How to install a pond pump

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Project Overview

Installing a pond pump is an easy D.I.Y. project that can completely transform the look and feel in your garden. This step-by-step guide shows you what you need to do before you get started and how to get the correct water-flow rate through your pump.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Attach the fittings
2 Attach the fittings
3 Put the pump in the pond
4 Test the water-flow rate
5 Cover the power cord
  • Step 1. Attach the fittings

    Before you install your pond pump, make sure that you have access to an outdoor power point that has been installed by a qualified electrician. The power point needs to be close enough to the pond so that the electrical cable on the pump can reach it.

  • Step 2. Attach the fittings

    Before you put the pump in the pond, attach the feet to the bottom of it. These will secure the pump to the bottom of the pond and stop it from moving around. Screw the connector for the fountain kit into the top of the pond pump. 
  • Step 3. Put the pump in the pond

    Put the pump into your chosen location inside the pond, on a clean and stable surface. Make sure that the pump can be easily reached because you will need to take it out to regularly clean the filter.  If the pump is sitting too deep in the pond you might need to sit it on a brick, so that it’s at the right height. 
  • Step 4. Test the water-flow rate

    After the pump has been put in the pond, at the right height, turn it on to test the water-flow rate. If it’s too high, the flow rate can be adjusted on the pump. Alternatively, you can attach one of the nozzles from the fountain kit to get the desired flow rate and the look that you want. Depending on the height of the nozzle, you may not need to sit the pump on a brick.

  • Step 5. Cover the power cord

    To make your finished project look professional, cover the electrical cable leading from the pump to the power point. If you have ornamental rocks around your pond, put them on top of the electrical cable to hide it. You can also dig a shallow trench in the soil, put the electrical cable in it and then cover that over with soil.
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