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Micro Hydro Electric Power System in Colorado Part 13 TESTING

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Next step - Pressure Testing our Micro Hydro pipeline and completing assembly of penstock parts.
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Jan 23, 2015

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AJB
AJB 5 months ago
I watch a lot of videos on RUvid. A lot! I just wanted you to know that your videos (series) is the most interesting, informative, awesome, fun videos I have come across in a long time. I hope you continue to make more. Thank you for sharing.
kanga1234567
kanga1234567 3 months ago
Well said! 🖒
Marlon
Marlon 5 months ago
Well said, and true
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 5 months ago
ANDREW Hey thanks so much for the kind comment and thanks for watching.
Mike Hoffman
Mike Hoffman Hour ago
High agree about the music loudness. In technical explainations music is a distraction.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 46 minutes ago
MrHydrohead 2 hours ago I have posted a non-music version for you. Here is a short intro video with links to non music versions in the comments section ruvid.net/video/video-6LfP8funM3k.html
Andy King
Andy King Day ago
What about this water generator? www.aliexpress.com/store/product/5000w-220V-water-Hydroelectric-generator-Single-phase-or-three-phase-Low-Speed-Start-NdFeB-permanent-magnet/2828045_32971050046.html?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.1.ad844e5eogZ7Ef
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 2 hours ago
Looks interesting, not that we need any more gear here, but thanks for posting, others might find it useful. and thx for watching
Shawn Crocker
Shawn Crocker 3 days ago
I'm hoping you choose that background music because you wrote it not because you like it. Ouch! I'm liking what your showing me but I'm not liking the strange feeling of a cheap cosplay style sifi movie that music is making me feel.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 2 hours ago
I have posted a non-music version for you. Here is a short intro video with links to non music versions in the comments section ruvid.net/video/video-6LfP8funM3k.html
Michael pearson
Michael pearson 5 days ago
The music is very intrusive and spoils the vidio.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 2 hours ago
I have posted a non-music version for you. Here is a short intro video with links to non music versions in the comments section ruvid.net/video/video-6LfP8funM3k.html
Bee Gee
Bee Gee 8 days ago
Imagine doing all that great work and never truly owning the land. Men with guns (government enforcers) will seize your property of you choose to not be coerced into paying an annual ransom (property taxes). Government is slavery and needs to be completely abolished so people can be free. Without cops and military, politicians would have no one to violently force their opinions on others.
Llewellyn Patrick
A solid, practical post on how to build a hydro system. Liked and subs +1. I'm now going to watch the rest of the series and try it for myself. Nicely done.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 8 days ago
Thx for watching!
NonSense BoY
NonSense BoY 8 days ago
😡😳😳😡😳😡😳😡😵🤤🤐😓🤤🤓🤤😔🤐🤐🤤😔😯😔🤤😔🤐🤤🤐🤤😔😛🤤😓🤐🤤😔
DestinationFreedom
DestinationFreedom 11 days ago
Oh yeah that's easy for you to say... :-)
George Moore
George Moore 13 days ago
I'm enjoying your video, but the background music can be quite loud, and annoying at times. Please bring this down a few notches
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 days ago
I may post versions of the videos with no music for people such as yourself. I am a retired filmmaker and so the choices I made were largely for my own aesthetic. Thanks for watching just the same
Footprint Gardens gardening for the future
Excellent work!!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 days ago
Thanks for the kind comment. I never know who has seen what. Watch parts 20-1,2,3 for a synopsis of the whole project. This is a playlist of those 3 parts: ruvid.net/group/PLtTypVpmDd-vkT9bJQkXw4I1t0e_4jMYA The whole series of videos is 20+ videos.
kevin wallis
kevin wallis 14 days ago
the black rubber couplings aren't rated for that much pressure, and that's why they are bulging.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 days ago
I asked about those at my pipe supplier yesterday and they only had them in stock up to 4". Thanks for the suggestion, I will try to find a source for those for 6" And thanks for watching
JJ G
JJ G 12 days ago
he should of used a ban clamp like the ones used with cast iron pipes,the one with the thin metal that goes around the rubber than there's four clamps instead of two
Bernard 72021
Bernard 72021 20 days ago
A lot of work, instead of using an opened to air system!
