How to Build a Large Wall Fountain Using Tumbled Marble Tile

Create a focal point in your home or garden with a large, tumbled-marble-tile wall fountain. Tumbled-marble-tile appears softer than other natural stone tiles due to the diluted color palette and the tumbling process. The soft appearance does not reduce the dramatic impact of a large wall fountain made using the tumbled marble tiles. The tiles are available in a variety of sizes and colors at home stores and online retailers.

Instructions

1. Attach the two 6-inch square blocks of marine plywood to two corners of either 3-foot-wide side of the large sheet of plywood. Insert a 1 1/4-inch-long wood screw into the center of the blocks to attach them to the plywood. This side of the plywood sheet is now the back of the large wall fountain. wooden teether

2. Seal the raw edges and the back side of the marine plywood with waterproofing paint to match the colors in the tumbled marble tile. Allow the paint to dry.

3. Cover the unpainted side of the marine plywood sheet with 12-by-12-inch tumbled-marble tiles. Glue the tiles to the plywood with waterproof construction adhesive. Let the adhesive dry for 24 to 48 hours based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.

4. Apply stone sealer to the tumbled-marble tiles. The sealer will help protect the tiles while bringing out some of the colors that were diluted in the tumbling process.

5. Attach vinyl gutter brackets to either end of the 3-foot-wide side with the wood blocks on the back. Attach the brackets with wood screws.

6. Cut a 3-foot-long section of vinyl gutter with a miter saw. Snap on end caps to either end of the gutter.

7. Drill 1/4-inch-diameter holes every 1/2 inch along the length of the bottom of the gutter. Drill a 3/4-inch-diameter hole into one of the end caps.

8. Place a 3-1/2-foot-long rectangular concrete planter along the wall where you plan to place the large marble wall fountain. The planter should be at least 12 inches deep. Seal any drainage holes in the concrete planter with silicone sealant. Allow the sealant to dry.

9. Glue a double row of bricks inside the concrete planter along the back side with waterproof construction adhesive. Stack and glue a single row of bricks on top of the bricks farthest from the planter wall on the first row. The bricks will elevate the tumbled-marble-tile wall within the planter and also help brace it into position. Allow the adhesive to dry 24 to 48 hours.

10. Attach wall mounts to the wood blocks on the back of the marble tile wall. Attach the corresponding sections of the wall mounts to the area of the wall where the top of the fountain will rest above the concrete planter.

11. Stand the large, tumbled-marble-tile wall on top of the bricks in the planter so that the edge of the marble tile rests against the edge of the stacked row of bricks. Connect the wall mounts on the back of the plywood to the mounts on the wall. Hook the gutter to the brackets at the top of the tumbled-marble wall.

12. Place the submersible waterfall pump inside the concrete planter, close to the side with the hole in the gutter end cap. Cut a 7 1/2-foot length of plastic tubing. Attach one end of the tubing to the pump. Run the tubing up the side of the marble wall and insert it into the drilled hole in the gutter end cap. Seal the opening in the gutter end cap around the plastic tubing with silicone sealant. Tape the tubing to the back side of the marble wall with duct tape to keep it out of sight.

 

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