Building a Home Made Generator - Basic Instructions
A home made generator is likely to save you at least 50% of your monthly electricity bill and won't cost an arm and a leg to build either.
With a very basic knowledge of electric wiring, some basic tools and a little initiative, you can have your homemade generator built in a matter of days.
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Probably the most expensive item to buy is the motor, but if you look around in your neighbor's garage and ask them nicely, one of them is bound to have an old lawnmower engine that is just taking up space. One simple lawnmower engine is likely to provide you enough power to at least heat the water in your geyser, and you can use a few generators at the same time to provide enough power to light up your whole house.
You should preferably mount your home made generator on a platform with wheels, as this makes it much easier to move it around without having to pick it up all the time. This can be done quite easily if you use an old go-kart with the wheels still intact or even a children's trolley that has a metal base. Using a trolley with a metal base is very important as the home made generator will be very heavy and any other kind of base will likely sag or snap from the weight.
The next part of the home made generator that you would need is an electric alternator. Most car scrap yards will have many old car alternators which you can attach to the generator and will cost you almost nothing. The stronger the alternator is, the stronger your power output will be, so make sure you get a really strong, sturdy one.
If you are going to use a wind turbine or generator to help with generating electricity, you would need to find pieces of metal that you can use to create the windmill at the top of a long pole. These pieces of metal and the pole can be bought very cheaply at scrap yards or second hand metal dealers. You will have to sand the metal down to its raw form and then spray paint it to prevent rust and damage from the elements, but it is well worth putting this extra effort in.
Once you have an alternator and the motor from the old lawnmower, you would need to bolt both of these down quite securely on to the trolley to make sure that the vibration of the motor does not dislodge the generator. It is important to space the alternator and motor at the right distance so that you can add a pulley that runs between the two. If the space is too short, then the pulley will sag; if the space is too long, then the pulley will be too tight.
Once all the parts are connected and running together, all that remains is to test that power is being generated, and then hook the home made generator up to your geyser or anything else that you need to power. With your home made generator, free electricity has never been easier!
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