more compact
  • Three stainless steel burners

More Specs:

Dimensions fully assembled: 63 inches x 52 inches x 32 inches

Pros

+Cast aluminum cooking box will even outlast stainless steel in most cases

+Solid build

+One button ignition

+Precision control

+Grease management system

+Great customer service

+Engineered to create the perfect meal every time.

Cons

-No propane tank included

-No side burner

-Small casters to move grill

Final thoughts

Grilling season is once again upon us, and this grill is a great choice for any back yard. It has all the features you need and the Weber name that is synonymous with quality. The price point won’t break the bank either. It is on Amazon’s best seller list for a reason. I like the Spirit better than the Spirit II, for the simple fact that it the Spirit hides the propane tank in the cabinet, where the Spirit II it’s out in the open.

The Weber Spirit is a solid grill, great price, what more could you ask for. If you have any comments on this grill, or recommendations for a different grill, I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below, and I will be happy to respond as soon as possible.

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DAMO Variable Speed Stone Polisher + 5” Wet Polishing Kit

DAMO Variable Speed Stone Polisher + 5” Wet Polishing Kit for Concrete Floor / Countertop

Bring the life out in your project with the DAMO variable speed stone polisher.  You’ve meticulously built your form, poured and vibrated your concrete, and are left with nothing but a raw slab of concrete.  Are you ready to bring out the beauty and wow factor that your job deserves?  With this DAMO polisher watch the “magic” right before your eyes as you transform your masterpiece!

DAMO Variable Speed Stone PolisherFeatures:

  • Variable speed feedback system
  • Optimized gear ratios
  • Variable Speed 700 – 3,000 RPM
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
  • Garden hose / faucet adaptor
  • Lock on switch
  • Splash Guard
  • “C” handle
  • Side handle
  • Water control valve
  • Set of DAMO 5” polishing pads

Variable Speed Feedback System – This newly upgraded feature sends information to the motor to keep the RPM at a steady pace whether it is under a load or not.  This helps in maintaining an even finish throughout your project.

Optimized Gear Ratio – This redesign allows for increased torque output.

Variable Speed – This is a necessary feature when changing grits to achieve maximum smoothness on your finish.  The higher the grit, the higher the RPM.

GFCI – Keeps the operator protected from electricity leaks.  Always use caution when mixing electricity and water.

concrete polishing padsLock on switch, Splash guard, and side and “C” Handle – Allow for maximum control of the operator, while making it easier and more efficient to operate.

Water control valve – Adjust just enough water to keep the polishing pads from heating up.  Running excess water will create a situation where the motor could be exposed to water.  If this happens, as a safety feature the unit will shut down and not operate until the motor completely dries.

Set of DAMO 5” polishing pads – Set of 7 pads, grits included are as follows: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, and 3000.

Pros:

  • Cost
  • Features
  • Easy to use
  • 5” disk diameter

Cons:

  • Temporary shut off if motor gets wet, causing down time until the motor dries.
  • Messy
  • Too small for doing a large floor
    1. horsepower

polished concreteOther Specs:

Weight 6.5 pounds

Dimensions 18” x 6” x 8”

120 volts, 800 watts, 7 Amps

Spindle 5/8 – 11

Conclusion:

Whether you’re polishing a small bathroom counter, or an entire kitchen, the DAMO hand held concrete polisher is the tool for the job.  Because of its size, it can get into hard to reach areas.  You can accomplish beautiful results at an affordable price.

The picture above is the finish you can accomplish using this polisher.  This is the result of polishing standard concrete mix.  This is the same polisher I used in the DIY polishing concrete countertops article.  It is a very cost effective tool, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to try and finish concrete for any reason, or application.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.  If you have any experience with this item and would like to leave your own review, please leave it below.

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Patriot Large Koi Pond Kit

Patriot

20 x 25 Large Koi Pond Kit 5500 GPH Pump Big Bahama 26 Inch Waterfall and PondBuilder Skimmer LH2

Backyard garden pond kits are the easiest way to get started creating your perfect backyard retreat. There are lots of choices and sizes available. Hopefully this review will help you choose the right backyard pond waterfall kit for you.  The pond featured in the DIY tutorial was a kit. The specs can be found below. If you aren’t a seasoned professional, it takes a lot of the guess work out of selecting the right equipment. Another reason to go this route would be the assurance that all the parts will go together, and you have everything you will need to complete your project.

