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Do It Yourself Resources 

Directory of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies and resources.


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DIY Directories

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Academy >Appropriate Technology Library - The Appropriate Technology Library is 150,000 pages of full text and graphics from 1050 books covering all areas of village-level and do-it-yourself technology--all on 27 CD-ROM’s or 4 DVD’s. All types of do-it-yourself alternative energies like solar, wind, hydro, biogas... ON SALE - $100 off now through December 17, 2008 (Oct. 17, 2008)

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Directory:Creative Science and Research - Company sells plans for devices that they say can provide "free power for your home, garage, car or truck". They claim to have heaters, engines, and other devices that are over unity or that require no fuel. A few buyers say the kits do not operate as claimed. Others are satisfied. MAKE: Technology on Your Time - MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your ...  (Makezine)

Exergia's new energy shop kits - "Sophisticated demonstration models of alternative energy technologies for universities, ... (Makezine)

Specific DIY Instructions

Organized according to energy type.


Directory:Smack Booster - "The Smack's booster will give 100LPH and costs very little to build yourself."

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Water4Gas - Simplified device uses a little electricity out of your car's battery to separate water into Hydrogen + Oxygen gas that is 3 times more potent than gasoline. It is added to the air intake of your car engine to improve gas mileage up to 37% by improving combustion. Unique spiraled electrodes produce more gas for less electricity than flat plates.

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Water4Gas for Diesel Cars and Trucks - Ozzie Freedom's free online book shows you how to adapt your truck/van or any other diesel engine to run with less fuel via hydroxy technology which uses onboard electrolysis to run the H-H-O gas into the air intake to effect a more complete burn of the diesel. The ebook has lots of pictures, showing step by step here how to install the device at home.

Running an Automobile on Hydrogen Using Water - I appreciate an open mind for strange projects, but free energy from water, an electrolyte, and a mysterious "metal alloy" are fodder for the National ... (Makezine)

HOW TO - Make Hydrogen - Back in 1977, I wrote the head of the U.S. Energy Commission about a study I'd conducted re ... (Makezine)

Hydrogen Generator Plans - Electrolysis, Cornish - Professional systems that can be constructed at home or in the garage.

Hydrogen Generator - Plans, forum, blog and technical support. Learn how to buy or build a hydrogen generator for your automobile.

See also Directory:Hydrogen

Electromagnetic Overunity
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Latest: Directory:Buyer Beware > - It seems we are seeing these ads nearly everywhere you go on the web nowadays. They show an image of a good-looking, off-the shelf, legitimate device that has nothing to do with what is being sold in the plans you are to download for a fee in the region of $49 to $99 USD. (PESN December 2, 2012)
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Electromagnetic > Energy from the Vacuum is stylin' - Jeane Manning writes: "When a serious hands-on experimenter wants to build non-conventional energy converters and asks where to get how-to information, I usually recommend the online Energetic Forums and also the Videos: Energy from the Vacuum series series of DVDs. Tony Craddock, executive producer for Energetic Productions Inc., has filmed interviews on various topics beginning with the theories of Tom Bearden." (News:Changing Power August 23, 2011)
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Creative Science and Research > Creative Science & Research divulging more about Fuelless Engine - The Indiana company that has been doing alternative energy research since 1992 and producing 'free energy' plans, has announced that they will be revealing more about their fuelless engine. Customer testimonials and critical reviews posted. (PESN Sept. 25, 2010)
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Steorn Free Energy > JLN Labs replicates Steorn's free energy motor - French replicator, Jean-Louis Naudin, says he has confirmed that there is no counter electromotive force (back EMF) in the toroidal coils -- a key to converting magnetic power into kinetic (motion) power. Provides clear instructions and report of data. (PESN Dec. 28, 2009) (Comments)

See also Directory:Electromagnetic

Magnet Motors
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] - Luis has been posting comments on any magnet motor videos he can find at YouTube saying that plans for a "REAL free energy machine" are available, urging: "Join the free energy revolution!!" (PESWiki Oct. 26, 2010)
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Latest: / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] >OS:Achilles Ligera's Magnetic Engine (ALME) - The Achilles Ligera Magnetic Engine (ALME) can reach upwards of 1500 rpm for 45 minutes to possibly be used with a PTP (Personal Transportation Pod) concept driven by pedals attached to the ALME's modified Flywheel-Chain Gear. (PESWIki Sept. 29, 2008)

