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Ghetto water wheel

  1. #1
    Soyboy V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed African Astronaut [my no haunted nonbeing]
    I have a little waterfall that I'd like to put a waterwheel and generator on, just for fun.

    I don't really want to spend any money besides on things like welding rods, but can spare some time to salvage parts, what would could I use? A car alternator or something? I have a fairly good toolshed.
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  2. #2
    Technologist victim of incest
    So your shed is full of tools?
  3. #3
    Soyboy V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed African Astronaut [my no haunted nonbeing]
    Originally posted by Technologist So your shed is full of tools?

    Got like 3 sheds full of tools
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    Grylls motherfucker [abrade this vocal tread-softly]
    Originally posted by MORALLY SUPERIOR BEING V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed Got like 3 sheds full of dead bodies

    oh
  5. #5
    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    Will you be doing your coils yourself?
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    Soyboy V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed African Astronaut [my no haunted nonbeing]
    Originally posted by Sophie Will you be doing your coils yourself?

    I'm thinking of using an alternator or old wiper motor.

    I found an old aluminium motor engine cooling fan that should work as a fairly basic water wheel.
  7. #7
    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    Originally posted by MORALLY SUPERIOR BEING V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed I'm thinking of using an alternator or old wiper motor.

    I found an old aluminium motor engine cooling fan that should work as a fairly basic water wheel.

    Should i envision a cylinder like design?
  8. #8
    just look for a discarded generator.
  9. #9
    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
    I've wanted to do this for years.

    I'm not much of a handy man and don't have much experience with DIY engineering, but I also enjoy a challenge.

    I'm gonna start looking into where I would start on a project like this.

    In the meantime, *subscribed*.
  10. #10
    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
    Do you already have the water wheel?
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    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
    Originally posted by MORALLY SUPERIOR BEING V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed I found an old aluminium motor engine cooling fan that should work as a fairly basic water wheel.

    Do you have a pic by any chance?
  12. #12
    Soyboy V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed African Astronaut [my no haunted nonbeing]
    I haven't worked on this any more so far.
  13. #13
    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
    Originally posted by MORALLY SUPERIOR BEING V: A Cat-Girl/Boy Under Every Bed I haven't worked on this any more so far.

    I still might myself.

    I have a goal of living completely off the grid, but I do want electricity, and I'm considering using a combination of solar panels, hydroelectric generators, a battery bank for backup storage, and then a biodiesel generator for extra backup / emergency depletions.

    Come to think of it, maybe even some wind turbine generators. The mechanics of that shouldn't be all that different from hydroelectric.
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