Lorne Johnson
Lorne Johnson 22 days ago
You doing pretty good job doing all that y'all use the wrong Parts ct adapter is not designed for pressure don't use gate valves used ball valves
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 days ago
Haven't had any problems to date and haven't used the butterfly or gate valve once since installed. Thx for watching
hitechguy18
hitechguy18 22 days ago
1:33 you shroud replace the wood with Cement Watch Concrete Garden Boxes - DIY Forms to Pour and Cast Cement Planter link together Beds ruvid.net/video/video-dd_5eeEPxH0.html - you can adapt the sizes even adjust to make posts / slabs / pipes > even fit rebar for extra strength - what is nice about this you can make each one human liftable and interlocking - you also make a few spares and bees wax up the casts to make replacements in future What you can do is to make the cement more water resistant is after it set / gone hard > coat it with 2 part Epoxy resin / or Plastic dip this - to help keep the water out in winter and tuning to ice crystals in air pockits/cells and shattering the cement bonds an hold up for years 200+
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 days ago
Actually I think the link is ruvid.net/video/video-yuSBwFkCiAw.html It does look interesting. Thanks for the suggestion. and Thx for watching
Symbol Y
Symbol Y 26 days ago
this is so relaxing
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 days ago
Glad you like. Thx for watching
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson 28 days ago
AWSOME ENOUGH SAID ALL THE BEST
CJWarlock
CJWarlock 29 days ago
I remember watching and liking this video some years ago. Now I don't see my like. Where's my like, RUvid? Great video BTW.
Andy King
Andy King Day ago
CJWarlock on AliExpress www.aliexpress.com/store/product/5000w-220V-water-Hydroelectric-generator-Single-phase-or-three-phase-Low-Speed-Start-NdFeB-permanent-magnet/2828045_32971050046.html?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.1.ad844e5eogZ7Ef
Ray ,
Ray , Month ago
Hi from UK. Air in water lines cause cavitation..not good.. Good on venting off.. We work at 4000 bar! For big oil peps in Norway :) Keep up the great work and vids :) 🖒🖒
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 27 days ago
Woah thats some hefty pressure! Thanks for watching
Wesley Windham
Wesley Windham Month ago
What you've actually built there is called a PSV or a Pressure Service Valve at the end some people call them pop off valves but that's pretty cool what you've built there
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
thx for watching
Royall Clark
Royall Clark Month ago
I'm sure this is a very good video but I just couldn't watch it because of the loud music over powering the commentary. Maybe it my old ears.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Sorry you didn't like it. I get the occasional complaint on the music (few out of the 1.5Million views) and some of them are mean and just get deleted. I made this video years ago and have lessened the use of music in other subsequent videos. Thx for trying to watch anyway. I never know who has seen what. Watch parts 20-1,2,3 for a synopsis of the whole project. This is a playlist of those 3 parts: ruvid.net/group/PLtTypVpmDd-vkT9bJQkXw4I1t0e_4jMYA The synopsis parts only have intro and end music.
v catski
v catski Month ago
excellent composition
combitz
combitz Month ago
Ruined by the musicrendering the video useless, other than pointing at stuff I can't hear any technical info.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
thanks for the input
combitz
combitz Month ago
@MrHydrohead I listen with headphones. Just letting you know that you'll lose views as it renders all your work in making the videos useless to a lot of people.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Some people complain about it yes. It is a handful out of 1.5million views on that particular segment. It was posted years ago and I suspect you listened with a 1/4" speaker on a phone. Thx for watching just the same.
cortedemico
cortedemico Month ago
Music is killing the dialog at the very beginning. I have low hopes of returning... First and possibly last video I make myself see... If I can actually make it through this one. Curb your enthusiasm! pretty music doesn't make a good video...
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Suit yourself. Some people complain about it yes. It is a handful out of 1.5million views on that particular segment. It was posted years ago and I suspect you listened with a 1/4" speaker on a phone. Thx for watching just the same. The choices one makes as a filmmaker are the domain of the doer, you don't like, don't watch.
