Intro: Wind Turbine
I'm very interested in freedom, and anything you do not have to pay for.
The wind is free , but turbines cost a lot , so here is how to build a ten foot diameter wind turbine on the cheap.
Step 1: Your Tower Needs an Anchor
Do not under any circumstances dig a hole more than 3 feet deep unless you have been trained to do so. Small hole collapses kill more people every year and if you do not know what to look for you could be taking a chance with your life. Respect the threat and if you are unsure find some one that understands the risks and can help.
You don't want your tower to fall over, so you will need an anchor. I used over a thousand pounds of concrete that I set five feet deep in the ground.
I started by digging a five foot deep hole.
Step 2: Your Turbine Needs Wind
Turbines need to be up as high as you can get them, so to get as high as you can you will need a tower.
I made mine with 6x6's. It's 20 feet tall.
Step 3: Turning on a Dime, or a Bicycle Down Tube
Your turbine will need to be able to turn into the wind. Bicycle parts can take a lot of abuse, so I used them for all my moving parts. Here is how I used a front wheel fork down tube and bearing housing for my turbine's pivot.
Step 4: Electric Boogaloo
I've been looking into a generator for some time. I've read in a few places that this is a really great motor to use and I found it on my first try digging at the dump : )
I'd like to wrap my own coils at some point, but for right now this will have to do.
Step 5: The Cutting Edge of Power
I've seen many websites that show how to cut blades out of pipe, but I had never seen anyone use thin wall 6 inch pvc used. My blades are 4 feet and ten inches long and they are cut to hold a 45 degree pitch from the hub all the way to the tip.
I'm very happy with how they turned out : )
Step 6: I've Got a Nose for Wind
The nose cone is really just for aesthetics. I vacuum formed mine and my vacuum form machine's check valve had gone bad , so at some point I will need to make another one. The next one will have a raised ring around it with a v shape to it, and I'll put a v notch in each blade to hold it in place better.
Step 7: Enjoy the Freedom
And remember , Be safe , Have fun and go green for the green.
It does not have to cost a lot to do great things your imagination is the limit ,