Vertical wind vane, make a vertical wind vane, fiberglass

The vertical wind vane will be made of fiberglass.  The resin can be purchased at  Home Depot and the matting can be purchased on ebay.

The large round top and bottom plates as exactly the same.  I used MDF board from Home Depot and cut out the shape I needed.  I then waxed the board so the resin would not stick.  I then laid up five layers of fiberglass on the board and waited for it to cure.

The vertical vane is more complex as a shape so I made a fiberglass mold for those parts.  I have detailed how I made the mold.

This project is scheduled to last two months.  That is of course if the weather holds out.  It will be a little longer if it gets real cold.

Vertical wind vane, top cap, fiberglass, DIY

Here you can see the first part from the round mold made from MDF panels.  It is six feet in diameter.  The bump in the center will be where a grease seal is fitted.  The wind blows here all of the time and dust is a real problem.  The white edge will be cut off.  You see the panel after we have washed off the wax that came off the MDF panel.

Vertical wind vane mold, fiberglass, DIY

Here you can see the second round disc being made.  On top of the disc is the start of the vertical wind vane mold.  I cut out the shape I wanted and covered it with flexible sheet metal.  I then waxed the metal before laying the fiberglass on the metal surface.

Vertical wind vane, mold, fiberglass, DIY

I added ribs to the curve that also acted as feet for the finished mold.  I added 2x4’s as well to make the whole assemble stiff.  I fiberglassed all of the parts together into one unit.  Here you can see me pull the mold from the sheet metal shape.  The mold was then washed to remove any wax that may have come off the metal.

Vertical wind vane, fibonacci curve, mold

In this picture you can see the shape of the curve in the vertical wind vane.  The curve is part of a spiral that Fibonacci found a long time ago.  You can go to this youtube link to see more detail about the curve.

Vertical wind vane, mold, water pump, DIY

Even though we took great care in making the sheet metal form the mold is not shaped right.  There are small defects that need to be sanded and filled.  Then the edges need to be cut so all of the edges are square and parallel.  Boards have to be added to stiffen the edges so they will hold a straight line.  Another two days of work.

Verical wind vane, finished mold, DIY, fiberglass

Here is the mold after the edges were supported and the edges trimmed square.  Wax is added to the surface and four layers of fiberglass was laid down on the curved surface. (not shown)

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Several years ago I came to realize that many people who think they are prepared for the grid going down or an EMP pulse only really have a temporary water solution.  I saw a need for an inexpensive well pump that operated on a power source immune from the effects of a solar flare or EMP pulse.  I knew that air pressure could be stored easily and made easily by rotary wind vanes or a solar panel and an electric compressor.  This site and products are the water solution I came up with.  It may not be perfect but it will keep you alive.  All of the parts are made of materials which do not make the water unsafe to drink.  Stainless steel, PVC,  and brass make up the main parts.

Everyone should have an emergency water backup plan.  A few gallons of water set aside is great but when it runs out you and everyone else will be searching for clean water.  Open water systems will quickly become contaminated.

In my study of people who prepare for disaster I came across what is known as preppers.  People who try and set aside food or equipment which in a disaster will help them or their neighbors.  We all rely on our technology and if it were to go away  we would lose our ability to survive.  Either exposure, lack of water or food will cause us to wander about with millions of others seeking the necessities of life.

In order to be totally prepared we need to have a plan which supplies shelter, food, and water.  In a major disaster we need to be completely self sufficient with a continuous supply of energy, food, and water.  This is not easy to do.  To attempt to do this on your own will probably not work.  A group of people with the required skills and material will be needed for long term survival.  This site is dedicated to one part of a survival plan.  I will talk about my plans and my systems but I make no guarantee that what I do will work in all environments.  It is best that each of you form your own plans and test all of the systems.  An emergency is not the time to dust off a pile of stuff in the garage to see if it will help you survive.

Please send me any suggestions on survival systems and I will post the ones I think make sense.

This site deals with well pumps, emergency water systems, Preppers, air pump, safe water, EMP issues, Nuclear bomb survival, clean water, Solar flare issues, solar flare 1859, solar flare 1989 Canada, fires caused by electric fields, EMP pulses, emergency survival, Air pressure, inexpensive well pump, cheap well pump, small budget, well case, well cap, solar panals, wind energy, turbine blades, fan blades, electric generation, and many more things.

We at water72 are dedicated to supplying all of the key components so you can safely obtain water in an off grid environment.  The vertical wind vane and solar panel chargers are part of those solutions.  Low tech battery charging controllers are also part of the system we will offer. The systems are made to use renewable sources.  So you could call then green energy systems.  Right now we are projecting that our vertical wind vane will output two horsepower in a stiff wind.  Here in the White Mountains of Arizona a stiff wind is easy to come across.


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