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    I am the President of a new not-for-profit corporation which will be building a 1800s mining adventure. We will have a museum with old mining tools, a working blacksmith shop, an ore crushing station, a sluice box, a panning area, a mine entrance with cart, a dutch oven station, and a small garden with vegetables and fruit trees.

    I have a creek on the property which has a total of about 160' of fall from one end of the property to the other. I have decided to look at adding a working water wheel into the mix. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this? I'm thinking about an 8'-10' wheel that will be 18"-24" wide. I'm just wondering if anyone has any info or recommendations and what type of flow may be required?

    Mark
    Last edited by ToUtahNow; 02-01-2012, 09:08 PM.
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    Re: New Project - Need Water Wheel Info

    Mark, sounds like you have some challenging and fun projects ahead. I did a Internet search and was surprised by how much information is out there. This link has a step by step, good information and small video, Building a Waterwheel - Hydro

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      Travel to Cape Cod. Go to sandwich and visit the grist mill. It's still grinding corn to corn meal. New Hampshire has them as well as Vermont.
      I've always wanted to do this. Use a large truck rear end mounted in concrete. Water wheel would use a large wheel as it's axis. drive shaft to transmission transfers power for elec. generation or saw mill. I'll go if tozzi will
      I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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        Re: New Project - Need Water Wheel Info

        I actually worked for a guy a couple of years ago, that built a water wheel along one of the rivers here. I can't remember if he built it for water reasons or electricity reasons. Very neat thing though.

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          Re: New Project - Need Water Wheel Info

          We had Grist Mills in Michigan too when we lived there. They worked just like they did back in the day.

          I would think the flow would depend on what kind of work your going to do with the wheel. The size of the paddles or boxes would make a difference. The more horsepower required, the bigger the box and the amount of water that goes into each one. Like everything else on the Internet, there is probably a Water Wheel Calculator out there.

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            Re: New Project - Need Water Wheel Info

            My dad, as a boy ,took the corn to the Mill Man. He said" they had great conversations
            while the granite stones did their work"
            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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              Re: New Project - Need Water Wheel Info

              I saw one at a restaurant in Gatlinburg Tenn
              It was impressive

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                I have not decided just what we will use the water wheel for just that I want to add one. Perhaps we can construct an old arrastra instead of an ore crusher. The canyon next to me has an old arrastra which was originally built by the Spanish Conquistadors.

                Mark
                "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                  Re: New Project - Need Water Wheel Info

                  Vikers vane Hydralic pump would give many options
                  I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                  • #10
                    Mark, what ever happened with the water wheel project?
                    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

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                      The water wheel being used as part of the gold mining experience. We ran a 1/4 mile PVC line from the water company tank overflow to power it. Then added a bunch of panning stations for the kids to pan with. The only picture I have right now is in the off season and someone parked Click image for larger version

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                      Mark
                      "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                      I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                      • #12
                        Very nice. Thanks for the update Mark.
                        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

                        https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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