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The Weekend Wind Turbine Tower Rustle-Up, Yee Ha!

4 Mar , 2016   Video

Finally, I made some time to put up the small wind turbine tower. The deep cycle batteries in the main cabin needed to be charged. The snow covered solar panels were just not cutting it and not providing the necessary amps to charge the system. It was time to put up the small wind turbine and get some wind power!
Part of the problem was finding a suitable spot that was close to the batteries under the main cabin. I wanted something on the lakeside deck, but not fastened to the cabin. The vibrations from the wind turbine can be a little annoying at time.

small-tower-base Decided to construct a platform (or a sled) made out of spare 2″ x 8″ joists. I would work it into the existing firewood pile and use the wood as weight. If I needed to move it or add more anti-vibration material, no problem. If I built the base fairly solid and good support, might not need to use guy wires.

Next, was ta 8-foot tall support/guide for the 1.5″ tower pole. Base-2x4-sides Created an open box with (2) 2 x 4s and (1) 2 x 6 pieces of lumber. Two 3/8″ diameter holes were drilled into the 2 x 4 for the support bolt and the secure bolt. The thought was to secure it to the cabin, but didn’t have that part thought out yet. Decided to sleep on it and see what comes up in the morning.

The next morning, after a cup of coffee, I devised Plan B. Erect a fairly tall pole (14′ – 20′) behind the base/tower. At the top of this pole would be a pulley (snatch block). A cable would go  As I was searching around for a longer support pole, I looked at all the 40-foot tree around me and thought,” geez, this is what I’m looking for it costs nothing!” Grabbed the chainsaw and hiked out to the bush and cut down a 25-foot tall dead lodgepole pine tree. Dragged it back and removed all the sticks. The easiest way to get the support tree/pole thing into position was to hoist it over the roof and drop it down into position.


Base for small wind turbine

Small wind turbine


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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 (
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Wind Turbine Projects

A Great Source of Copper Wire for Homemade Wind Generator

9 Oct , 2013  

DSC02246 DSC02247 A short video showing where you can find a good source of copper wire to make coils for a homemade wind powered generator.
The copper wire is found in regular household appliances like blenders, microwave ovens and old power tools. Try to find motors that use lots of power. For example, the blender I found used over 600 watts! It had really nice chunky copper wire.
Don’t be discouraged with get the layers of metal plates, it takes time. One method is to heat up the motor super hot and then drop it in a bucket of cold water. I tried doing that on my BBQ and didn’t really work. I was concerned that the enamel on the copper wire might melt off. I used a hack saw, drill, axe and attacked it in my vice. The whole process is like preparing a fish-eating, strip away the guts and bones to get at the meat inside.
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Music credit; Strange Days by YouTube music Library


Music credit; Strange Days by YouTube music Library

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