Chimp Chowder
Chimp Chowder Month ago
Haha you need to find somebody who can really weld. That's HORRIBLE welding
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Speaking of the welding, just know that it was all accomplished for $250 at a car repair shop. The focus was to keep the cost low, which we did. At 100psi we've had no problems whatsoever and cosmetics aren't a concern. System runs fine.
Cory King
Cory King Month ago
This is cool stuff. Too bad about the music though. It makes it hard to hear what you are saying...
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Some people complain about it yes. It is a handful out of 1.5million views. It was posted years ago and I suspect you listened with a 1/4" speaker on a phone. Thx for watching just the same.
Asian Mouse
Asian Mouse Month ago
To seal it, use FLEX TAPE
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Thx for the suggestion and thx for watching
kepstein8888
kepstein8888 Month ago
Lose the background music. I don't understand why everyone who makes a video finds it necessary.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
This series was not made specifically to your taste. Sorry you don't like it. You ask why 1. Some shots have no useable sound 2. Dead holes in a soundtrack lack quality 3. Pacing can be underlined by music's rhythms 4. Music can create a tone or feel 5. Editing with music can be less boring to cut to 6. Perhaps the filmmaker likes the track 7. Choices are the filmmakers domain 8. Viewers get information for free, you don't like, don't watch 9. De gustbus non est disputandem 10. Thousands of other reasons depending on the filmmakers desire, taste, and intention.
StrawWagen
StrawWagen Month ago
I wish this was in 4k! Absolutely stunning series!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Some of the drone footage is down res from 4k, but the bulk was shot with a 1080 iphone. So i stuck with the lowest resolution. Also my older mac has a tough time with 4k. Another limitation. Thx for watching and for the kind comment. 👍🏻
William Finnegan
This is an example of people destroying nature so they can virtue signal. But hey , you have long hair and a baseball cap, so its all good.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Sir, your first comment before you edited it read "You do realize you destroyed everything down stream. How can that be a good idea?" And after that you changed it to your comment above. Please do enlighten me as to what you base your opinions upon. Your comments are uninformed, offensive, and rude. You will go near the top of my list of rude comments.
nedas18
nedas18 Month ago
1. THAT MUCH WORK LOOKS INSANE 2. HOW MUCH ALL THAT COST ? 3. HOW MUCH POWER WILL PRODUCE ? 4. WILL THAT EVEN PAY OFF IN A LIFE TIME ? 5. WELL DONE FOR THAT HARD JOB ;-)
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
Good Questions that many have asked before 1. THAT MUCH WORK LOOKS INSANE Yes it was a lot of work, but we wanted to make it a solid permanent addition to the property. 2. HOW MUCH ALL THAT COST ? If you watch the whole series, out initial system (video parts 1-5) in 1996 ran $25K. For that we got pressurized domestic spring water, power, and a pond to raise fish. That was in lieu of paying $140K (1995 cost estimate) to bring power line in 7 miles and then pay monthly bills. The redesign and move to creek (video parts 6-20) cost another $55k finishing in 2015 in lieu of paying $250-300K (2013 cost estimate) to bring power in. With the move we retained the domestic water and pond. 3. HOW MUCH POWER WILL PRODUCE ? This year we ran it in Winter at about 7500w (180kWh/day) and it provides all heating to the house and a hot tub with additional overhead for all tools, appliances etc. with no power bills. Excess power gets stored as hot water (300gallons) always available. In other seasons we run it at a lower flow setting of 4500w (108kWh/day) as the other setting is just to much waste heat. We could run it at the higher settings year round and may do this in the future to service a greenhouse or other needs. 4. WILL THAT EVEN PAY OFF IN A LIFE TIME ? It ultimately is an investment in the value of the property and a solid commitment to be off grid as a lifestyle choice. Lots of people try to look at in terms of payback, but compared to the cost of bringing power in, it was a no brainer decision and the rewards of abundant reliable power have been well worth it all. Every time you cook a meal, turn something on, or do a job with your tools you think, man thats cool that its water power that is doing that! 5. WELL DONE FOR THAT HARD JOB Thx for watching! I never know who has seen what. Watch parts 20-1,2,3 for a synopsis of the whole project. This is a playlist of those 3 parts: ruvid.net/group/PLtTypVpmDd-vkT9bJQkXw4I1t0e_4jMYA
Gerald Stubbs
Gerald Stubbs 2 months ago
I find it difficult to hear the commentary against the rather awful music. Your video is of sufficient interest to be able to dispense with any accompanying music.
