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How to Make a FLOATING Fountain

[Captions by Y Translar] Let's take look at to build your very own faucet A cool optical illusion that makes it look like a faucet head is on a stream of water


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[Music] We got a common request from Menachem Roubini, and I'm almost certainly pronouncing that incorrectly, but it was asking if we could please a magic/floating faucet Yes, we can, and we're going to show you how to do it Here's what I was thinking A clear plastic tube will lead from a small pump up to our faucet above The water flowing down out of the faucet should cover the tube, giving the illusion that the water itself is holding the faucet up

To get started, we're going to need a small submersible water pump, a spigot or faucet I prefer the kind of looks like it's a garden hose attachment Some 1/2 inch outer diameter clear tube This is rigid tube, not flexible vinyl This one's acrylic

You might be able to find it in polycarbonate as well, and a bucket, or any other waterproof container that's about the right size and shape, and matches the look that you want for your And my bucket is also full of these clear glass beads, and I'm using these because I like the look of it There's other things you can use If you want to use just natural rocks, you can do that It looks good in all sorts of different colors

I do have a reason I'm using the clear glass, and I'll get to that later But there's lots of options like I was saying Our pump is going to end up going down inside of this bucket, but we don't want our cord coming up over the edge So, like we did with our small Vortex Fountain, we're going to drill a small hole into the bucket We're going to cut our chord, and then solder it back together once we've run it through the bucket

For this chord, we're going to solder one of the sides together, but the other side, were going to leave unattached because we want to add an inline switch that lets us turn the pump on and off without unplugging it [Music] Now, let's trim off the extra cord so it gets divided This little piece of plastic is designed to keep the two pieces separate This other side that we poke on top of that has prongs on both sides, and these are designed to stab through the rubber of the cord, and make a connection between the two sides [Music] Now, we've got our pump inside of our bucket, the cord comes out to the outside, and eventually, we are going to stop that hole up entirely

We're going to use some hot glue for that But it's not time to do that quite yet, because we don't want to limit the movement on the pump So, let's grab our 1/2 inch outer diameter acrylic tube, and let's figure out the length that we need The faucets going to be somewhere up here We can fit this down

Now, the pump I'm using, it actually fits perfectly over the nozzle that comes with the pump It kind of snaps into place even It's a watertight seal It's just what we're looking for So we have to figure out how high we want our spigot to go

I mean, if we put it up too high, then the pumps not going to have enough power to really get the water all the way up there If we put it too low, it's not really going to look very cool So we're just going for a few inches above the bucket [Music] Now, we're going to use a hacksaw to carefully cut that off Our tube cut, but acrylic is pretty fragile stuff, and right at the end, it did crack just a little bit

We're going to use a belt sander just smooth that off Give us a nice clean edge that doesn't have any ridges in it like that [Music] There's the edge of the tube, and we're going to want to glue that right down into the middle of the spigot But once we've glued it down, it's going to be sealing off a lot of the opening, and we want water to be able to come out of the top, and sort of pour back down, like it was coming out of the spigot itself So what we need to do now is drill some small holes in the top of the tube

We've got quite a small drill bit here, and we're now going to drill eight holes into the top of this tube, and we're going to try and make it really close to the top Maybe only an eighth of an inch away Of course, since we do want all the holes spaced evenly directly across from each other, we're going to drill right down through one side, and then out the other [Music] Running a little bit of sandpaper over the top helps remove any burrs, and it roughs up the plastic just a little bit to help the glue bond to it Now, we need to attach this onto our faucet, and to do that, we're going to be using some two-part epoxy

This is J-B Weld, the Kwik version of it that takes five to six minutes to cure, instead of four or five hours You don't have to use this kind of glue Other strong types of glue should work as well But I like this stuff because it is designed to bond really well to metal [Music] We want glue to get about as high as it can get without reaching the holes

That will help it grip a lot better [Music] The epoxy's cured, which means the faucet is now holding itself onto the acrylic tube without any assistance It doesn't fall off Not really wiggling Just what we want

So now, we need to attach this onto our pump, and as I was saying before, this size of acrylic tube, this is 1/2 inch outer diameter tube, actually fits just perfectly onto the nozzle that came with this particular pump, which is pretty convenient Now, I'm holding the pump, but I'm not touching the tube or the faucet itself And as you can see, it stays up right where we wanted One other thing that we want to do before we add all of our stones back in is I have this battery powered waterproof LED light This thing's pretty nifty, it's controlled by remote control, and you can just change the colors

It's not going to be hurt by being underwater, and it is battery powered so you don't need any sort of cord running to it We're actually going to take this light and put it underneath our pump, so it's just resting on the bottom of our bucket, and the pump is going to sit on top of it Now that we have that there, we can see how much of our cord we need for to be able to reach So at this point, we can take some hot glue, and seal off the hole, where the cord is running out [Music] With the hot glue seal in place, we can now put the light down at the bottom of the bucket, the pump on top of the light, attach our pipe and faucet on top of the pump, and then start piling the stones in because that's what's going to hold everything in place

Now, let's add some water How much water you add is kind of up to you I like to bring it up to just below the surface of the stones Random fact: A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3000 gallons a year, which is equal to like 180 showers Okay, we've got our bucket plugged in

Let's turn it on and see how this goes Now, ideally, the water will come up out the holes in the top of the pipes, and distribute themselves around the sides Sometimes I've found that the water kind of doesn't stick very well to the pipe, and you kind of need to just touch it to get it start flowing everywhere Let's see what we can get Ooh! Didn't need much encouragement at all

Perfect That means we did a pretty good job of lining everything up, so the water is being distributed evenly all around, and look at this! We've now got water flowing out of the faucet, and that's what's holding the faucet up in the first place That's It's a really cool like, just illusion, and makes it look like, Oh, the waters holding the spigot up Very fun to look at [Music] One of the main reasons I like using these glass stones is that the signal from my remote control has an easier time getting down into the bucket, so I can turn it on Now, it's really hard to see in this bright daylight Let's take it somewhere a little bit more visible

[Music] One more small modification we can make is to take some very fine grit sandpaper, and lightly, gently sand of the tube from top to bottom This should leave some very light white marks on the outside, which can help enhance the illusion of flowing water [Music] It's not a major difference, but you may decide you like that look a little bit better Once again, I'm sure I'm saying this wrong, but Menachem Roubini, thank you for your suggestion This is a fun build, a fun project, and it's definitely something that you can do at home

It doesn't take too long, and it doesn't cost that much Check the links in the description for where to buy some of these pieces online Mr Roubini, check your YouTube inbox We're going to be sending you 25 bucks

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