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Water Wheel Mill Project - DIY Build Your Own Water Wheel for Your Pond
In the Spring we talked about it, now we finally got around to doing it and that was our water wheel pond plans! Boy what a project it turned out be. It was a fun water wheel project though, and below are the basics for the Water Wheel House or Mill. This water wheel mill for your pond is of my own design and was meant to be a fun DIY water wheel project that you can do in a few spare hours of your time. It also doubles as a pond filter or filter tub, pond aerator, and just plain fun project on how to build a water wheel using one variation of design and construction.
The pictures below aren't meant to be a complete guide to building this house but will hopefully give you a general idea of the construction and give you ideas for your own water wheel design.
Just few more construction notes for the water wheel pond plans:
1 - Muffler clamps were used inside the wheel at each side to keep the wheel in place on the 3/4" PVC. We cut the
holes tight enough that they probably weren't needed but did so as a precaution to keep it in it's place.
2 - Once the wheel was in place, we used an end cap on the 3/4" PVC to keep the wheel from coming through the bearing tubes. This end cap fits through the 1 1/4" tube for removal if needed as well. We used a piece of 2x4 screwed to the the inside of the box with a half moon cut into it to support the bearing tubes and a strap over the top of the bearing tube to to keep it down on the support block.
3 - Plastic used in between the paddle slats was from an old water bed liner but any plastic liner would suffice. This was stapled in place. We found that by having a place for the water to collect as it turned, it added just enough weight to keep the wheel turning without needing a lot of water pressure on the wheel. We just spray painted the plastic to match the wheel spoke color.
4 - The out flow for the water is a tube that goes through the outer box wall and the filter tub. We used 3/4" PVC for this. I didn't seal around the tube as I wanted to be able to remove it if needed. The hole in the filter tub is tight enough to keep seepage down to a minimum but this could be sealed if desired to prevent any seepage all together. There is also a small hole near the top edge to allow water to flow out and back into the pond through the bottom if the tube became plugged for some reason can't flow out that tube. This hole is about 1/2" above the water level during normal operation.
5 - The bottom of the box is lined with three slats from 1/2" plywood to support the filter tub and allow water flow back to the pond if the tub over flowed.
This project took about 19 hours without a plan so I'm sure it could be done quicker with a head start on a design.
Jack….. in a city just outside of San Diego,….Chula Vista, Ca, built this using this idea. Thanks Jack for sharing your photos of your beautiful rock garden and water wheel house!
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Written by: WM8C - May, 2002 Not for use without permission.
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