Strut & Fin
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Obtain a bicycle wheel
Remove the axle.
Pop the bearing cover off.
Remove the bearings.
Clean away the grease.
Oil chuck (reduce weather effects to come)
Cut away half of the pairs of spokes
True the wheel (spoke wrenches can be helpful)
Paint the rim to fend off rust
Apply vinyl for blades
Connect wheel to the axle of another bike wheel for balancing (glue can be helpful)
Mount fin to strut (using glue or other means to hold in place)
Place wheel/chuck onto generator shaft
Mark chuck and shaft (to be able to always use same orientation in the future)
Place wheel/chuck/generator onto strut
Move generator to a point that feels right for distance of wheel from the end of strut
Mark location of generator on strut
Find the center of gravity of that entire assembly and mark it
Remove wheel from generator for now
Drill hole in strut for flange bearing (a little bit toward the wheel to be slightly heavier on the fin side)
Assemble bearing unit
Glue audio jack inside the 3/8" nipple
Attach bearing assembly (with the audio jack/plug for slip ring ready) to strut (JB Weld epoxy for example, good stuff)
Mount generator to strut
Add grease inside chuck (reduce weather effects to come)
Re-attach wheel to generator (trued and balanced)
Mount assembly onto pole (connecting the wires)
Stand back and marvel at what you've built :)
Measure open-ciruit voltage with wheel spinning (wind blowing)
Measure battery voltage
Connect wires to charge controller and battery
Measure voltages again
Allow some charging and measure voltages again
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