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Old 08-02-2008, 06:44 PM   #1
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Aluminum solar panel frame ideas wanted


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I'm wanting to build an aluminum solar panel frame and need some ideas.

Below is a solar panel made of wood, if only I could make one out of aluminum channel with a glass top or knew someone who could make this for me or tell me how.



If anyone has an idea on how to do this please e-mail at midwestmeteor@earthlink.net THANK YOU




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Old 08-03-2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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I would check with some local home improvement contractors that do patio door replacements....

One panel of an old sliding patio door would make a nice top for that.

Just make sure its not Low E coated or it may reduce you cell production.

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How rigid does the support panel have to be to avoid damaging the solar panel due temp. expansion and contraction and normal handling?
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How rigid does the support panel have to be to avoid damaging the solar panel due temp. expansion and contraction and normal handling?
Just enough so it won't bend, I would leave 1/4 in for movement
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I would check with some local home improvement contractors that do patio door replacements....

One panel of an old sliding patio door would make a nice top for that.

Just make sure its not Low E coated or it may reduce you cell production.

Thanks Sammy great idea
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:40 PM   #6
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Your welcome

They make good cold frames too for starting new plants in the spring if you do any gardening.

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