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Transcript of Independence Project
Drilling the holes
I have decided to create my own electricity to power the cabin I built on my parent’s property in Southern Oregon.
My goal was to create a power system that I could use to power a single light in the cabin, a way to charge my phone, and a small sound system.
Setting the boxes
Boxes are placed where ever receptacles are needed. They are nailed to the side of the stud, at six to eight inches off the floor.
The boxes will be used to contain the wires after they are run.
The first step is to drill holes in the middle of the wall studs.
The holes need to be drilled in the middle of the stud so it will not hit by nails or screws. At this stage, the holes should be drilled at the top end of the stud, to not interfere with the insulation.
The pelton wheel
Hooking up the inverter
Hooking up the batteries
Hooking up wires
Using the holes that are drilled, thread the wire through and make sure theirs a enough wire, to though six inches out of the electrical box.
Every electrical box has two tabs that you punch out, that the wires go through
The whip is essentially a big extension cord. The whip connects to the inverter.
In this picture I am just using a extension cord end replacement.
Each cord contains three wires, hot, ground common.
The wires are hookup to corresponding holes on the back of the receptacle, the wires are haled by four screws, two on either side of the receptacle, you put the wires in to the holes and tighten the screws.
For my batteries I use two six volt deep cycle batteries, that I hookup in series to jump to voltage to 12 volt. I had to jump the voltage for my converter that runs off of a 12 volt system. jumping the voltage also increases the efficiency, higher the voltage the less resistance there is.
A pelton wheel is a way to turn kinetic energy into electricity using coils and magnets.
The magnets rotate round the coils to create alternating current (AC). The AC goes through a bridge rectifier to turn it into direct current (DC), (AC) has to change to direct current (DC) because alternating current (AC) cannot be stored in a battery but direct current (DC) can be.
I use the small creek out side of my cabin I place the pelton wheel where the creek narrowed to get more speed out of the creek.
The inverter increase the voltage to 120v and turn into (AC) from (DC), so the electricity is like the electricity that come out of the wall of your home.
Hooking up the inverter is as simple as hooking up to positive terminal to positive and the navigate to the navigate, then just plug the whip than you have power!
Turning on the light switch
Light switches use the same process to hook up.
I now have the alternator, batteries, wires, pelton wheel, and the junction box hooked up.
All that is left is to screw in the lightbulb and turn on the switch.