A home-made wind turbine is a great addition to anyone’s home. It’s a simple build that also gives you electricity. Of course, the one we will build today won’t generate as much as a big wind turbine, but I’m sure that it will inspire many to build their own with their very own twist on the project.
Let’s start with the things I’ll be using:
- A drill
- 3 PVC T pieces
- 4 PVC corner pieces
- Some straight PVC piping (I used water piping.)
- A Phillips screwdriver
- A soldering gun
- A heat gun
- Electrical tape
First, I grabbed the PVC piping, the corners, and the T pipes and made this little base for my wind turbine. I used a PVC cutter to cut the pieces, but you can also use a saw or anything else that can cut in a straight line.
Next, I grabbed the trigger of the drill and freed up the motor by heating up the solder that held the wiring in place.
When the wire was free, I grabbed a piece of toilet piping that was able to fit with my water pipes that I was using already.
Then I grabbed a sheet of plastic and a metal sheet and cut them into different shapes. This will be the fin of the wind turbine that will make it always face toward the wind.
First, I wrapped the metal sheet around the shorter end of the toilet pipe, making sure the thicker end of the metal sheet was facing backward.
I drilled a hole into both straps and connected them with a bolt. I then put both the metal sheet and the plastic sheet into place and drilled two holes through them at the same level. I used a bolt and a nut to connect the two.
I grabbed one of the leftover pieces of PVC piping and cut it lengthwise into three equal pieces.
I drew this shape onto them and cut them all out.
After that, I ground them down into a smoother design and drilled a hole at the bottom of each one.
When I took apart the drill, I found a little piece of gear in the motor that fit perfectly onto the spinning part of the motor. (As you can see, I’m not an expert on this subject.)
I prepared two plastic jar lids so that one of them could fit into the other. I put them together and prepared the gear piece. Then I put the gear piece onto a metal sheet and heated it up with a heat gun. While it was still hot, I pushed the plastic lids through it, pushing the cog’s shape into it so it could be turned by the motor.
I didn’t push it all the way through of course, just until the top part of the gear piece was through, the actual part that resembled a gear.
I connected the gear piece to the motor and put the plastic lids on top.
I then drilled three holes into the plastic jar lid and secured the wind turbine’s blades onto the jar lids. I painted the propeller with gray spray paint.
And I did the same with the toilet pipe.
I grabbed some wiring and connected it together with the motor’s wires since they weren’t long enough. I twisted together the wiring and covered it with electrical tape.
The motor was smaller than the toilet piping, so I needed some way to make it fit tightly. The best way to do that was to cover it with electrical tape until it was a tight fit.
I pushed it in tightly and went to the next step. The tighter, the better since it needs to be able to survive all weather conditions.
I needed some way to rotate the wind turbine 180 degrees. The easiest thing was to take the tip of the drill, the part that spins.
I screwed a screw into the bottom of the drill tip so it wouldn’t spin unnecessarily. If yours doesn’t fit tight enough, you can grind the screw head down.
The drill tip was a little bit too big for the toilet piping, so I ground it down.
I made a hole in the side of the toilet pipe, where I led out the wiring.
I did the same at the top and bottom of the PVC piping. I wanted as much of the wire to be inside as I could get.
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After this, all I did was add two screws to stop the wind turbine from rotating too much and ruining the wiring. One went into the toilet pipe horizontally, and one went into the PVC pipe vertically.
All I needed to do now was try it out, so I connected it to the small light bulb, grabbed my fan, and started it up.
If you connect this to a battery, you will get a small amount of electricity. Of course, this can be improved in many ways that could make it even better. For now, a strong wind and a long time spent outside will give you some energy.
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