Other, Wind Turbine Projects

Temporary Roof Top Mount for VAWT Project

27 Jun , 2013  

The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Project project required a place to test the hub, motor and blades/scoops. Despite the lack of good wind at our home, (we are in a valley, surrounded by trees), it was easier to check. The plan was to create just a temporary mount on the roof top that would not […]

Other, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2 of the Homemade Dump Load for a Wind Turbine

24 Jun , 2013  

So, with fewer resistors, the layout had to be reconfigured and more copper wires were used to secure resistors in place. It was suggested by some viewers to lower the ohms by connecting in parallel (positive to positive) to lower the ohms from 100 to 25 ohms.   Came up with three separate ideas for the […]

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Other, Wind Turbine Projects

The Bountiful Harvest of Motors and Parts for Projects

20 Jun , 2013  

Last year, I made a New Years resolution to deconstruct appliances, old tools, radios or anything else not working or thrown away. The plan was to gather materials for future wind turbines, look at the engineering and types of materials used. It’s not an evil plan to destroy, but more of a positive learning opportunity. […]

Appliances, Buildings and Renovations, Plumbing, Woodworking

4 Day Mini Laundry, Washer and Dryer Project

19 Jun , 2013  

This project takes place on the home front. Had to work through the weekend and get the space ready for the new stacking washer and dryer unit. Since the 10 year Kenmore washer packed it in and we live 90 percent on the second floor of our home, we decided to move the laundry units […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Installation of a RV Refrigerator into a Cabin

30 May , 2013  

With the summer fast approaching, the quest for cold beers and the ability to store food for longer periods would definitely keep the family happy and increase the moral. Therefore, the propane RV refrigerator project shot up to the top of the list. Prior to the propane fridge, we had a 12 volt Mobicool thermoelectric […]

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Buildings and Renovations, Relaxing

Upgrading Floating Swim Platform Project

23 May , 2013  

The 20-year-old floating swim platform was starting to show its age. The 8′ x 12′ platform was used for docking boats, swimming and the morning coffee. Constructed from three 14″ dia. by 12′ long spruce logs. Empty 5 gallon water buckets helped with the flotation and three sheets plywood were used for the deck. Once […]

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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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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Generating Springtime Solar Power for the Cabin

10 Apr , 2013  

Generating Springtime Solar Power (2013) The solar panels were collecting just a bit of electricity from the sun on the Easter Weekend. The sun is still low in the sky and in the tree line. I’m running a 12 volt system with four 6 volt deep cycle batteries. So, with my rig, the amount of sun and […]

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Hauling, digging, etc, Power Tools

A Tree’s April Fools Trick

4 Apr , 2013  

Things don’t always go as planned.One of the trees close to the lake was rotten on the inside. The best time to trim trees is in the early spring before the ice thaws on the lake. The plan was to drop the tree on the lake and then buck it up in smaller pieces. Parts of […]

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Solar Power Projects

Spring Cleaning! eBay Solar Panel Goodies!

27 Mar , 2013  

EVA Solar Cell Encapsulate Two sizes: 30″ x 39 and 45″ x 72″ Starting at $26.99 Click here for link to ebay auction   (36) 3×6 Solar cells from a DIY Solar Panel Enough cells to build your own 60 watt solar panel Starting at $29.00 Click here for link to ebay auction   70 […]

Other, Power generation, Solar Power Projects

Do-It-Yourself Solar Panels

27 Mar , 2013  

This an updated video about a series of DIY solar panels made 3 years ago. It consists of a material list, still images and a few short videos. It’s more of a rough guide. In total, I have completed four DIY solar panels for an off grid system. The main reason was I couldn’t afford a new […]

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