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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2015, 05:08:11 PM »
Here's a rough sketch of the floor plan..


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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2015, 08:39:20 AM »
I love it.  We spend most of our time on the porch, so good call there.  What solar array/configuration do you have in mind, if any?
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« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2015, 09:15:22 AM »
I love it.  We spend most of our time on the porch, so good call there.  What solar array/configuration do you have in mind, if any?
Still working on the power options.  We haven't decided completely on solar.  There's a lot of wind up there too, so we may have a combination of the two.  We have a generator for now, but don't want to use that too much, if any, for obvious reasons.

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« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2015, 09:32:32 AM »
You might try homemade wind power.  I visited someone out on TR several years ago who at that time had several of these wind generators running.  I even made one myself just for fun.  And it's cheap!

http://velacreations.com/howto/chispito/

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« Reply #34 on: July 30, 2015, 09:59:03 AM »
Jim, I'm actually working on that. Abe sent me those plans about 10 years ago, but he's updated it to much easier instructions. 

Did you run into any unforeseen obstacles when you made yours?

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« Reply #35 on: July 30, 2015, 11:26:04 AM »
That's an interesting concept.  What's used for the actual generator?  I don't seem to see that in the article.

We got by on a 50 watt array with two deep cycle batteries for a little over a year to just run small fans, some 12 volt lights, phone and drill chargers and other little odds and ends.  The water tower was designed to serve as a not only a water collection endpoint, but also future solar panels and comm antennas.  We've gotten so used to being able to hang out up there - enjoying the breeze, stargazing and critter watching - I've hesitated to clutter it up with stuff.

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« Reply #36 on: July 30, 2015, 12:10:01 PM »
The power is generated using a recycled treadmill motor!

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« Reply #37 on: July 30, 2015, 01:53:58 PM »
I'm working on a 24X8 tiny in my backyard.

This is a SLOW project since I'm using recycleds.

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Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #38 on: July 30, 2015, 02:49:54 PM »
Where do you pick up recycled treadmill motors?
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« Reply #39 on: July 30, 2015, 02:51:42 PM »
Lol. No idea.  I'll Probably look on craigslist for a cheap treadmill or just buy a new motor.

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Re: Curious Question
« Reply #41 on: July 30, 2015, 07:33:17 PM »
Jim, I'm actually working on that. Abe sent me those plans about 10 years ago, but he's updated it to much easier instructions. 

Did you run into any unforeseen obstacles when you made yours?

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I didn't run into any problems when I made mine.  If you note the green PVC blades on the generator on Abe's web site, his were made from some extra lengths of the 1/4" thick walled pipe I gave to him after I made mine.  Using the thicker PVC allowed the blades to be shaped into more of an airfoil than was possible with the 1/8" PVC on his original design.

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« Reply #42 on: July 31, 2015, 08:49:00 PM »
Interesting. Thanks Jim! And thanks for the eBay find!

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Re: Curious Question
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