Patriot Large Koi Pond KitIncluded with this kit:

  • 20’ x 25’ 45mil Anjon Lifeguard EPDM pond liner
  • 20’ x 25’ Underguard geotextile underlayment
  • Big frog Eco drive 5,500 GPH pump
  • 26” Big Bahama filtering waterfall
  • Pondbuilder 8” skimmer
  • 25’ of 2” flexible pipe
  • waterfall foam
  • 1 submersible light
  • 1 check valve
  • Starter bacteria
  • All necessary fittings, hardware and installation instructions

This kit will build a typical 13’ x 18’ fish pond with an average depth of 3’. The perfect size to keep fish. This will be a 5,250 – gallon pond. Keep in mind it’s easier to maintain a larger volume of water than a smaller one due to the fact that less water allows for big swings in the health of the water and temperature.

20’ x 25’ 45mil Anjon Lifeguard EPDM pond liner – This is the choice of professional pond builders and do it yourselfers alike. This pond is warranted for life as long as it is used in conjunction with the provided underlayment.

big frog pumpBig frog Eco drive 5,500 GPH pump – This pump has high quality seals, and uses no oil so it is safe for fish. Contains an overload sensor to prevent pump burn out. It is engineered for 24-hour continuous use. Low energy consumption, and will pass through objects up to ¼”.

exploded view big bahama waterfallBig Bahama filtering waterfall – The BB2600 is from Atlantics’ pro series. It offers a 2” bulkhead for maximum water flow. This unit provides biological water filtration. The bio-tech mats help in creating ecosystem balance. This unit can be easily hidden into the landscape, while at the same time giving you ease of access which aids in routine maintenance. Comes with a lifetime warranty for the enclosure. Dimensions: 34.5” L x 25” W x 23” H

Pondbuilder 8” skimmer – From Pondbuilders’ Elite series, these are designed to skim away any debris before it has a chance to fall to the bottom of your pond. This skimmer offers 2 stage mechanical filtration, when working in conjunction with the biological filtration provided by the waterfall unit, creates a perfect balance for a crystal clear pond. This skimmer box houses the pump and protects it. The Pondbuilder skimmer also comes with a natural cover lid to blend into the surrounding landscape.

backyard waterfallWaterfall Foam – This is essential when building your pond with a waterfall. The foam is used to make sure the water flows over your falls, and not behind it. Also it is vital to add to the stability of your stone and rock work, stabilizing as you build. The dark grey foam is easily camouflaged into the landscape.

Submersible Light – This extends your enjoyment of your water feature into the evening and night hours. Low energy consumption and bright light. Watch your fish swim at night.

Check Valve – This attaches to your pump to prevent water from flowing backwards from your waterfall into your skimmer box if there is ever a power failure.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Convenience

Cons:

  • Realizing you should have gone bigger!

The Verdict:

This Kio pond kit truly is everything you need to get your pond up and running besides the rocks. Above is a picture of what can be accomplished using this pond kit.  When priced individually this kit would cost upwards of $1,600 and that’s not even including all the pipe fittings and light. Save yourself time and money, and do what I did. Purchase a pond kit for your project, and start building your at home getaway today! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you. Best of luck on your future projects!

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Weber Summit 7370001 S-670 – Review

Weber Summit 7370001 s-670


The Weber Summit 7370001 s-670 does not disappoint!  You put a lot of time, effort and money into your outdoor oasis, don’t cut corners now.  You want something as well built and sturdy as the stone walls around it.  Let’s be honest… you get what you pay for, most of the time.  The Weber Summit 7370001 s-670 is no exception!  Webers flagship model is a high end grill for people who expect nothing but the best.

Weber Summit 7370001 S-670Features:

  • Cast aluminum hood and cook box
  • Stainless steel cooking grates 9mm in diameter
  • Six stainless steel burner tubes
  • Individual burner ignition system
  • Flavorizer bars
  • Grease management system
  • Side burner
  • Smoker burner
  • Sear station burner
  • Infrared rotisserie burner
  • 10 Year Warranty

Weber Summit 7370001 S-670 Stainless-Steel 769-Square-Inch 60,800-BTU Liquid-Propane Gas Grill

Cost $2,499

Weber Summit 7370001 S-670Cast Aluminum – One of the best features of this particular grill is the fact that the cook-box and shroud are made of cast aluminum.  Extremely durable, to withstand the heat.  The cast aluminum shroud and cook box will typically outlast any quality of stainless steel.  This makes maintenance easy.  The shape of the hood and cooking area is designed specifically for moving the heat around evenly, weather using a direct or indirect cooking method.

Cooking Grates – The 9mm stainless steel cooking grates produce beautiful sear marks and hold heat extremely well.  The stainless steel also allows for easy clean up.

Weber Summit 7370001 s-670Burner Tubes – These burner tubes are one piece with no weak points from being wielded together.  This helps resists rust and burn through.  The grill design protects the burners from grease and cooking fluids by way of the flavorizer bars.

Individual Burner Ignition System – This feature allows you to ignite only the burners you want to use, without having to light all the burners, then extinguish the ones not used.

