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Old 06-30-2016, 12:15 AM   #101
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Ready to install, but too HOT!

First I will work on the roof top cable entry down the fridge shaft.
Went to Home Depot and bought one of the stress relief connectors and lock nut. I know there are many types, some metal and some plastic. This one may require a dab of Dicor on the cables when done, will see. Going to drill a 3/4" hole on upper side of base allowing for cable clearance and on opposite end from flue. Devised a crazy way to attach the lock nut. I tested it simulating the side of the base. Very involved and can take 5 minutes or an hour.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:44 PM   #102
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Received my StickyFeet, awfully small???

I was surprised when I opened the box and saw how small they actually are. Just 1"x3" of 3M VHB tape. For some reason I thought they had a much larger base. Not sure what I'm going to do now. