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Part 2 – I Broke My Wind Turbine Tower

12 May , 2014  

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This is what happens when you tinker with something that has worked fine for 3 years. The small wind turbine purpose was to trickle charge the deep cycle batteries.
Background: A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make the existing 20 foot tall tower an extra 20′ taller (40′ in total) and catch more clean, undisturbed wind. Found a 3 sections of 1″ and 1-1/4″ aluminum pipes from a pool cleaner/net. Inserted to small pipe inside the larger and overlapped the joints to form a solid pipe. The 40′ (plus a few more feet) 10 gauge, 2 wire SOW cable was inserted inside.
For the day It was erected. It was a tad windy, but I wanted to get the turbine up, wired and charging the deep cycle batteries.
Everything was going as planned until my helper mentioned the pole just bent like a “V” . Turned around and the pole was up in the air but the turbine was on the ground. What a bummer!
Well, the good news was the small turbine wasn’t injured and the tower could be fixed.

Thanks for watching!

 

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Wind Turbine Projects

Cheap DIY Wind Turbine Does Well in Wind Storm

14 Mar , 2014  

DSC02017 PVC blades work great for small wind turbines. Three years have past, the PVC blades on the wind turbine are working just fine, and do well in high winds. A few hours after this video footage was taken, at the testing facility (the cabin), was hit with a massive wind storm. Lot’s of trees were knocked over and roots pulled from the earth. The wind turbine tower didn’t fall over and the turbine provided lots of power to the deep cycle batteries.

 

 

 

Music credit:
Aces High Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Heat and Cooling

Flower Pot Heater was a BUST!

23 Jan , 2014  

The inglorious outhouse needed a heater. There was complaints from “management” that it was torture to run outside on cold nights. So, I hit the internet and did some research. Watch a video about a gentleman that heated his room with a flower-pot heater. Sounded like a good idea and thought I would give it a go.
Found a few Terra Cotta clay pots that were not being used. I choose to use a 6″ and 3″ in diameter pot.

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