End Cuts, Wind Turbine Projects

Build #4- Gear System for the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Project

1 Oct , 2014  

Once again, I was at the local recycling centre taking some newspapers and cans back. Spotted a discard base to a food blender in a pile of rubbish. A light bulb went off in my head and I remembered that the coils in a blender were normally always made for actual copper and not aluminum strand […]

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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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Wind Turbine Projects

A Parcel of Goodies from YouTuber SolarShedParts.com

29 Aug , 2014  

This video is a shout out to SolarShedParts.com. A few months ago, I received a present from solarshedparts.com and didn’t open it until now. It was a box full of hard drive, rare earth, magnets for the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine project. Sweet! Totally appreciate the effort and time involved stripping all those hard drives. […]

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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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Wind Turbine Projects

Cheap DIY Wind Turbine Does Well in Wind Storm

14 Mar , 2014  

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 […]

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Wind Turbine Projects

Learn How to Make Copper Coils for a Wind Generator

28 Feb , 2014  

This is my first video of show the process of making copper coils for a wind generator. (The breadmaker VAWT) Used recycled copper wire from a UPS battery backup transformer and a homemade winding jig. In a nutshell, it’s not easy. Lots of trial and error. Thanks for watching! Music credit: Voodoo Like You Do, […]

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Wind Turbine Projects

Part 1 of the Breadmaker VAWT Project – Pulley & Shaft

19 Feb , 2014  

It’s been almost a half a year since the last vertical axis wind turbine project and thought it was necessary for an update. This particular project started with another gleaned treasure from the local dump: a Breadman Automatic Bread Maker TR-444. A bread making machine or bread maker is a home appliance for baking bread. […]

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Wind Turbine Projects

Wood Stove Reco Fan Project (Build #1)

26 Nov , 2013  

For the last year or so, I’ve been puttering around with a wood stove fan.  The purpose of the fan was to push warm air to other parts of the room. It would be powered by a Peltier module. Build #1 The first build, was a bit of a fail. It did generate some power, […]

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Wind Turbine Projects

A Great Source of Copper Wire for Homemade Wind Generator

9 Oct , 2013  

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 […]

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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. These 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 Tools, Wind Turbine Projects

How to Squeeze Grease into a Wind Turbine Gearbox

15 Jul , 2013  

It was time to grease up the gearbox on the small wind turbine. Ran into a small problem with the bolts on the gearbox. Couldn’t fully remove them, so the grease had to be squeezed through a narrow crack. Didn’t have my grease gone handy and had to come up with a work around with […]

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