The Bubbling Rock (aka Granite Sphere Water Fountain)
We have always wanted some sort of water feature in our back yard. We like the sound of water flowing. A pond is a lot of work and responsibility. So we decided on a water fountain. We really wanted an old millstone water fountain.
Terri started to look at fountains at the local nurseries. This is our usual modus operandi. She does the leg work and finds something she likes and something she thinks I might like. Then I look to see if it's practical and within a reasonable price. She found a nice looking granite sphere at Troy's Landscape Supply, a local nursery. They quoted a price of $500 plus $100 delivery. We checked out alternatives at Faddegons Nursery, a local nursery with a great reputation. Years ago, Terri's Dad knew the owner and they always delivered top quality products and services. They had a good selection of fountains but nothing like the granite fountain we were looking for.
We went back to Troy's to look at the fountain. We really liked the granite sphere. As we stood looking at it, a Troy's employee came over to answer questions. As we discussed the fountain with him, Judy, a Fraternity Brother's wife, stopped by to chat, so we told the Troy's guy that we would defer our decision. After a 15 minute chat, Judy left and another Troy's guy stopped by to ask if we were interested in the fountain. He offered a $200 price AS IS plus $100 delivery. We accepted! I checked later on the internet and found a 14" granite fountain at Kinetic Fountains for $445 plus $125 shipping.
A few days later Troy's delivered the fountain. I built a carriage to hold the sphere. Troy's had a forklift on the delivery truck and placed it on the carriage, about 8 feet from the final location. The AS IS fountain had a 3x3 ft container, an 18" granite sphere and no pump (AS IS!). I created a spreadsheet to compute the weight and was surprised that it weighs almost 300 lbs!
Take a look at the project as it progressed.