Power generation, Solar Power Projects, Wind Turbine Projects, Woodworking

Building a Plywood Battery Box (and Heavy Duty Stand)

30 Jan , 2015  

The video shows how to make a large, plywood battery box that will hold (10) 6 volt deep cycle batteries. The batteries are used to store DC electricity for a solar or wind turbine system. The plywood box measures 48″ long x 24″ wide x 15″ tall. It was made from one sheet of 3/4″ […]

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Heat and Cooling, Power generation

Bits & Pieces of Winter Projects from the Cedar Workshop

15 Dec , 2014  

An update video of what has happened at our remote cabin in the woods. Old man winter has dropped by with a dump of snow and the temperatures have really dropped. Since the ground is frozen solid, it has put a stop to part 2 of the Build a Basic Grey water filter system. The […]

Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Testing Tower Location and Noise for 600 Watt Wind Turbine

19 Nov , 2014  

Finally had a need for the big wind turbine. This was the 600 watt wind turbine I was working on back in 2012. Never had a use for it until I scored a deal on four, used, deep cycle batteries. The plan was to use this turbine to charge up a separate battery bank for […]

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Plumbing, Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Changing the Angle of a Solar Panel with Whatever was Handy

5 Nov , 2014  

Decided to take the Friday off before the October 24th weekend and get some extra work in at the Cedar Workshop test facility (aka cabin). The plan was also to knock off a few of the items off the “To-Do’s list. In this video, I show the simply way of changing the angle of a […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Testing a Yardworks Cordless Lawnmower for a Future Wind Turbine Build

1 Sep , 2014  

Found this little cordless mower at the recycle dump. Thought it would be fun to turn into a wind turbine. Decided to run a few basic tests and see what’s inside.

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2 – I Broke My Wind Turbine Tower

12 May , 2014  

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 […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 1- How to Lower a Small Wind Turbine Tower

12 May , 2014  

This video will show how to lower a small, 30′ tall, wind turbine tower to the ground, without using a motor or winch. You shouldn’t have to do this too often, but, it’s a good idea to check the structure and wind turbine for maintenance. This particular tower was made from 3/4″ plumbing pipe and […]

Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Update to Making Copper Coils for a Wind Turbine

22 Apr , 2014  

An update to the making copper coils for a vertical axis wind turbine. The coils will be used with the gear system from the breadmaker. (Update for that video will be coming soon) Music credit Title: Heavy, by Huma-Huma, YouTube Library http://youtube-audio-library.storage.googleapis.com/f8fd1f22533dae80,

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

A Passive Venting Battery Bank for Off-Grid Applications

13 Sep , 2013  

I uses a passive venting system for the battery box. The battery box hold (4) 6 volt deep cycle batteries. It is wire for a the volt system. The box was constructed from f/8″ Birch plywood and painted white. The lid can easily be flipped open and closed tightly. I have added a seal around […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Build #3 of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) from Cedar Wood Siding

14 Aug , 2013  

This is the third version of the vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) made from cedar siding lumber. It’s very close to the Lenz style of VAWTs.┬áThese type of wind turbines are fun to build. Lots of room for improvements and coming up with new ideas. For example: – the hubs with bearings, came from my […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

DIY Wind Turbine Works Great in Wind Storm

1 May , 2013  

DIY Wind Turbine Works Great in Wind Storm 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, our the testing facility (the cabin) was hit with a massive wind storm. Lot’s of trees were […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Human Powered, Solar Panel Tracker Mount

25 Apr , 2013  

The short video below shows how I made an adjusted solar tracker from common materials. It can be manually “steered” to follow the 10am – 6pm sun. It can be adjusted vertically and follow the winter or summer place of the sun. This particular solar tracker has been set up for my place. I wish […]

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Other, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Generate Power from a Hockey Puck!

12 Apr , 2013  

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 […]

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