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Old 02-10-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Instead of a glass front cover can thin stiff plastic be substituted?

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Old 02-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Lexan can be used but would have to be think enough so it would not sag.
Never use cheap plexaglass, it yellows, is effected by UV and will craze.

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http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects.../sunspaces.htm

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Excellent post, I have made all the panels that I use on my boat and a solar water heater. I have also made a water maker that works off of solar, it will produce about 8 to 10 gallons of water a day, just enough to keep the tanks full. I have also made a solar oven and dehydrator for food.
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Twin walled polycarbonate works well, does not yellow and provides an insulation factor. Imagine a piece of corrugated (cardboard) but clear. I've used it for 15+ years and absolutely no yellowing.
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What does a good piece of twin polycarbonate run in price?
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Obviously it depends on the size. Check with Polytex, they are a greenhouse manufacturer.
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Excellent post, I have made all the panels that I use on my boat and a solar water heater. I have also made a water maker that works off of solar, it will produce about 8 to 10 gallons of water a day, just enough to keep the tanks full. I have also made a solar oven and dehydrator for food.
Solar oven. Very interesting. How did you do that?
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ok, Guys,

How well are your solar panels working and how much of a savings have you realized after recovering cost of project?

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