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Directory:David Hamel Motor - Supposedly, the 3-cone device gives forth the principle of what Hamel alleges to be "perpetual motion...the usage of duality/magnetism and of vibration. Chaos physics induced through 3-body physics." Working prototypes are held by hand. (PESWiki)

See also Directory:Magnet Motors

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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Solar Thermal > Cansolair Provides Solar Heating With Pop Cans - Hank notes that the Canadian company Cansolair has developed a technology that utilizes panels composed of recycled aluminum pop (soda) cans, that absorb solar radiation to provide heating for a home. This technology is affordable and easy to replicate. (YouTube / MartineBlue February 20, 2008)
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Latest There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Super cheap DIY solar cells for the common man - Could it be that Solar cells have gotten cheaper than 40 cents per watt if your a DIY guy? Or is that because they are 'seconds' with a lot of downsides that outweigh the advantages of just buying completed units? eBay pioneer seller, Fred480V, says the cells in his 1kW are not seconds but are the best available from Schott Solar. (PESN Aug. 11, 2010) (Comment)
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > The rest of the story on super cheap DIY solar cells - While the Schott Solar cells from eBay seller, Fred480V, are an excellent price and quality, there is a lot more involved in making functional solar panels than just getting the cells. Much more materials, know-how, skill, and time is required. (PESN Aug. 19, 2010)
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Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Directory:Home Generation:Solar PV > User-Installed Panel Kit Aims to Slow Meter - Clarion Technologies aims to introduce a product next Spring that plugs into a regular outlet as its means of helping supply the home power needs. As a reasonable 'getting your feet wet' approach, the three-panel system, costing around $800, mounted as an awning or on top of a roof, will produce up to 600 Watts which are fed into the home through a microinverter. (CNet August 16, 2010)
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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > -- The Secrets of Building Your Own Solar Energy - Two New Energy Congress solar energy experts say that it is indeed possible to build your own solar panels, but that it is not likely to save you money, and that the panels are not likely to last long (e.g. 5 years versus 25 year guarantees from PV suppliers), and installing them could invalidate your homeowner's insurance. (PESWiki Sept. 24, 2009)
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Solar tracking circuit - Developed as an open source project, this inexpensive device accurately tracks the position of the sun and can be applied to a wide range of solar tracking devices. It uses GaP LEDs as sensors which feed a comparator chip which in turn drives transistors providing simple bi-directional motor control. The device has been used on solar PV, solar cookers, solar concentrators and more. (GreenWatts)
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics > Directory:Home Generation:Solar PV > Building my own Solar Panel - A Dutch guy was able to build his own solar panel in his garage using materials that were a third as expensive as the mass produced solar panels currently available on the European market. He bought his solar cells on eBay and used them to create his own panel. (Olino Renewable Energy March 19, 2009) (Also Slashdot)

Build Your Own Solar Panel - See how easily you can build your own solar panel, More Info and resources. Learn how to reduce your power bill build high efficiency solar power systems!

home made energy - Read our unbiased reviews on home made energy which shows you how to make solar panel at home.

Build Solar Oven - Learn how to build your own solar oven for cooking with the power of the sun.

Build Solar Stirling Engine - Learn how to build a solar Stirling engine to generate mechanical work or even electricity from the sun.

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Directory:Concentrated Solar Power > Directory:Charles Shults' Fresnel Solar Design - Technology combines solar hot water panels with one large fresnel lens to flash the hot water to steam for running a turbine to generate 6 kW of electricity, all for around $6,000, with an ROI of 3-5 years. (PESWiki Jan. 22, 2008)

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DIY Solar Lantern - A step-by-step walkthrough on creating a Solar Lantern using Directory:Light Emitting Diodes and a solar cell. (Unplugged Living May 1, 2008)

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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Solar >OS:Stirling Engine by GreenPowerScience - Green Power Science host, Dan Rojas, presents the basics of Stirling engine operation, suggesting how make one from off-the-shelf parts including a timing chain wheel for the flywheel, metal cans for the displacer piston, drill paddle bit for the shaft. (PESWiki Jan. 24, 2009)

DIY Solar thermal panel project Lucky for us the sun is free, all we need to do is figure out a way to use that energy to heat water. That's why we are going to build a solar thermal panel ... (Makezine)

HOW TO - Make a solar thermal water heater for less - ...Its a great way to learn about using the renewable energy of the sun to produce useful ... (Makezine)

Turn excess attic heat into hotwater - Won't this take extra energy to pump water through a longer system, driving up the electric .... (Makezine)

Building a solar generator - The generator they developed is able to produce ten times the energy at less than half the ... (Makezine)

