Can I build this
detailed plans, patterns, and step-by-step instructions, plus some basic
tools, I believe you can successfully complete your own operating
waterwheel. I have photos of projects up to eight feet in diameter built
by first-time woodworkers.
How much water
volume is needed to operate the wheel?
I use a
“Little Giant Water Wizard” pump, rated operating capacity 1200 gph. To
lift the water five feet reduces the capacity to 1100 gph; ten feet,
1000 gph. A variety of submersible pumps are available from your garden
supply, water garden, or hardware store.
maintenance does this waterwheel require?
the electricity and clear the intake of the pump once a week - two to
three minutes. Clean the
pump and store for winter if your local weather requires it - fifteen to
I recommend using quick release connectors on the
How much water does
need to add an inch or two a week to replace water that has evaporated,
been blown by the wind, or splashed out by birds bathing. Of course,
this depends on the size of your pond. If you have a stream, leaf jams
could cause some loss through overflow.
What about the axle
bearings are needed. My system uses cedar hubs on a steel pipe axle.
Are there any
you use a G. F. I. (Ground Fault Interrupter) on a 110 V. outlet. Check
your local bylaws before you dig out your pond. In some
municipalities, a bylaw requires that you have a fence around water over
a certain depth.
Can my waterwheel
be moved if we relocate?
depending on the size you build, and how you mount it. If you build a
small waterwheel with a wooden box for a pond, you can even use it on a
balcony or a patio.
What kind of wood
should I use?
the best choice. It is reasonably priced and easy to work with. Do not
use pressure-treated lumber.
Should I stain or
seal the wood?
best to leave the wood untreated. It will age naturally and the water
will swell the wood to tighten the joints and stop any leaks. In the
long run, you will have less maintenance to do.
Is there anything
else I should know?
I do not
advise digging out a pond or stream in your lawn without first talking
it over with your spouse!!! Believe me, I tried it. Barb loved it after
it was done and would not be without it now, but for a while, let's just
say that things were a little quiet. Oh well, all's well that ends well.
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