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|by RRock||Date Added: Wednesday 14 July, 2010|
I must admit I was wary when I ordered this; The price seemed too low and I wondered how sturdy it might really be. And then it arrived. Apparently the weight problems mentioned by other reviewers have been resolved as the shipping charges seemed appropriate. I was concerned that the large box had been substantially smashed in on two sides but, when removed, the fountain was in good shape. Initially I was perplexed by the instructions which for a pedestal and bowl fountain but it took only a bit of thought to conquer the problem. (Rather than try to mount the circulating pump through the hole in the back, one brings the hose through the front and lays the pump in the basin of the fountain.) To test it I hung it in my kitchen and allowed it to run for several hours as much to clean it as to verify that the mechanics all worked. Next test was to mount it on the side of the garage that forms part of the walls for my front garden. The only problem here was that there was no adjacent electrical outlet but it was an easy task to drill a hole through the wall and access an outlet in the garage. This is a West facing wall and can heat up to above 120 so I wondered how the resin might survive. Happily, after noon, the sun puts that area in shade and I've had no problems. Aesthetically it makes an attractive focal point for what was a dull area. I'm considering using a dry brush and some of the paint the colour of the garage to highlight the piece. If I have one modes complaint it's that the water tends to run out rather than shoot out the lions mouth but, lacking that, it produced a pleasant water feature noise that accentuates what is really an entrance to my home. Several guests have commented on it and I'm well pleased. Given the price and ease of installation and final effect, this is a great addition as well as a great buy.One further suggestion. If you live in an area prone to high heat you will need to replenish the water supply at least daily. Also, when filling it the first time do NOT attempt to fill the basin completely. There's a opening in the rear that keeps the water from overflowing from the front.
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