Budget Workshop Project, End Cuts, Equipment, Power generation, Solar Power Projects, Wind Turbine Projects

Summer 2015 Solar and Wind Power Update

3 Sep , 2015   Video

Since the budget was drained from the Epic DIY deck project, there wasn’t much wiggle room for new equipment. Had to make do with what I had, and do some clever reconfiguring of the solar and wind power equipment for 2015 summer. Solar Panels Moved the factory made, 100-watt panel to the new main cabin […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Part 3 – Solar Panel and a Modded Electric Cooler

23 Jul , 2015   Video

Ran some tests on the modified 12 volt Coleman Cooler in the first weekend of July. It just happened to be one of the hottest weekends in our area. Afternoon day temps hovered around 28*C or 81*F and it was a dry heat. Living on the West Coast, I’m just not use to that type […]

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Appliances, Food, Heat and Cooling

Removing the Cooler Gizmo from an Electric Coleman Cooler

2 Jun , 2015   Video

This video starts with another treasure found at the local recycling center. In Canada, residents can take bottles, cans, plastic and cardboard into a township recycle center. It’s a volunteer program and unsupervised. It’s a real plus for homeowners who miss the weekly pickup by the city. On the flip side, many residents use the unsupervised […]

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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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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

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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