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WATERWHEEL Plans

Purchase plans to build a Waterwheel.

Waterwheels add a wonderful touch to your landscape.  Such attractions add both a soothing sound and appearance to your yard and garden.  It can be a stand-alone unit or you can also purchase plans for a MILLHOUSE to go with it.

Plans are available for waterwheel sizes from 2' to 8' in diameter.  These plans are user-friendly and each set includes two 24 X 36 plans with full size patterns, three pages of step-by-step instructions, a detailed list of parts (number of pieces and size) for your choice of wheel size, plus helpful tips and suggestions.

These plans explain a somewhat complicated project in a way that will help you succeed in building a waterwheel of the size you want.  If you do need help though, a technical support phone number is included so you can call the plan maker directly if you have any questions.

A set of plans and instructions covers a range of wheel sizes from 24 to 96 diameter, as well as several ways to customize your waterwheel. The 48 diameter is the most popular size. For smaller yards, 36 is good. To help you decide, we suggest that you cut a circle from cardboard or old plywood, then move it around your yard to see what size looks best and where you get the best view. Some times a slight change of the angle makes a big difference. 

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Waterwheel Plans #2007

Choose wheel size. If no size is chosen, 48" will be shipped.

 

 

 

Millhouse Plans #2007 MH 

Plans for the millhouse have been developed in proportion to the 48 waterwheel, since that is the most popular size, ideal for most yards. However, these plans are well detailed so you can adjust for size and climate. Drawings are scaled = 1'-0" and 3"= 1'-0", so it is not hard to adapt.

 

 

Combination Set - Waterwheel and Millhouse Plans #2007 WWMH  When you purchase your waterwheel plans, you can save money by ordering the millhouse plans at the same time, and you will only pay one shipping charge. Choose wheel size. If no size is chosen, 48" will be shipped.   

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Questions and Answers:

Can I build this waterwheel myself? 

With my 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.

How much maintenance does this waterwheel require?

Shut off 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 thirty minutes. I recommend using quick release connectors on the water line.   

How much water does it use?

You may 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 and bearings?

No bearings are needed. My system uses cedar hubs on a steel pipe axle.

Are there any safety concerns?

Be sure 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?

Yes, 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?

Cedar is 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?

It is 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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