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Rule of thumb....

"There will be absolutely
no wind for several days
after you have built your
first windmill! "

This web site is mostly about windmills, as windmills are one of the cheapest ways to make your own clean electricity. In fact the web site was once called "DIY Windmills". Most of the windmills show here at The Back Shed are based on the motor from a Fisher and Paykel washing machine. These motors are very easy to find here in Australia and make excellent windmill generators.

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This web site is here for anyone with an interest in making their own clean renewable power, plus anything else you might get up to in The Back Shed. The projects and information here has been put together with the help of other back shed enthusiasts from around the world, and all information is open source and free.

Latest Articles

Pete's Magnetic Levitation project. Just for fun.

Solar pump. 80 litres per hour.

Added the "Blogs" page, where members can share their blogs about their own back shed projects.

Off Grid calculations.

Some basic maths on calculating solar panel, battery and inverter sizes .


Home made solar panels.

Oz shows us how to build long lasting solar panels.

Introducing the Maximite. Its a powerfull palm sized computer thats runs BASIC. With 20 I/O pins, a VGA and keyboard port, its got some real potential.


In the News


Windmills can be dangerous if not constructed carefully. While the windmills shown here are designed to be strong, I have no control over the handyman capabilities of others and therefore offer no guarantee of safely. I recommend ......

1. You obtain engineering approval for any windmill you build, especially the tower and footings.
2. Don't place your windmill where a failure could cause injury.
3. Obtain local government approval.

Popular Articles

Making circuit boards

Pete explains the process of building PCB boards using the UV film method.


Home made portable battery charger
Using a car alternator and a small petrol motor, you can build a very handy portable charger.

Expanded Scale Volt Meter
A look at building a expanded scale analogue volt meter.

Mini Mill Battery Charger
Taking about 30 minutes to make from old computer parts, the Mini Mill will can charge a couple of Nicad batteries.

Chainsaw Blades!
Forum member Oztules shows us how he made his windmill blades with a chainsaw.

Using the Alegro current sensor chips.
In the Forums
Active topics for the last 24 hours.

  Yaw moments of small wind turbine
Microcontroller and PC projects
  Bypic Vasi
  Buying parts for MicroMite in the UK
  simplest 32MX150 ICSP
  Proto Board for the uMite 28
  Congratulations Geoff . . . .
Other Stuff
  Destination Unknown

>> View more projects here.

If you have a question, and cant find the answer here, then try posting your question on the Forums page where I know you would get a reply in no time at all.