A day at home, and the house provides work: the fountain wasn't running this morning so I checked the power and then pulled the impeller and the poor thing is dead. I would have had to shut down in a few weeks for a freeze, anyway, so I used an old nebulizer hose to drain the basin (don't want mosquitos!) and threw the impeller away. It's lasted years, so it's time for a new one anyway. I'll just buy it toward spring next year.
We're very close to having a Donate button in for Soren "Scraps" deSelby, I'll post separately when Patrick has it up.