Gerald Stubbs
Gerald Stubbs 12 days ago
@MrHydrohead The video and the commentary are the most important aspects of what you post. If you add music that makes it difficult to hear the commentary it makes for an uneasy experience. Far better just to have the speech and video. Thanks for your reply.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Month ago
thx for watching. I never know who has seen what. Watch parts 20-1,2,3 for a synopsis of the whole project. This is a playlist of those 3 parts: ruvid.net/group/PLtTypVpmDd-vkT9bJQkXw4I1t0e_4jMYA Maybe I will post a non music version.
Ronaldson Felix
Ronaldson Felix 2 months ago
Next time balance your audio speach to background music
shastagoldminer
shastagoldminer 2 months ago
great set up!!!!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 2 months ago
thx for watching. I never know who has seen what. Watch parts 20-1,2,3 for a synopsis of the whole project. ruvid.net/group/PLtTypVpmDd-vkT9bJQkXw4I1t0e_4jMYA
Ragnar Lothbrok
Ragnar Lothbrok 3 months ago
Video ruined 0:41 .... all I can see is crappy welds no matter how much I like the idea.
A
A 3 months ago
I am sure you realize the welding of the brace to your epoxy painted pipe will cause the paint to fail in the vicinity of the weld. I would expect the pipe to last 15 years at least even with this defect. I would have used PVC or Fiberglass for the whole design.
Kemei inBee
Kemei inBee 3 months ago
Nice but kindly reduce the music level. Your voice should be higher than the music
Philip Philos
Philip Philos 3 months ago
i think sir, when flood comes, your piping will be ruined, nice to divert the water right or left side of a river using a concrete dam and wooden flash two flush board just incase of flood and any flotsam/sand to stock in your dam
Philip Philos
Philip Philos Month ago
@Vaà i experience in making this, use for irrigation, using the flashboard but first divert the water when heavy rains come, just pull out the wooden board to flush the sand and it will no be ruined by the raze of flood
Vaà
Vaà Month ago
Philip you seem knowledgeable on this kind of project.
Atlas Hugged
Atlas Hugged 3 months ago
Make it all out of stainless steel or go home! Just kidding. Nice job
Austin Riggs
Austin Riggs 3 months ago
Concrete will rust all of the unpainted steel it's in conract with.
CALL OF THE WILL MAN
lots of diffrent steels and alloys you are mixing there may cause premature rot.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 3 months ago
Perhaps, but no problems thus far. I imagine it will run for my lifetime without problems. Thx for watching. I never know who has seen what segments. Parts 20-1,2,3 are a synopsis of the whole thing
1forjohnny
1forjohnny 4 months ago
This type of ingenuity should be encouraged and be at the forefront of the Green New Deal. Real people making real change.
Filippo Biasizzo
Filippo Biasizzo 4 months ago
I have not found this information ... is it possible that the difference between the source and the power plant, in terms of height, is about 70 m ?
Filippo Biasizzo
Filippo Biasizzo 4 months ago
@MrHydrohead Exactly, thank you very much ! grazie mille
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
We have static reading of 96 psi. 96 x 2.31(feet per psi) x .3048 (feet per meter) = ~67.6 meters of head.
Kenneth Akin
Kenneth Akin 4 months ago
Want a lot of pressure then use a big tank and have the pipe on the bottom and have the water from the river pour into the top of the tank.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
Thats essentially what we've done. Thx for watching. I never know who has seen what segments. Parts 20-1,2,3 are a synopsis of the whole thing.
Nico101
Nico101 4 months ago
You’re really gonna wish you had installed a 1/4 turn lever valve on the drain point rather than a gate valve. Might be worth trying to change it if you have any problems with it anyway in the future
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
Maybe some day, No problems so far. Thx for watching.
