After 20 years of wanting to make a fountain, I finally decided
to try my hand. I found a used pump and dove into my scrap heap
of pipe, hose, electrical conduit (a tennis ball) and a pickle pail
for a reservoir.
were many (minor) surprises:
1. There's a big difference between how much the pump pumps when
it's sitting in the kitchen sink and when it's pumping water up
4 feet. As it turned out the flow was perfect because it caused
the effect in #2.
2. Surface tension can make water do strange things. I originally
put the catcher cups in 'front' of the pourer cups but the water
actually bends backwards as it sticks to the sides of the cup. A
few taps with rubber mallet fixed this problem.
Another picture with a bird feeder in the background:
I kind of like pipes.....