Garden windmills not only beautify our gardens but as well as allow us to determine the weather.
As a result, you can tell the state of the weather before engaging in any outdoor activity.
For instance, strong winds may be ideal for drying your wet clothes outside, while moderate winds may indicate that the weather is calm, and you can conduct any activity without worry.
Some garden windmills can provide you with renewable energy.
Before we get into our main topic (how to assemble a garden windmill) today, we should learn how to choose the right windmill for our gardens.
When choosing a windmill, you should know if you’re doing so for aesthetic value or for monitoring the weather.
There are a variety of garden windmills on the market, and selecting the best windmill for your intended purpose is crucial.
A windmill meant for decoration purposes may not hold up to strong winds, and a windmill meant for determining wind speed and direction may not be beautiful enough to change the look of your garden.
Big windmills need a lot of space. They are good for symbolic value and give your garden a rustic look.
Small windmills allow for artistic creativity and weather monitoring.
So, make the right choice, and you will have nothing to regret.
You may also want to consider windmills that make use of upcycled materials and are environmentally friendly.
Back to garden windmill assembly instructions, you should know that different types of windmills are installed differently.
Most garden windmills are made of either metal or wood.
Garden windmills come in various designs to fit your tastes and preferences.
The common metals used are heavy-duty steel and aluminum.
Steel is more durable than aluminum, while aluminum is the most suitable for portable garden windmills.
Follow our step-by-step guide to know how you can install your heavy-duty steel/aluminum garden windmill.
Step 1: Start by laying out all the windmill leg and frame parts.
Get all the necessary parts and components for the windmill. Missing parts result in a weak windmill assembly and the windmill working poorly.
If there are any missing parts of your windmill, do not proceed with the assembly of the windmill until you get a replacement part.
Some windmills come with rods that you connect to form complete legs.
If that’s the case, then you should connect them before moving on to the next step.
Ensure to tighten the legs or the rods so that they don’t wobble.
Step 2: Then connect the top mount platform to the legs.
Make sure that the legs face one another on the side of the holes.
This is vital as it will allow you to install cross braces without any struggle.
Step 3: Erect the frame and install two of the side braces opposite one another.
Drive bolts and nuts through the braces so that you can secure them to the legs.
However, the bolts and nuts should be loose and tightened when the entire installation is over. Do the same for the remaining legs.
Note that the long sides of the braces go into the lower side of your legs and the short side into the upper side.
The braces support your windmill, which is why you will rarely see it wobble even in strong winds.
Step 4: Place the star platform on all four legs of the windmill.
Position the legs and fasten them with bolts and nuts.
Also, ensure that the bolts and nuts are loose as you continue to set up other parts of the windmill.
Step 5: Mount the direction cap on top of the platform and screw in a needle.
Then, make sure that the windmill is on a level surface before installing the windmill head.
Step 6: You can put it on the needle on the direction cap
But if it needs assembling, then you will have to put it together.
Start by putting the fan blades onto the shaft, then loosely screw the nut to secure the fan in place.
Put the windmill head on top of the needle and tighten the nuts.
Start with the bolts on the windmill, head to the star platform, and proceed down to the lower braces.
Your garden windmill is now solid and ready for installation into a position of your choice.
Step 7: After identifying your ideal place of installation, use the stakes offered to secure the windmill into the ground.
Note that most windmills can be set on the ground, but it is best if they are anchored into the ground so that strong winds cannot tip them over.
You may use concrete bases for the windmill legs to firmly anchor them into the ground. Such a windmill can easily withstand strong winds and fast rotations.
Caution When Installing A Windmill
- Never climb the tower as the garden windmill is weak and won’t support your weight. Also, warn your kids not to climb the tower steps as it will not support them. Another reason why you should not climb the tower is that the head of the windmill can turn, and I injure you without your knowledge. Winds change speed quickly, and you may be just unfortunate.
- Don’t service or repair or even install the windmill during a windy day. It is very unpredictable and life-threatening as you could be easily hurt. Besides, even when the winds are low, you should be careful when repairing/servicing and have an assistant with you as the wind may change speed.
- Stay away from the windmill when there are strong winds, thunder, and a storm. It is extremely dangerous, and you may end up getting hurt.
- Carry out the final tightening of the windmill’s parts when you have completed the windmill’s general assembly and can see that all parts and components are present.
- Where your garden windmill’s size is small enough for indoor assembly, carry out its assembly indoors. Assembling your garden’s windmill indoors avoids interference and interruptions by the wind during the assembly process.
Installing your garden windmill shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
We’ve included all the vital steps you need to follow to install different windmills.
There may be small variations with a few manufacturers, but you should easily install your garden windmill by following our steps above.
Note that not all windmills are anchored into the ground as some are portable and can be lifted from one corner of your garden or yard to another.
Ensure that your windmill assembly is strong and can withstand strong winds without getting damaged.
Windmills are becoming very popular in small homes with sizeable pieces of land.
In the US, you must have half an acre to install a windmill on your property.
While in the UK, there are also some regulations you must follow before installing a windmill on your property.
For instance, you need to have a detached house to install a windmill in the UK.
If you already have a garden windmill, you can go ahead and install it in these few simple steps.
But if you’re planning to buy one, ensure to acquire a quality windmill that meets your needs and follow our steps.
Thanks, and we wish you all the best with your new garden windmill!