Installing a wall hanging fountain can be a DIY project, although you may need a second pair of hands to raise a larger fountain into position. Self-installation should only be attempted for small, lightweight fountains. Large dual- or triple-panel fountains, particularly those made of slate or other stone, should be installed by professional contractors.
If you do not want to have a hanging wire behind your wall hanging fountain, you will need to install a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet behind the fountain. If the fountain’s plug is conventional rather than flat, the outlet should be recessed. You may wish to enlist the services of an electrician for this step, in order to avoid injury and the embarrassment of installing the outlet improperly.
If you don’t want to install a new outlet for your fountain, you can use a tall plant or decorative vase to conceal the wire. Install the fountain close to a wall outlet in this case; extension cords shouldn’t be used with fountains.
To install a wall hanging fountain, you’ll need some supplies: screwdrivers, a hammer, a level, a drill, a stud finder, masking tape, a pencil, and a helpful friend. The first step to hanging your fountain successfully is to help your friend hold it against the wall in the place you want it to be installed, at the appropriate height. Level it and mark the wall with the pencil at the top edge of the fountain. Accurate measurement at every step is necessary to ensure the most successful installation. A fountain that is not level can leak or spill, and one that isn’t in the desired spot can ruin the decorative effect you were after in the first place.
Find the hanging mechanism on the back of your wall hanging fountain and measure its distance from the top and sides of the fountain. Mark these positions on your wall. This is also a good time to figure out where you will need to install the fountain’s power outlet, if desired, and have an electrician perform the installation. Note that if your fountain is heavy, you may need to install it against studs to support it properly. An improperly supported fountain can fall and injure someone. You may need to reposition your fountain so that the hanging mechanisms can be fixed against studs.
Once you have located all your installation points, you can attach your anchors to the wall and hang the fountain on them. Adjust if necessary.