Not Sure
Not Sure 4 months ago
How does it work winter 2019 love it by the way
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
Running just great all winter. Can develop a ice cap over the intake screen when it’s really cold -10 to teens Farenheitb but not a problem. Just keeps flowing and currently generating about 7200w 24/7/365. Will turn flow and resultant power down and remove creek diversion in May for spring melt off. All is well. Thx for watching
Marlon
Marlon 5 months ago
Amazing stuff... and inspiring. I envy you guys for focussing efforts on what matters, water and power and the land. Down here in South Africa, we are just watching our backs. I want to accomplish a hydro system like this here in my area from the mountain springs, once I am over the fear of government stealing it.
Gissie D
Gissie D 5 months ago
has it Held up through out Winter.great diy project.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
Yup, just runs continually and is currently generating about 7500w continuously 24/7. Heats the house and the hot tub in addition to all the other uses. Thx for watching. I never know who has seen what segments. Parts 20-1,2,3 are a synopsis of the whole thing.
Aussie✌🏾
Aussie✌🏾 5 months ago
Love this idea! We need to utilize free energy on a global scale! The oil and energy industry's can 🖕🏾
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
Agree. Thx for watching. I never know who has seen what segments. Parts 20-1,2,3 are a synopsis of the whole thing.
mo fo
mo fo 5 months ago
First time looking into these turbines,i can tell you will do well as your pressure looks good.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 4 months ago
Thx for watching. I never know who has seen what segments. Parts 20-1,2,3 are a synopsis of the whole thing.
Kannan K
Kannan K 5 months ago
@t
Blueshawll
Blueshawll 5 months ago
Wow, just wow, guys. I love it. I want to learn it. I love your video, too. Colorado is so beautiful. One thing I was wishing though is that I could concentrate on the instruction detail better, the music was very distracting for me, and I was wishing I could mute it, but then I couldn't hear you, and I very much wanted to do that. But still you guys... so cool. Thanks for posting!!!
Dick Fitzwell
Dick Fitzwell 5 months ago
why would all the time and money spent on this be better then just using solar panels
Dick Fitzwell
Dick Fitzwell 5 months ago
@MrHydrohead i can tell that you have put in many hard hours on your project and im glad its paying off for you. all you need now its some hydro powered heaters for your pipe line
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 5 months ago
Imagine a football field size set of panels which is what you would need to supply a comparable feed of power, attached to a large array of batteries requiring maintenance. Then imagine 6-8 inches of snow which would need to be cleared after each snowstorm. At 8600ft. in the winter it would be like having a job instead of a reliable power source. Hydro excels because it is consistent 24/7/365 power that requires little maintenance once installed. thx for watching. If you haven't seen it check out parts 20-1,2,3 which are a synopsis of it all.
Tundra14
Tundra14 6 months ago
Is it something we can install in our sewers?
D.j. B
D.j. B 6 months ago
I do like that Dodge truck at 10:28! Subtle body line's hide it's aggressiveness! As a child, One of my neighbor's had the same make & model! His was in prestige condition! It was brown with stickers stating "POWER WAGON" & like I mentioned, In meticulous condition until one day, He had to much to drink & as a 14 yr old, I asked him to assist in helping out with a jumpstart & looking back on the situation, Had I of realized that he had been drinking, I would not have asked him! He only moved his truck 20 yards & destroyed it, hitting a pole & destroyed the trucks value & looks! Requiring severe body work, it would have been easier to replace entire body panels back when that truck was more common & many more of that model were in local junk yards & in relatively good shape! Imagine one with a Hellcat or Demon drivetrain & possibly a 4wheel drive set up, That would be a sweet ride!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
We call her “The Big White Tuna”. Reliable yet horrible on mpg. Thx for watching
Tom Ausman
Tom Ausman 6 months ago
That's Awesome but fire your welder.. lol
P. Brooks McGinnis
P. Brooks McGinnis 6 months ago
No More War
Andy C
Andy C 6 months ago
I'd look at getting a better welding company, that's shocking quality for a professional outfit. Ok for a prototype build I guess.. Nice Hydro idea though!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
Andy C 🙏
Andy C
Andy C 6 months ago
Ha, not surprising I guess. Autoshop, that figures, i'll let you off then 😜
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
You’re not the first to make the comment on the welds. All the welding was achieved for $250 at an auto shop. The focus was to keep the cost down and the pipes only need to hold 100 psi. They may not be pretty or up to your standard but they work fine