Flavorizer Bars – Created by Webber who coined the phrase flavorizer bar.  These bars catch food and drippings, which create wonderful smoke to add flavor to the food being grilled.  The excess that isn’t vaporized follows a channel down to the grease management system.

Weber Summit 7370001 s-670Grease Management System – This system keeps the grill at optimum performance with low maintenance.  Juices from meat hit the flavorizer bars, and the leftover grease runs down a channel, onto an angled grease pan.  The grease pan is angled which forces the grease down into the grease pan located well below the burners to prevent fire.  The grease pan is easily removed from the front, for cleaning, and the grease pan is disposable, making periodic cleaning a breeze.

Side Burner – This adds even more versatility by allowing the grill-master to muti-task.

Weber Summit 7370001 s-670Smoker Burner – 6,800 BTU smoker box will add smokey flavor to any grilled meal

Sear Station Burner – Keeping the heat in one space provides instant intense heat for searing, and locking in the flavor!

Infrared Rotisserie Burner – This rear mounted burner offers 10,600 BTU’s to put heat directly towards the spit.  The cart below has storage for the fork. The rotisserie motor is a flip up design allowing it to be tucked away when not in use.

Other Features:

  • Front locking casters
  • Stainless steel cabinet doors
  • Tool hooks for hanging grilling tools
  • LED fuel level indicator (on propane model)
  • 2 Stainless steel work surfaces
  • Hood thermometer

Dimensions:

57.1 inches High

74.1 inches Wide

30 inches Deep

Pros:

  • Precision temperature control
  • fuel efficiency
  • easy to clean
  • even heat distribution
  • built for everyday use
  • quality construction
  • easy to assemble
  •  smoker box is easy to get to and clean
  • 10 year warranty

Cons:

  • This grill comes in either Natural gas, or propane.  There is no conversion kit available.
  • Cost

Final Thoughts:


The features on this grill are second to none.  A solid professional grade outdoor appliance that will last for years.   The 10 year warranty means weber stands behind their product.  The ultimate fine tuning temperature controls gives any grill-master the advantage they need to be the talk of the neighborhood.  The features and quality outweigh the cost of this amazing grill.

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Garden Waterfall Pumps – The Heartbeat of Your Pond

Garden waterfall pumps come in all shapes and sizes. This article will help you learn what to look for when planning your backyard water garden, so you can create the feature of your dreams.

Garden Waterfall Pumps – Let There Be Life


Before we start the discussion, it’s a good idea to have your pond on its own dedicated GFCI protected electrical circuit. Some larger pumps can draw quite a bit of power.

First thing to do is decide what kind of pond or water garden you want. Are you picturing a quiet trickle, so you can still hear the birds singing, or a rushing falls that creates a lot of white noise. Remember when choosing a garden waterfall pump, you can always place an inline flow valve to adjust the rate of water flow. You can always slow the water down, but you can not make it flow faster than the pump will allow, so be sure to get a pump that surpasses your needs if possible.

When I built my pond, I didn’t realize the impact a rushing waterfall would have on the noise level. Now my backyard is filled with white noise. It’s a soothing sound, but I don’t hear the birds singing … or the kids arguing, so it’s not all bad!

The Technical Stuff


computer components Submersible waterfall pumps are measured by gallons per hour (gph). The higher the gph, the more powerful the pump. There is also a measurement for head height. This is the maximum height that the pump can pump from your skimmer box to your waterfall feature.

Think of it like driving a car. When you are driving down a flat road, you keep your foot on the gas at a minimum to maintain your speed. Now when you approach a hill, you have to step on the gas to maintain the same speed as you ascend. Using this logic, you will need a pump that will push enough water through and up so you can achieve your desired result. This is known as head.

When doing your final calculations, know that you will need 1′ of head for every 90 degree turn in your line, as well as 1′ of head for every 10′ of length in your return line.

Go With The Flow

Depending on the type of waterfall you desire, decide on a flow rate. Then you multiply your GPH by the width of the spillway. Here are some examples of a typical 24-inch wide waterfall spillways at different flow rates:

  • Slow flow with a 24″ spillway is 100 GPH so: 24″ X 100 GPH = 2,400 GPH
  • Moderate flow with a 24″ spillway 150 GPH so: 24″ X 150 GPH = 3,600 GPH
  • Rushing flow with a 24″ spillway is 200 GPH so: 24″ X 200 GPH = 4,800GPH

When designing and building your pond, you also will need the proper sized water line. The larger the line, the less restricted the water flow. In other words a 2″ water line will push more water through it than a 1.5″ water line, regardless of the size of your pump. Your system will only be as powerful as its weakest link. If you have a powerful pump and a small water line your flow will be hindered, as well as a large water line and a weak submersible water pump.
Below is a chart for the recommended size water line to be used for a waterfall return line based on your desired flow rate:

Choosing The Right Pump


Using all that we’ve discussed above, its time to put everything together before you make your choice of which pump to purchase. To calculate it use the following formula:

Height of the waterfall + 1′ for every 90 degree turn + 1′ for every 10′ of line used

This means you will need a pump that has your desired GPH at the given feet of head. For example:

For a moderate flowing waterfall that is 3′ high and has 2 elbows and 15′ of water line, you will need a pump that produces 3,600 GPH at 6.5′ of head. This can be found in the specs of any given pump you intend to purchase.

