Wind Hooters for Your Yard

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About: I like to tinker and experiment with electronics, robotics, programming, and photography. Along with my latest interest in Steampunk.

Intro: Wind Hooters for Your Yard

Its wintertime and the wind is blowing. Make these "Wind Hooters" instead of wind chimes to add errie sounds to your yard. You can turn them off at night by turning the slots away from the wind (if they bother your neighbors).

Step 1: Cut the Slot

Peel off the label and cut a slot lengthwise down the bottle about 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide and about 5 inches long. You can use a 2 liter soda bottle or even smaller bottles for the windhooter.

Step 2: Drill the Cap

Drill a small hole in the cap for mounting the windhooter down. I used a strip of 2 by 2 and mounted down several bottles.

Step 3: Insert a Screw

Insert a screw in the hole and use this to hold down the bottle. The end of the bottle needs to be capped or it won't hoot.

Step 4: Mount in a Row

Mount several bottles in a row on a 2 by 2 piece of wood. Tie down the strip on a fence, railing or pole in your yard.

Step 5: Adjust Slot in the Wind.

The sound is best if the wind blows across the slot.. You can turn it off by twisting the slot away from the wind. Narrow slots or smaller bottles make higher notes. Experiment with different bottles and slots.

Step 6: Video

Here is a video of the sounds.

Step 7: Credits

I got this idea from Plastorgan. This is a great project for the kids. Also check my webpage for more about the Windhooter.

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    Bubbler

    8 years ago on Introduction

    A good tip for cutting these bottles or aluminium cans, is to fill them with water and freeze them solid. Once frozen, your scalpel can cut exact shapes into the plastic and ice easily.

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    BobblobBubbler

    Reply 2 years ago

    Nice tip, I wonder if filling them with fine sand would work too? Maybe tape up the cuts and holes as you work to hold the sand until done!

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    MadbearforgeBubbler

    Reply 2 years ago

    that is an excellent tip! Of course I read it only AFTER struggling with three bottles lol. Definitely heeding your advice next time!

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    bobs cycle shop

    5 years ago on Step 7

    Made 3 today! a 2 liter, a 1 liter and a 20 ounce... all I need now are a 3 liter and a 16 ounce, lol. Put them on my Halloween Shed way up in the pasture behind my house and over the hill-perfect to annoy the neighbors up that way I can't stand!

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    botronicsreedarama

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Good job. Wind Harps work too. I turn mine out of the wind most of the time to keep my neighbor happy. But it is fun hearing it when the wind picks up.

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    Orchid-Black

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Our house gets this sound with very little wind, all on its own! It was strange when we first moved in, but now I rather like it.

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    spylock

    8 years ago on Step 6

    Sounds errie,my window does it when we get a noreaster,no matter how warm I am the noise will still give me a chill.

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    treazured

    9 years ago on Step 6

    I love it! Simple and fast, this will be a great addition to my yearly yard haunt to add spooky sounds in the graveyard. I can put them inside one of the mausoleums with a fan to blow across them and make spooky sounds. Thanks much!

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    JerryMopar

    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is so easy, I will have to try this, thanks for posting!

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    baudeagle

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Why not add a swivel to your cap and then place a tail at a 90 degree angle to the slot (like a windmill). That way when the wind blows the bottle will automatically orient itself in the winds and start howling.

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    botronicsbaudeagle

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    That would work. You can cut up a second bottle for the vane and use sheet metal screws to attach them.

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    Rishnai

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! My friends and I go through a lot of two-liters, so I've got enough bottles to experiment with. We've been having a heckuva wind here lately so it shouldn't be an issue, but for when thigs go back to sanity, any idea what kind of wind velocity you need to have them work?

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    botronicsRishnai

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    That's a good question. Maybe 20 to 25 mph. Perhaps i should attach one to my car's bumper and note the speed. At least it would scare away the deer in the road.