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A Rare Visit from a Winter Weasel

6 Feb , 2014  

A-visit-from-a-winter-wease The weather has been really cold up at the Cedar Workshop. After a few hours messing around with a wind turbine mount (off camera), I headed in to have a coffee and warm up. Heard a shout from the front door and my spouse spotted a winter weasel sneaking around the fire pit. Weasels or Ermine, are normally brown in the summer, but in the winter, the fur turns white to blend in with the snow.
Since these little mammals move so quickly and hard to distinguish from the scenery, it’s a treat to see them.
Good to have around because they eat mice and rats.
It was quite curious when I came out of the cabin. In the last 10 seconds (when the weasel was on the stairs) it was only 8 feet away. Quite a curious little mammal.


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Other,Power generation,Wind Turbine Projects

Generate Power from a Hockey Puck!

12 Apr , 2013  

hockey-puck-stator-title-sm1 This video was part of the Garage Door Motor Conversion for Wind Turbine series. Decided to make a stator out of a hockey puck. The stator (in this case, a hockey puck) was drilled with eight, half inch holes. Then 3 sets or rare earth magnets would be inserted into the holes. The modified stator would be insert onto a shaft and slid into the copper wire/housing.

When the shaft turns, like on a wind turbine, electricity will be generated.

This video will show you how to construct a stator from a hockey puck, but, other readily available materials can be used (wood, aluminium, etc).

Note: This was not a fail video. It was an inspiration to go back and fix some mistakes. Part 2 will be coming out soon with positive results.

Aces High Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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