Building Out Your System


Another thing to be sure of, is that your pump is circulating the water completely at least once every hour. To be sure this happens get a pump whose GPH exceeds the volume of your water garden. One cubic foot of space takes 7.43 gallons of water to fill. Knowing that, depending on the shape of your pond, use the following formulas (all calculations are done in feet)

For a rectangular pond: length x width x average depth x 7.43 = Total volume in gallons

For an oval pond: 0.8 x length x width x average depth x 7.43 = Total volume in gallons

This helps to maintain a healthy pond. Also, moving water cuts down on mosquitoes and other pests.

Product Reviews


Now that you know what you are looking for, here is a comparison of some popular garden waterfall pumps, submersible and ready for action .  Any one of these will get you started in the right direction.

We are comparing a few different style pumps all with similar GPH to compare. Its good to compare “apples to apples”. The head height to GPH ratio chart for each pump is for the whole family of that brand of pump.

I’m only comparing pumps that are in the 5200 GPH range, because that is what I am most familiar with. That is the GPH of the pump featured in the how to build a pond tutorial.

Alpine Pumps

Alpine pumps come in wide array of sizes to meet all of your needs.Alpine waterfall pump

Features:

  • Submersible water pump with energy efficient design
  • Ceramic impeller shafts for long life
  • Vortex impeller has a large pre-filter
  • Vortex can be dissembled without tools
  • Available in 2100 to 8000 GPH sizes
  • 10 in. L x 6 in. W x 7 in. H
  • Pump can be used vertical or horizontal

Alpine PAL5200 5200GPH Cyclone Pump, 33′


Aquasurge by Aquascape

AquaSurge 5000

Features:

  • 5,284 GPH max flow rate
  • 24′ max head height
  • Asynchronous motor
  • 360 watts
  • 3 Amps
  • 20′ power cord
  • 1.5″ discharge diameter
  • dimensions 12 x 5.5 x 7 inches (LxWxH)
  • 3 year Warranty

This pump also features a variable water flow controller, so you adjust flow rate on the fly!

Aquascape AquaSurge 5000 GPH Submersible Pond Pump 91020 with Exclusive BONUS Promotional Magnet Calendar


Patriot

Aqua Pulse 5200 GPH Hybrid Drive Submersible Pump – Up To 5,200 GPH Max Flow

Features:Patriot waterfall pump

  • High flow, energy efficient hybrid drive technology combines the high flow characteristics of a direct drive pump with the energy saving efficiency of a mag drive pump
  • Asynchronous drive motor can be controlled with variable speed controller (not included) that permits you to increase or decrease pump flow as needed
  • Impeller passes solids to .25″. Engineered for 24-hour continuous use; overload sensor prevents burnout
  • Contains no oil; completely safe for fish, wildlife and aquatic plants
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Aqua Pulse 5200 GPH Hybrid Drive Submersible Pump – Up To 5,200 GPH Max Flow

Monsoon by Anjon Manufacturing

MS5200 5200GPH Submersible Fish Pond Pump (This is the pump used in how to build a pond project)

Features:

  • Engineered for 24 hour continuous use, Passes solids up to 1/4″ in diameter because of the vortex impeller for tough-torque flow.
  • High quality seals for long and efficient pump life.
  • Power Cord length 30 feet, Overload sensor shut-off protection to keep pump from overheating or burning out.
  • Full 2-year warranty, Contains no oil – Fish safe.
  • 420 Watts, 5,200 GPH at 5′ – 24′ Max Head, 1.5″ OutPut.
  • Passes solids up to 1/4″ in diameter because of the vortex impeller for tough-torque flow
  • Overload sensor shut-off protection

Monsoon MS5200 5200GPH Submersible Fish Pond Pump

Side By Side Comparison of Features



It’s YOUR Vision


Whether you decide on a babbling brook, or white water falls, your garden waterfall pump is truly the heart of your project. It’s what brings your garden pond to life. This is about you and your vision of the little piece of paradise you will be creating. If you have any first hand experience with any of these products, or have a suggestion for a better one, please leave a comment or question below and i will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.  Best of luck with your projects!

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