Austin Schmidt
Austin Schmidt 6 months ago
Have you ever thought of a pop filter for commentaries
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
Of course. But watch the other videos. They get better over time. This one was posted 3 yrs ago
Eddyles Jacinthe
Eddyles Jacinthe 6 months ago
This wonderful. I like it. You must be a genius with a great creative mind. Don't stop.... You have been doing great!!!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
Thx for watching
T. Roy J. Akens
T. Roy J. Akens 6 months ago
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Terry Thomas
Terry Thomas 6 months ago
May I suggest that in many of these videos that you have your lips too close to your microphone which causes a "popping" sound when your breath hits the mic's diaphragm. To solve this problem, you might want to consider investing in an inexpensive "pop filter". Generally, these are round devices with a mesh filter or fabric suspended within the ring. It mounts between your mouth and the microphone. Terry Thomas Director of Photography Atlanta, Georgia USA
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
Thx Terry. As a retired Hollywood DP myself, i get it. That particular video was uploaded 3 yrs ago. I have endeavored in subsequent videos to not make similar errors. Given that the series was for the most part shot on my iphone with the headset as a mic, i made a decision that the information was more important than form. Professional quality? no, but a budget-less attempt to share my knowledge gained over decades and fill an informational gap on the internet. Sorry if it bothered you and I appreciate your constructive critique, but once uploaded I’ve left things alone. 4.5m+ views on the series which I originally intended as an explanation to any future buyer of the property of how it was created has been a great reward to me. I get all sorts of complaints and suggestions of how to change what is already finished. I do appreciate your comment unlike many which can be cruel and harsh criticism based on aesthetic or practical decisions i took long ago. Such is the internet... Thx for watching just the same😉
gray park
gray park 6 months ago
extremely impressed by your work well done !!!? really enjoyed your video
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
Thx for watching and the kind comment
Francisco Francisco
Francisco Francisco 6 months ago
Great accomplishment when the dream goes to reality
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
Living with plenty of power is a real pleasure. Thx for watching
Scott McComas
Scott McComas 6 months ago
What actions are you going to perform so that your pipe doesnt corrode underground?
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 6 months ago
The metal segments of pipe were primer coated and painted with marine 2part epoxy grade paint from the turbine manufacturer. Should last at least my lifetime. And there is only about 6-8 ft of it buried at the powerhouse. Everything else is PVC. Thx for watching
sherrill davis
sherrill davis 6 months ago
this would be a lot more interesting if you would get rid of that silly music.
Fuzzy Was
Fuzzy Was 8 months ago
Very impressive! It's a lot of work but worth it to be off the grid.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 8 months ago
It WAS a ton of work and the rewards have been well worth it. Thx for watching
Reuben Leveridge
Reuben Leveridge 9 months ago
slightly more advanced than what i do to say the leaset nice job for something similar check out #ecogypsy on you tube or #ecogypsy.guru cheers all
EpicATrain
EpicATrain 9 months ago
If you haven't already, can I recommend that you get a pop filter for your microphone? It'll stop the pops on your mic when you do your voice overs.
7106Billy
7106Billy 9 months ago
Where you have the Leaks the flex tape supposedly you can put it anywhere even under water and it'll hold I don't know if you have access to Internet right this second but if you do look it up
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
Thx I’ll check it out
7106Billy
7106Billy 9 months ago
Flexseal tape
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
Interesting product. Never heard of it. Where do you think I should put it to use?
Michael Holt
Michael Holt 9 months ago
Biggest Colorado Pipe i've seen thus far!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
😉✌🏼
Jedi
Jedi 9 months ago
Your pipes will freeze and crack in the winter.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
Your thought is appreciated, but 3 winters running thus far. No cracks. The majority of pipe is buried except for the bridgeportion. Snow tends to provide some insulation from the deep winter night temperatures.
Jeremy Mettler
Jeremy Mettler 9 months ago
Dam never paid welder much I hope
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
At ~100 psi pressure the choice was low cost. An auto shop did all the welds for $250 vs. bids of $1200-1500 at local welding shops.