The Solar Powered Coffee Roaster - It concentrates 4.5 KW of solar thermal energy on a fully sunny day, and is manually ...  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Solar


See Directory:Wind:Plans - separate index page

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Directory:Geothermal > Directory:Home Generation:Ground Source Heat Pump > Citrus in the Snow -- Geo-Air energy systems - Russ Finch has been testing various geothermal heating/cooling systems in his home for 35 years. He has documented that air is 50% cheaper than liquid is highly efficient, and has virtually no maintenance costs. His report "will allow anyone to easily build a "geo air" system, either professionally or as a DIY consumer." (CitrusintheSnow)

Electric Vehicles
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3] / Directory:Green auto shows > Directory:Mondial de l'AutomobileElectric vehicles light up Paris Motor Show - Hybrids, plug-ins and pure electric vehicles arrive in force as manufacturers sort out battery woes. "Two years ago nobody said an electric vehicle was even possible," said Pitt Moos, marketing manager for Smart USA. "Today everybody is saying, 'We're going to make one.' " (LA Times Oct. 3, 2008)

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Make a Powered Bicycle - Beta site lists a few electric bike Do It Yourself projects with videos from around the Internet with emphasis on "How-To" Hacks. The site also includes other transportation hacks. (Hack A Day June 1, 2008)

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Converting a Gas Mower to Run on Solar Power - Project entails replacing the gasoline engine of a used 22" gas powered mower with a 12 Volt electric motor and battery - along with gauges, circuit breaker/power switch and charging connector. (Art Tec June 2005)

DIY Electric motorcycle conversion - the energy produced at a power plant is a lot more efficient and clean. burning the same ... (Makezine)

HOW TO - Convert a tractor to electric - The variance is 1 to 30 years for energy payback, depending on at least the efficiency/type ...  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Electric Vehicles

Fuel Efficiency
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Retrofits > Directory:Fuel Pre-Heating for Mileage Improvement > OS:Caggiano's Fuel Vaporizor System (FIVS) - Allen Caggiano is open sourcing his fuel vaporizer technology that holds the potential to boost gas mileage several-fold while also improving performance and reducing emissions. The system involves pre-heating the fuel to over 900 degrees F to remove the additives that prevent vast mileage gains then subjecting the fuel to magnets and electromagnetic fields, resulting in a crystal clear fluid. (PESWiki and BeforeItsNews June 28, 2011)
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Latest / There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Batteries > OS:Stephen Dickens Magnesium-Water-Copper Battery - Stephen Dickens' H2O Battery/Generator using Mg and Cu Electrodes with Foam Insulator is a lot bigger than an AA, but is cheap and easy to build. Though probably not unique, it is noteworthy given its simplicity. A kindergartener could build this and afford to buy the parts needed. (PESWiki December 24, 2014)
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Directory:Solar / Directory:Batteries >SunCat: Solar Batteries Powered by Sunshine - The portable power SunCat C-cells are wrapped in flexible photovoltaic panels and will slowly recharge when left to bask in the sun - just like a cat. [Remember: heat, batteries and longevity don't usually go together.] (Inhabitat Feb. 18, 2009)

HOW TO rebuild a Li-Ion battery pack - ... used in portable devices due to there excellent energy to weight ratio and for the reason ...  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Batteries

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Store: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > Making Algae Biodiesel at Home - Downloadable 650-page book provides detailed instructions on how to sustainably produce clean oil from algae -- in your back yard -- enough to supply your transportation and home power needs. This is not a simple, afternoon venture, but a serious, long-term commitment.
Latest / Store: Directory:Emergency Preparedness / Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Biofuels > Directory:Algae > Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil > New book explains how to build Open Ponds for growing algae for biodiesel - David Sieg has completed yet another e-book in his excellent series on making your own biodiesel from algae and other biomass. This book focuses on the methods of cultivating algae in open ponds, both small-scale for home applications, or large-scale for commercial applications. (PESN Sept. 3, 2010)

Fermenting waste fruit to fuel ethanol - So you lose energy in the process of refining and burning ethanol. That's not necessarily the ...  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Biofuels

Human Power
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Pedal-Power > How to Build a Bicycle Generator (PDF) - Building your own generator requires a number of items. A person, a bike, a way of supporting your bike off the ground, a motor, an energy smoothing system and an inverter if you want to use your bike generator to power mains generate between 50 and 100 watts of usable energy for your generator. (WakingTimes November 9, 2012)
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Human-Powered > Directory:Pedal-Power > Bicycle Generator Plans -- Free - Great resource for information on building a bicycle generator. Free plans and part list to use. Detailed information on system efficiency, wiring, and more. Options include direct DC power, or charging a battery bank and running up to 400 watts AC from an inverter. ( Oct. 29, 2010)

