Pvc Wind Mill

Introduction: Pvc Wind Mill

This is a wind powered turbine that shows you that you can make power by using the wind. This costs around 50 dollars, and is easy to build in a day.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Materials You Will Need Are:

◊ (5) 1” PVC 90° Fittings 

◊ (3) 1” PVC T Fittings 

◊ (5 ft) 1” PVC Pipe 

◊ (1) 1” PVC Coupler 

◊ (1) Motor 500 (Pitsco)

◊ (4 ft) 22 Gauge Hook Up Wire 

◊ (2) Clips (Alligator or Banana) 

◊ (1) Simple Multimeter to Record Power Output

◊ (1) Hub, Tinkertoy or a round piece of wood to attach blades) 

• 4” dowels 3/8” dia. (or Tinkertoy rods)— attach blades that you make to this. To build this turbine from scratch you’ll need at a minimum a drill, ruler, PVC cutter or hacksaw, wire strippers, soldering iron, solder, duct tape, glue.

♢ (4) Shrink tubes

Step 2: Assemble Base:

Piece PVC piping together as shown, cutting 2, 6 in pieces. Make 2 of these.

Step 3: Make Support Beam:

Cut 2 PVC pieces of 4 in. Assemble using the T piece.

Step 4: Add Pole to Support Turbine:

Cut a 18 in PVC piece and place in 90°bend.

Step 5: Place 45° Angle Piece:

Place 45°angle piece at the top of the support beam.

Step 6: Make Blades:

Make blades from wood. After you make and sand blades, tape eye hooks to the end of the blades. ×4

Step 7: Make Wooden Hub:

Drill 4 holes in wooden wheel to screw eye hooks into.

Step 8: Putting Blades to Hub:

Add the blades to the hub. All of them. All four.

Step 9: Adjusting Motor:

If your motor doesen't fit the piping snugly, add tape around motor to fit securely.

Step 10: Wires:

Solder wires to motor.

Step 11: Solder Alligator Clips:

First put shrink tubes on wires then solder alligator clips to wires. Next shrink the tubes with a blow dryer.

Step 12: Finishing Touches:

Connect your multimeter to the alligator clips and place wind mill on top of an air conditioning unit.

Step 13: Additional Options:

If you are interested in harnessing this power, you may add an inverter at this point.

Explore Science Contest

Participated in the
Explore Science Contest

MAKE ENERGY: A US-Mexico Innovation Challenge

Participated in the
MAKE ENERGY: A US-Mexico Innovation Challenge

Be the First to Share


    • Backyard Contest

      Backyard Contest
    • Silly Hats Speed Challenge

      Silly Hats Speed Challenge
    • Finish It Already Speed Challenge

      Finish It Already Speed Challenge

    3 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is great. You should try hooking it up to LED christmas lights and see how many it will light up.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    That turned out looking great! I'd love to see what you power off of it!


    Reply 5 years ago

    I plan to charge a battery by putting an inverter on it.