A Home-Sized Water Wheel

If you're stuck trying to get some water from point "A" to point "B", you may just find that a water wheel is the easiest practical situation to build.



071 water wheel - wheel pumping
As the liquid rushing out this open spigot—located on the outlet drinking line—demonstrates, our small water wheel can pump a lot of water!
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071 water wheel 3 wheel dumping water
The steeply slanted buckets don't dump their contents until they've almost reached the stream!
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071 water wheel - shaft assembly diagram
Diagram shows the components and dimensions of the water wheel drive system.
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071 water wheel 1 pulley system
To increase the pumping rate of our home-scale waterwheel, we put the 9"" pulley that came with our Myers shallow-well pump on the bucket-bearer's shaft and replaced that large pulley with a small 2 1/2" disk.
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071 water wheel - wheel diagram
Diagram shows the layout and dimensions of the dividers that make up the "buckets" of the water wheel.
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