In all the examples of DIY we have ever seen, never has our jaw hit the floor so hard as after seeing this one. It’s one thing to stick a few things together, and so totally different when someone builds a project as huge as this by themselves. Manfred Mornhinweg had a stream running near his home, so he decided to do what any extreme DIYer would do: build a microhydro plant to use the water.
A project like this would require fluency in a number of disciplines, and it would seem Manfred is a master of them all. Aided by neighbors Gabriel and his son, Manfred set out to build bring his own hydroelectricity to his home. A job that did not just require intellect and knowledge of putting things together, but also the skill and power for digging channels and building bridges.
The neighbors did the digging for channels and pathways for the pipes and water; a job that takes great importance once you realize it was all being done by the hand. With neighbors busy digging, Manfred set himself on designing various parts of the system, assembling various parts required, even inventing a few gadgets to make his work easier, and to creating a system of power generation.
This would probably be the equivalent of a thousand DIY projects made together, considering the knowledge, expertise and the wide area of influence required for the project. It’s a happy story with Manfred finally managing to bring his own hydel energy to power his home, and coming off as a genius in the process.