Note: This project is not for use during a electrical or thunderstorm. If there is lightning, wait for some other time. Also before any digging is done, please check with authorities to make sure you will not endanger yourself, others, or the utility conduits. I will not be responsible for any issues. Practice common sense. If you are not sure, get an expert to help.
Warning: I will not be responsible for any issues from this project. It is up to you to get an expert if you feel uncomfortable in this project. Since you are stringing out wire and pushing posts in the ground, it will be up to you to protect against any safety issues for humans and or animals..
Note:. Our goal is to power router and low power servers. many people have asked me to give test results. Have not done so as to encourage you to try it yourself. I will say that even just putting the stakes in the grond yeiled a voltage.
Step 1: What's needed.
Backyard, though I suppose several planters could work for part of the experiment.
12 copper spikes (copper tubing was just too expensive and likely to be stolen from the ground. The spikes are easier to disguise and easy to put in the ground.)
12 galvanised nails. (cut up pieces from aluminium oven pans works better. I used the left over edges from our cannoli form making instructable. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-made-cannoli-forms/)
Umpteen feet copper wire
One long roll aluminium foil
High value capacitors.
Extra long measuring tape. (or if you know your footstep stride length (usually about 2.5 feet) will be close enough.
Compass (for finding which way is north(if you know which way the sun rises and sets, you can do a 90 degree angle to that and be pretty close)