December 7, 2022

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How to Install an Electrical Outlet for a Wall Fountain 

How to Install an Electrical Outlet for a Wall Fountain 

A wall fountain gives you the relaxing feeling of sitting next to a babbling brook right outside your home.

By installing a ready-made one like this one, you don’t have to rework any plumbing in your home. All you need to do is decide on the location, drive in a mounting screw, and hang the fountain. 

However, if you don’t have an electrical outlet nearby, you’ll need to have one installed for your wall fountain to work.

Electrical work is best done by professionals. Here’s what they’ll do to set up an exterior outlet.


Installing an Exterior Electrical Outlet

How to Install an Electrical Outlet for a Wall Fountain 
The fountain will be hung on the other side of this wall, so we can use the wires from this outlet to power an exterior outlet. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

The electrician will find an interior outlet near where you want the exterior outlet to be. He’ll use the wires from this outlet to power the exterior outlet.

Hole in wall with electrical wires coming out
To access the wires, the electrician must first remove the electrical box. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

With the power turned off, he’ll disconnect the outlet and remove the box. 

Hand using pencil to mark around an electrical box
To mark the location for the new exterior outlet, the electrician uses a pencil and the electrical box. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Next, the electrician will mark the location of the new box with a pencil. Make sure the electrician centers the box under the wall fountain.

The electrician runs the wire through the electrical box to connect it to the wall. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

After cutting a hole for the exterior electrical box, he’ll fish a new wire through that hole over to the inside box location. 

Using a screwdriver to secure a GFCI outlet to a home's exterior
A ground fault circuit interrupter outlet like this one constantly track electrical current flow; if they detect a change, they immediately cut power to the outlet. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Finally, the electrician will secure and wire the new box with a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet, which the local building code requires for outside locations. 

Hands plugging in a pump to a wall fountain
The pump in the wall fountain recirculates the water. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Once the electrical work is complete, all that’s left to do is connect the wall fountain’s pump and fill it with water before plugging it into the new outlet.

Now, we can begin enjoying the relaxing sound of water falling gently.


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