Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Build a Wind Turbine from a Cordless Drill/Driver

15 Mar , 2013  

The goal was to build a wind powered generator from a cordless drill. It could be used to charge up a battery. The battery could then be hooked up to a light bulb from a car or a string of LED lights. Handy for a shed, outbuilding, pump house, boat, small room or workshop. The video […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

VAWT Made From Wood Siding

6 Mar , 2013   Video

  This video and blog post is about a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) made from mostly a wood called  Western Red Cedar. It has contains images from the first attempt 2 years ago and video update of of the second attempt with modified blades/airfoils. It’s a fun project to work on, especially when it’s in your living […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Garage Door Motor Converted to Produce Electricity

22 Feb , 2013  

Due to chilly weather, there’s been a gap since the last video. So, I decided to answer a viewers question and do a step-by-step about converting a regular AC motor to a generator. The motor in this video was from a 1/3 HP garage door opener. Someone left it next to a municipal garbage can, expecting […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects

EVA or or Sylgard 184 for DIY Solar Panels Encapsulation

19 Feb , 2013  

The following article was based on my experience and may not have the same results on your location. Two Coats of Sylgard 184 Sylgard 184 used for a 80-watt panel. See how transparent it is. Only a few air bubbles. I’ve used EVA film and Sylgard 184 encapsulate for DIY Solar Panels EVA– $20/yard For a 24″ x 48″ […]

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Other, Relaxing, Solar Power Projects

Roof top solar panels and Wind Turbine Farms in Kihei, Maui

19 Feb , 2013  

Just got back from a fantastic family vacation in Kihei, Maui. As soon as we left the airport in our rental car, we noticed many the homes had plenty of solar panels on the roofs. Like at least 15 panels. Must be grid-tie systems. Even the churches were getting in on it. One fairly big […]

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Heat and Cooling, Other, Woodworking

The Plan to Build a Wood Fired Cedar Hot Tub

30 Jan , 2013  

For the past year, I been researching on how to build a wooden hot tub. If you haven’t seen one, it’s a six-foot round barrel about 4 feet high. Normally made from vertical laid Western Red Cedar planks that are fitted together. A heavy-duty banding is wrapped around the outside to keep the vertical planks […]

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Power generation, Solar Power Projects, Woodworking

Roof Top Solar Panel Mount Made from Scrap Cedar Lumber

17 Jan , 2013  

After finishing the four DIY solar panels, I wanted  a quick mount for the the top of the cabin roof. The idea location was to mount it to the water barrels on the roof. The plan was to aim the panels to the south (and through a gap in the trees). As usual, my choice […]

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Equipment, Solar Power Projects

Talking about solar gear with a rockstar

14 Jan , 2013  

Had an amazing discovery on the weekend. We hosted a birthday party for a good friend and one of the guests, worked for the company that produces Xantrex inverters, charge controllers, battery chargers, etc for off grid use. (I almost fell off my chair!) For someone like me, that’s really into the alternative energy, it was like […]