-George in Alaska
George gets his unit raised with the help from a couple of friends.
More comments added 2-19-07
We don't move too fast here in
Alaska, but today it's up and running. The wind was slow today.
So it was the perfect day for raising it. As you know I'm going
with a the 2" inch pipe, down sized to an inch and a half at the
Wind Generator and 1/8th in. aircraft cable guy wires.
I used a "Rigid" brand 12 gauge
extension cord to get to the rectifier. I used Rigid brand
because it is rated to 57 below and this is Alaska. Then I used
stranded 8 gauge from the rectifier to the batteries. I'm going
with a 12 volt system for now, because I already had a 12
I used a 3 foot section of 1 1/2"
pipe to offset for the extension cord to run through. I welded a
3/16" gusset plate on both sides where both pipes over lapped
each other 12" and ran a solid bead down all the edges. After a
high speed buff clean, I heated the new metal and added primer
and paint to match the galvanized pipes.
Terry, I really like the close
tolerances. Even on the cable clamp bracket, I used a nut driver
to loosen it to get the wire through and tighten again. Close
tolerances are the only way to go. I feel real confident that
nothing will start to egg out after a few years of use.
That is one sealed unit you have
there, I can't see how any water in going to get in there and I
feel confident of no rusting to any bearings.
Another great thing is the
workmanship that goes into one of these things. I was impressed
from the start. Very sturdy. I love the tail it is just right
for tailing that thing in a strong wind. As we talked before, we
get about 30 to 50 mile per hour winds or better. It is about 10
miles per hour now and spinning away.
I will have a meter on it
in a few days (yeah right) but seriously I will get one soon and
let you know what I'm putting out then.
Well, as you know I'm pleased and
need to purchase 2 more to complete my farm. I will be getting a
hold of you this summer as we talked (when they are a little
easier to get up) for the other 2.
George in Alaska
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