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04-02-2012, 07:13 PM
Pretty amazing bit of DIY.


Well, everybody else is posting cool videos from Wimp.com...........

04-02-2012, 08:04 PM
Great story!


04-02-2012, 08:14 PM
he should be studying creationism

04-02-2012, 08:34 PM
Well done, that man.

Steve McMahon
04-02-2012, 09:07 PM
Thank you.

04-02-2012, 09:28 PM
Thanks! Amazing fellow.

04-03-2012, 07:15 AM
Bravo, William!

This is a great story.

Mickey Lake

04-03-2012, 06:15 PM
What a great story! Really brightened my day.

ron ll
04-03-2012, 06:20 PM
Is this the same story that was a book called, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"?

04-04-2012, 05:52 AM
I love it! Pic in a book, that's all he needed to build an electricity generating windmill with wooden poles, a bicycle and an old tractor fan. Very humbling and very 'can do' old school. Our grandfathers would have had more in common with this man than us.

04-04-2012, 07:33 AM
Exactly correct. I was out looking in my dad's shop yesterday at his grinding wheel, the anvil that came from my grandfather, and the literally hundreds of hand tools he had hung on specifically marked pegs on the wall or through slots on boards he had made and told my mom that in my dad's day if you bunged up a saw blade or a lawnmower blade you took it off and sharpened it good as new. In my day you go buy a new mower. The ability to fix things, to do simple repairs around the house, is something that most of us don't even consider these days.

Mickey Lake

Dan McCosh
04-04-2012, 07:57 AM
It's fascinating on many levels. It would seem that the idea wasn't based on a picture in a book, but on the kid realizing that an automotive electrical system is capable of producing electricity for a house. The larger issue is why aren't there more projects like this in small villages in underdeveloped countries? Most of the kids I knew at that age tended to be making stuff most of the time--mainly for recreation, but some of it useful. Our house was full of stuff in progress, and most of the adults were inventing things and making them for a living. The intense manual labor of farming was a strong motivator to create the industrial "revolution". Why isn't invention more widespread?