J K
J K 9 months ago
Can I ask where this is in Colorado? I don't mean your address but general area. It's so damn beautiful. I could honestly see myself living there.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
East of Ridgway and North of the Uncompahgre wilderness area. It is indeed beautiful. Thx for watching
Day Brown
Day Brown 9 months ago
Ice in the feed pipe melted enuf to slide down and demolish the turbine
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
Haven’t ever had this sort of problem. Turbine is fine no problems
Anonymous bub
Anonymous bub 9 months ago
Oh how pretty the Aspens are!! I went to Jackson Hole and to Yellowstone this summer and the Aspens were beautiful but I really wanted to see them turn yellow!!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 9 months ago
Weare in the first week of turning just now. Hope to capture the spectacle with the drone. Thx for watching
Jodian Gaming
Jodian Gaming 10 months ago
Shame that you didn't bother grinding your welds down flush. Little bit of time makes it look a lot more professional. Also, might want to turn down your background music for the next video.
Marco celo Apilado
Marco celo Apilado 10 months ago
wow that was amazing working
hegmonster
hegmonster 10 months ago
Love the intro, I subscribed just for that. But be careful that your BG music isn't louder than your speaking voice!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 months ago
Yes there are a couple of audio portions recorded not as narration,but via the mic of an iPhone. The mix isn't great, but with this many views (1M+) I'm reluctant to make any changes and repost it.
Prjndigo
Prjndigo 10 months ago
A couple ratchet straps that size aren't sufficient for the 3200lbs impact force the pipe can provide. Don't redneck things people.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 months ago
3” radius squared times pi times 96psi = ~2714 lbs. Perhaps it was cutting it close, but your rough calc doesn’t factor in the compression friction of the compression union. Also your use of the term “impact” seems to indicate that all that force would be applied at a single moment. I appreciate you’re cautioning others of the physics of the situation, but it worked just fine for the short test and I’m far from what anyone who knows me would term a redneck. Thx for the comment just the same and thx for watching 🙈🙉🙊
hawkdaddy64
hawkdaddy64 10 months ago
How much did they pay you for those weld jobs?
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 months ago
Thx. Agree education system is lacking in so many respects. Never learned to weld myself although do have many other skills. Thx for watching
hawkdaddy64
hawkdaddy64 10 months ago
Outside the welds you work is great, I wish they would teach these skills at colleges so our youth could understand the earth can and does give us all the opportunities we need to create clean energy. Great job.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 months ago
I know , you think its a crappy job. I paid $200 for all the welding at a auto shop vs. a bid if 850-1000 at a weld shop. At 100 psi I figured i got a deal on 12 welds of 6” & 4” components. Social media is flooded with oversensitivity, unjust aggression, name-calling, bullying, finger-pointing, etc. i do get tired of those that believe they know better than those making decisions at site and reflect that thru snide comments. Troll
Marylou Blackwell
Marylou Blackwell 10 months ago
I've never seen plastic welded to steal
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 months ago
It wasn't. A slot was cut in plastic tank for steel pipe.
booger king
booger king 10 months ago
How much power this produce?
Cameron Hjeltness
Cameron Hjeltness 4 months ago
@MrHydrohead All that power off of such a small stream? I'm impressed. And it's reliable 24/7/365?
Aquatic Gaming
Aquatic Gaming 8 months ago
booger king 50hp
booger king
booger king 10 months ago
Wow. Impressive
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead 10 months ago
in Winter ~8Kw = 8 x 24hrs. = ~192Kwh per day, in other seasons system flow is intentionally reduced to ~3.5-4Kw because we don't need the excess power
M.
M. 10 months ago
I've seen better welds...I've made better welds.
ahmedshinwari
ahmedshinwari 11 months ago
What was power outcome?
Чак Норис
Чак Норис 11 months ago
perpetuum mobile...
tom spencer
tom spencer Year ago
Cool vid, but your local welder needs a few lessons.