Directory:Lighting > How to make your own hand powered shake led flashlight - Simple, complete set of instructions call for diodes, a resistor, a super cap, magnet wire, a magnet, sponge, and of course an LED. (Electronic Crafts March 14, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Robert L. Pritchett)

No-friction bicycle dynamo light kit - Yes, there is obviously a loss of rotational energy in the wheel caused by the induced ... (Makezine)

PlayPumps - Kid powered merry-go-round water pumps - uses free energy simple enough to build. Posted by: WonderWheeler on July 19, 2006 at 2:19 PM. Interesting update of an older post. ... (Makezine)

Energy Generating Backpack - Energy Backpack Lawrence Rome, a biologist at the University of Pennsylvania has led the ... (Makezine)

Hamster-powered cell phone charger - If you have a pet rodent, it's a source of free ambient energy that can replace an inefficient wall-wart transformer. And there's no animal cruelty issue ...  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Human-Powered

Air Conditioning

The Hilsch Vortex tube - With nothing more than a few pieces of plumbing and a source of compressed air, you can build a remarkably simple device for attaining moderately low temperatures. It separates high-energy molecules from those of low energy. (Makezine)

DIY cheapest air conditioner in the world - The fan creates an air flow which is cooled by contact with the 4 bottles full of ice. In this way, the temperature of the air flow is reduced to a more tolerable level.  (Makezine)

See also Directory:Home Generation:Air Conditioning

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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Anti-Gravity / Directory:Propulsion / Directory:Keshe Foundation > Keshe demo Product release delayed to prevent confiscation Replication - Three developments: 1) The first public demonstration (ho hum) of the reactor 2) announcement of a delay of release of the 5 kW product due to a change in design to avoid any confiscation of the device 3) a replication of the coke bottle proof of concept plasma reactor producing up to 60 milivolts. (PESN December 22, 2012)
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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Microwave-Based Energy Technologies OS:Homemade Plasma Using Microwave Oven - Perhaps you've seen a video or two at YouTube showing how to generate plasma with a small flame in a microwave oven. We've created a "how to" page, with a collection of some of these demos, scientific theories and studies, and related energy pursuits. (PESWiki Dec. 20, 2008)

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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] / Directory:Solar >OS:Stirling Engine by GreenPowerScience - Green Power Science host, Dan Rojas, presents the basics of Stirling engine operation, suggesting how make one from off-the-shelf parts including a timing chain wheel for the flywheel, metal cans for the displacer piston, drill paddle bit for the shaft. (PESWiki Jan. 24, 2009)

See also Directory:Engines

Farm Equipment
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization - Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski, founder of Open Source Ecology is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000). (TED April, 2011)
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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > Directory:Electric Bikes, Motorbikes and Scooters > Electric Motorcycle Kit (.com) - Wilderness EV presents an affordable, easy to install, and powerful electric motorcycle kit to make your motorcycle, scooter, boat, 4-wheeler, riding lawnmower, small tractor or snowmobile run on electric power! The Wilderness EV electric motorcycle kit is clean, quiet, and very efficient.

1000+ Fluorescent lights powered by overhead cables - Since free energy doesn't exist, it must be coming from the wire. Now, there is a relationship between electric and magnetic fields (That's why they're ... (Makezine)

Supercharged - homemade charger box - All of those inverters waste huge amounts of energy, even when nothing is plugged in to them. (Makezine)


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There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > How to stop cats pissing on your car - Australian comedian and do-it-yourselfer, Craig Turner, shows how you can rig your car's auto-lock feature onto your garden hose, triggered by your motion detector, to give the neighborhood felines second thoughts about hanging around your car. Complete with camera array. Before trying this yourself, read the opening warning. (YouTube May 1, 2011)
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DIY Automobile Kit Announced - IKEA is thinking about selling cars, but only to advanced IKEA customers. Some assembly required. (MakeGeek April 1, 2008)

Other DIY Resources

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Eco, Kid-Safe Cleaning Supplies - Why should you take the time to make homemade cleaners? Well, first of all, plenty of studies show that toxic, conventional cleaning supplies are bad for your health, your child’s health, and the planet’s health. (Inhabitat Dec. 28, 2008)

DIY Energy - Various DIY energy projects.

See also

OS - Open Source Projects


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