An Above Ground Pool fountain can add visual interest and calming ambient sound to block out traffic or other unwanted noise. There are several low cost options available including some that add colored light!
This season I decided to add a fountain and I bought the Intex Multi-Color LED Pool Fountain for Above Ground Pools. See my unboxing video, and the custom plumbing method I used to connect it to standard 1-1/2″ PVC below.
This is the same method I illustrate here (Method 1) for plumbing Intex 40mm fittings to standard 1-1/2″ PVC pipe.
For my pool I will split the return line from the pump/filter into two lines, one that will go back into the pool as before, and one that will feed the fountain that attaches to the railing of the pool. Each of the two lines will have a shut off valve in-line so that I can control when I’m using the fountain, and how I split the return filtered water. The shut-off valves also allow me to do maintenance on the plumbing if necessary without losing lots of water.
What you’ll need:
- Intex Above Ground Pool Fountain
- 1-1/2″ X 1-1/4″ PVC reducer bushing
(Sand the face of bushing smooth before assembly)
- Fine sandpaper
- 1-1/2″ rubber washer
- PVC Primer & Glue
- 1-1/2″ PVC coupling
In the image above we are using the Fountain and 40mm Intex nut. We are adding the washer, PVC reducer bushing, and PVC coupler (outlined in the green box).
We are not using the piece that is crossed out in red. Use this piece only if you are using Intex hoses rather than the PVC plumbing modification.
Add a Hayward Inlet Return Fitting
Update your above ground pool with a 1-1/2″ return fitting which will allow you to easily connect your return to standard 1-1/2″ PVC plumbing and inside your pool to some other popular pool fountains.
This modification will require you to carefully cut a larger diameter hole for the fitting in your pool liner. I used scissors for their control vs. a utility knife.
(Make this modification before you top off your pool with water)
Build your own above ground pool fountain
Using readily available PVC pipe and fittings, you can build your own fountain and control when it’s in use by adding a shut-off valve. Later I’ll add details on a DIY Above Ground Pool Fountain project.
See similar detailed instructions for how I PVC plumbed my Hayward Skimmer to my Intex Pump & Sand Filter.