The Stupid will Inherit the Earth
Seems like you've invested too heavily in the structures and materials. Especially in energy costs to produce them, seems with this level of resource waste you'll be waiting a long time for a return on investment. Same thing can be done with a 12V alternator and some PVC pipe.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
There are always people who know better without all the facts and nuances to the decisions taken. It's clear you have not seen the entire series. Your judgement that we could heat a house in winter at 8600 ft, have ample power to charge a car in the future, heat all domestic water and an outdoor hot tub year round, run all lights tools appliances and Internet with the output from "a 12v alternator and some PVC pipe" is nonsense. Why would we replace high end AC equipment that has been performing since 1996 to harness power with a far inferior DC system with far less efficiency? If you had really been curious about our project you would have realized it was never based on ROI but was initially an alternative solution to a 1996 quoted price of $140k to bring grid power to the property. An investment in the value of the property.
Jordan Sutche
Jordan Sutche Year ago
So, how long did that PVC 1" hose barb fitting last? Haha, I cringed out loud when I saw that! Great work fellas!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
Still there, no problem
Elizabeth D
Elizabeth D Year ago
Kill the music...
Cody McCall
Cody McCall 6 months ago
Or turn way down
Alex Lamy
Alex Lamy Year ago
Looks erosive
Chadrach William
Excellent Hydro engineering, may you have many years of power. How long until late it pays for itself?
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
It paid for itself day 1. In 1995 I got an estimate of $20k per mile x 7 miles or $140k to bring grid power in. First system ran $25k and update to creek was $55k. Also to run power to the property today would be $250-300k. So rather than looking at it as a cost analysis based on rates and power produced, it's better to think of it as a long term investment in the value of the property where all future power is virtually free. Thx for watching
Quinton P. Young III
I just wonder what your local authorities think about what you have done. Good Luck, Micro Hydro is the future. decentralization is the key to our future. But only if we keep our environment in the forefront. To live With the land not constantly seeking to control or change it.
Nonewhere Listens
Nonewhere Listens 14 days ago
@Divad Ignawm It has not and has never been the specious argument of fish or global warming. The environment is more complicated than that. First off, has the site been evaluated for wind or solar?
Divad Ignawm
Divad Ignawm 20 days ago
@Nonewhere Listens but that would on the other hand ensure elimination of fossil fuel and their nasty consequences, so what do you think? Fish or global warming?
Nonewhere Listens
Nonewhere Listens 6 months ago
@Cody McCall There is no ability for aquatic life to migrate up or down stream, causing a serious decrease in genetic diversity. Silt also builds up behind structures that impede flow, resulting in 'dead zones' where aquatic life needs cobble and flowing water. Silt clogs the gills of fish and other amphibians.
Cody McCall
Cody McCall 6 months ago
@Nonewhere Listens how would this ruin the stream?
Nonewhere Listens
Nonewhere Listens 6 months ago
@JHO Jr. So you see how a stream could get ruined, right?
geonerd
geonerd Year ago
That''s some shaggy looking weld! ;)
James Thornton
Heya can we chat sometime? I'm in Boulder right on Left Hand creek!!!
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
Sur, for privacy send me your contact info to MrHydrohead@gmail.com and I'll send you my info and we can arrange a time
Alexander Davronov
What the song is that that plays in the background?
Alexander Davronov
Well that one that begins at 8:39 is pretty good. Electro vibes always catch me lol.
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
To post on YTube you need to have copyright free components. So the music on all the videos are bits and pieces I made with Alchemy in Logic on my Mac. I'm not a composer but it was fun to try to put something together. Some people complain about the music or the mix, but hey I did the work and they didn't so they got something free from my efforts. Nonetheless some still feel it fair to complain.
Chris Russell
Chris Russell Year ago
micro? nah, just small. not micro. what ive been building is MICRO. being on the TOP of the hill...i aint got running water. wind is erratic. so go hybrid! windmill pumps water to a 5000L tank on a 20 metre stand. as soon as tank is full it autosiphons out, through a turbine. turbine charges super caps rapidly. caps trickle charge batteries. catch water, pump back up again...
Jesusa Tan
Jesusa Tan Year ago
Zzxx.i
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
Thx for watching
Jack Davis
Jack Davis Year ago
stop that music or stop mumbling
MrHydrohead
MrHydrohead Year ago
There are two short sections of this video which the voice audio was recorded live with an iPhone. Would you please do me the courtesy of telling me what device you viewed the video on?
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