Wednesday, October 13, 2021

DIY Drinking Fountain

 Have you ever thought to yourself, "I sure wish there were more drinking fountains in my neighborhood"? Well, for about $100, you can build your very own drinking fountain in one afternoon, and be a drinking fountain champion! 

Supply List:
- Existing outdoor hose bib
   - Stainless steel drinking fountain faucet with 1/2" inlet
- One 1/2” steel pipe, 36” long
- One 1/2” elbow pipe piece
- One hose adapter
- One RV food-grade hose (however long you need to reach the nearest hose bib  mine is 25' long)
- Brackets
- Plumber’s tape
- One stainless steel dog bowl
- Something to attach it to

Click here for full instructions and links to all the products you'll need for this project. If you make one, be sure to let us know so we can send you a little Neighborhood Drinking Fountain plaque!

I bought this drinking fountain faucet on Amazon for about $40.

Order a drinking fountain spigot online, or find one at a local salvage center. Once you purchase your drinking fountain spigot, take it to your favorite hardware store as you shop for the other pieces to make sure they all fit together. Use the plumber's tape on all joints to prevent leakage, and run the RV hose to your hose bib. 

I used two brackets to attach my pipe to an old maple stump, which both secures the fountain and provides a step stool for little feet. The dog bowl, positioned at the bottom of the drinking fountain's arc, catches the water and provides a lovely amenity for neighborhood dogs. (Several of my neighbors have told me that their dogs pull across the street every day to drink from my fountain!)

And here's the finished product!

DIY drinking fountain

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