Building a Small Wind Turbine: Wiring

What You'll Need
Drill Bits (7/32 inch, 1/4 inch, 5/16 inch)
Jigsaw with a metal blade
Pipe Wrench
Flat Head Screwdriver
Crescent Wrench
Vise and/or Clamp
Wire Strippers
Tape Measure
Marker Pen
Compass + protractor
1/4 inch #20 Thread Tapping Set
Mounting tools

This article will help you build a small wind turbine on your own. This is just one part of the several articles that will get you through each of the steps of assembling a small wind turbine. In this particular article, you will tackle the wiring and assembly of the small wind turbine. Continue reading below to learn the things that you will need and how to go about assembly and wiring the small wind turbine.

Step 1 – Position Motor

Once motor is ready for use, place it on top of the square tubing and secure it using two bolts of 5/16 by 3/4 inch sizes.

Step 2 – Place Diode

Next to position in the square tubing is the diode. Place is about 2 inches behind the motor. Screw it in place using your self-tapping metal screw.

Step 3 – Connect Wires

Now, using the black wire from the motor, connect it to the positive incoming terminal that you will find in your diode. It will be labeled as AC on the positive side. Next, connect your red wire from your motor to the negative incoming terminal which is labeled AC on the negative side.

Step 4 – Install the Tail

Take your tail and center it over your square tubing. Position it at the back end and clamp it on the side of your tubing. Use 2 self-tapping screws and secure it in place.

Step 5 – Position Blade on the Hub

Now, it's time to assemble the blade on the hub that you've previously made. Remember, the rest of the steps that complete this small wind turbine project can be found in other articles. Line up the blade such that their holes are all aligned onto the hub. Use your bolts and washers with 1/4 inch size and connect the blades to the hub. For the three holes in the inner section, make sure to use two washers for each bolt, having one washer on each side of the blade. For the outer holes, you will only need one washer next to the head of your bolt. Tighten the bolts before proceeding to the next step.

Step 6 – Secure Hub and Motor Shaft

Now, the end of your motor's shaft will be coming through the hub. Hold it with pliers as you turn the hub counter-clockwise. This will secure the two together in place. Continue turning until the shaft is tight and secure.

Step 7 – Screw Nipple into Floor Flange

Using a pipe wrench, secure the nipple into the floor flange. Make sure it is tight and secure. Clamp it in a vice so that your floor flange is leveled and facing up.

Step 8 – Connect Floor Flange and Tubing

Now, it's time to take your square tubing with everything installed on it and place it at the top of the floor flange. Adjust accordingly such that everything is balanced and in place. Now, mark the square tubing where the holes of the floor flange can be seen. Drill two holes in your square tubing with a 5/32-inch drill bit. You might need to temporarily take off the hub or tail in order to drill. Once the holes are drilled, it's time to attach the square tubing to your floor flange using two sheet metal screws.

Now, it's time to mount your small wind turbine. You will find the steps for this task on another article.