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Hi, I am planning on installing pool solar panels on a wood rack. The rack measure 246 inches long by 54 inches. It is made up of a 2x4 outer frame with 2x2x51” ribs every two feet. There is ½ inch plywood that covers the surface. The solar panels, which sit on the ½ inch plywood, will weight an additional 43 lbs (with water flowing thru).

I am thinking of hang the wood rack on my back fence. The wood rack will span over three 4x4 PT cemented posts 8 feet apart. The fence is 75 inches high. I am thinking of hang this wood rack from the top of the fence with hinges as I need to have the wood rack at a 45 degree angle from the fence during the summer months and then hang straight down the fence during the winter months. I plan to add extra legs to support the wood rack when in the 45 degree angle.

My question is will the fence with the additional legs support this weight??? Or is there a better way??? Is there something else I should be checking???

Any input would be helpful. Thanks
 

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Thank you Rizzo for you feed back... I will look into our suggestions. And yes this is to heat the water for a pool.

Willie T – the world does not live just in Florida…. Welcome to Canada, we get maybe 2 - 3 months of swimming weather in a good summer. With the solar panels I could increase this to 3 – 5 months of swimming.
 

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It will block some wind but I don't think it will be like a solid wall. My wood rack has 2x2 ribs with plywood on top of it but there is a 6 inch gab of no plywood running in the middle down the whole width (246 inch length) with just the 2x2 ribs showing. For the summer months the wood rack with also be on a 45 degree angle.
 
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