How to Install a Home Wind Turbine | Ask This Old House

How to Install a Home Wind Turbine | Ask This Old House

so Ross looks like you found the Renewable operation here in the back side of the ranch we've got the solar system up and running three kilowatts 12 panels okay I started producing power yeah yeah and this is our wind turbine pole here look at this right so we're actually on a concrete pad nine foot in diameter yeah three foot deep and then three additional columns that go 20 feet beneath ice right so that anchors us right yeah all right so then from the sonotube here we have some bolts that are gonna actually mount the final pole in its resting place this is interesting so this thing is on a hinge is yeah it's a gaff rig setup so what that means is that this hinge allows us to tip it down for servicing and we can serve it back up lock it in place now are you telling me this whole operations only got this one little wire that's it that's awesome so 1.5 kilowatt wind turbine it's feeding the power down here to that conduit ultimately to the inverter so we got three kilowatts of solar and about half as much coming out of the wind here huh yep we've got a sixty foot pole here press fit together in four separate sections and the thing with wind it's all about the wind velocity so the higher you go the more power that's available to us like to see a 60-foot pole as well as something up here on a hill because you know the wind is blowing up there for sure we got plenty of it so this is our components for the wind turbine first of the blades all right we have our 10 foot in diameter nice all right and there are three of them and the bigger the better right so the more when we can capture the more power we can generate all right all right so that gets connected to our nasal alright this is where the power is actually generated so it connects right here to the shaft this spins and in turn has this generator that creates electricity and sends the power down the pole and you're calling us what is that a nasal a nasal right and this is our tail vein yeah the tail vein connects to the back of the nasal and that makes sure that we're oriented correctly right into the wind so our blades can spin and these three come together which we're ready to do we're ready to do it yeah we get started by moving the needle into place we pull the wire through the conduit of the nasal good ready spin and then we hand tighten the threaded connection of the nasal to the pole and then we lock it down with the chain wrench oh yeah it takes a little bit of leverage right you need it tight now we can make our wiring connections we move the tail vein into place and lock it down with two bolts now we're ready for the blades we take the blades we mount it to the shaft of the nasal and then we lock it down with a reverse threaded nut and we cover up the blades we cover up the nasal and then we're ready to lift it up so Kevin our wind tower weighs 3,000 pounds we're going to be using this guide wire here connected to our gin Pole then down to this winch as we start to pull the winch and that wire in the wind tower is going to rotate about our hinge and get up vertical nice oh you're that beauty oh you wouldn't think us pulled on this mobility good but it is power leverage right there she's all whoa let's get those nuts on there we can secure it so we've got a wire at the base of that tower and you run it underground that's right – so comes in on this conduit right here right and it feeds into our inverter we also have solar power that's coming into our inverter both of them are DC power and they get converted here to AC power and that feeds out in this conduit here to feed into our house and barn so when we need power in the house it is going to first draw from this system right here either solar or wind that's right or both or both and if we need more power than we generate it grabs it from the grid that's right and if we generate more power than we need then our meters are the backwards we feed the grid and our neighbors get to use some clean electricity beautiful so how do we get this lit up we just got to get an electrical inspection and then we can turn it on all right the inspector gave us a sign-off Robin we are live producing power that's great but waiting a long time can't wait to see how it does well it's doing okay already so you got yourself a perfect spot for a wind power I'll let y'all know how it does and board my calculations pretty good or not sounds good alright nice job right Thanks you you


  1. Curt Nicholson

    It's to bad that unless I missed it you don't seem to mention the cost anywhere for people who are interested.

  2. Paul Andrew Mitchell

    Kevin, You guys always make these projects look SOOOOO EZ!! (But, I do know better 🙂 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  3. Charlie Zeng

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  4. jaime delgado

    Arent you scared you'll get cancer having it so close to your house? Im a windmill cancer survivor myself. Many arent as lucky. Also what do you do with all the dead bald eagles at the base everyday? I hope you at least taxidermy them. If so Id like to buy a couple so if you could leave a link to your merch that would be great. Also how do you sleep with all the noise it makes? I bet you turn it off at night. Lucky owls or they would get minced as well.

  5. green genie

    I would not be happy with the tiny concrete foundation. There is a massive load – cantilevered off the edge of the concrete under the hinge, which is likely to crumble over time. The hinge area needs more support!

  6. Buchanan Sleeve

    I can see these guys are not electricians. As an electrician of 32 yrs i would never do such at crappy job at their terminations

  7. Artjoms Pugacovs

    Never do this for you diy home turbine, look at the numbers of electronic componets inside.
    He will have to take it down soo again and replace circuit board.
    Here how you do it correctly. Drag 3 phases from turbine into your house, then connect it to speed controlller/charger at your home.

  8. stevensrspcplusmc

    My question is.. how many years before it paid off with use ? I bet you money it will break before that.. total bull shit

  9. William Baker

    Why is it commentors see a single video where the crew isn't doing the work and assume all future episodes will be non DIY videos?

    You see this all the time on youtube "oh god you did something on YouTube therefore every episode will be different…."

  10. 15past2

    WAY- WAY tooooo small on the wire and way-way too much concrete to hold that pole.
    That's an AC wire not for running DC over some distance. He will be lucky if he gets half of what little he will produce down to the converter. DC at low voltages loses much of its current, unlike AC.
    All that work mostly wasted!

  11. Mark Hutchinson

    With all that sun they instal a just a few panels but opt for this rediculous wind turbine for the amount of money spent this is ASS-BACKWARDS He coukd out in 30 panels or more for less money and used a pika or tesla 2 battery and been done with it.

  12. Terry Tytula

    This is absolutely stupid, massive pole, massive foundation, why not bolt it to the building? it's higher and that's probably where the power going anyway.

  13. Paul R

    That pole is insanely big for 1kw of power, and this is why the wire is so small. I would have expected at least 10 or 15 kw for that size of pole. Also for the size of that guys property why such a small system? I would think that 10 to 12 KW on the solar would be more like it, as 12KW solar gives an average of about 4KW, and the wind power depends on the wind in the area. I am basically saying if you are going to pay someone to put something in it is better to pay for more than you need because the cost difference in the larger is not much when looking at the overall cost. Also it means that you will not need to upgrade in the future, and if you are using solar and don't have much backup it can power all of your appliances during the day, and then batteries will keep your food cool and your lights on at night.

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