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I bought a fountain recently and since it's been below freezing I put it outside empty. Well, it fell over in the first high wind day. Now the statue part has cracked off the base, and part of the bit that attaches them is cracked in half.

I assume I should try to fix it with an epoxy of some kind?

And how do I prevent it from cracking again if it falls over?

Do I need to bury the base of it?

Wait to put it outside until it's consistently above freezing at night and put water in it?

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    "how do I prevent it from cracking again if it falls over?" You can't, unless you wrap it in soft padding, which would make it unusable. I don't think the freezing has anything to do with the problem because I don't think the weight of the water is enough to hold it down in another similar wind event. I think you need to prevent it from falling over regardless of the temp./water. – Jimmy Fix-it Mar 29 at 2:11
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    Is there enough space in the middle (where I'm guessing there's some pipes and/or wiring) to fit a piece of rebar? If so you could drive the rebar 2 or 3 feet into the ground, leaving 1 or 2 feet exposed and then lift the fountain and place it over the rebar. – brhans Mar 29 at 7:27
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Tie it down.

fountain with red cable tying down

Here is your fountain. You can tie it down across the white base which I assume is attached to the plastic fountain bowl and statue. You could use a nylon or poly rope of some color you thought was unobstrusive.

You could tie the rope to stakes and then hammer the stakes all the way into the ground then put the mulch back on top. That would make sure rope is tight. I show 2 ropes but you could use 4.

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  • The white part is not part of the fountain, more's the pity – Yamikuronue Mar 30 at 4:11
  • Is the white part also plastic or resin? Since you have out the epoxy for your repair on the upper part you could glue the fountain down to the base, maybe with dowels in between for a better attachment. – Willk Mar 30 at 18:56
  • No no, the white part is just in that picture, there is no white part in the shipped fountain. – Yamikuronue Mar 30 at 23:00
  • You could do the same procedure with the gray fountain and wrap cords around base. Or attach one or two stakes to the bottom of the foundation underneath the base and drive it into the ground. OR if fountain interior is hollow (I suspect so if it blew over) cut a hole and lower the whole thing onto a long stake firmly in the ground. – Willk Apr 2 at 17:49

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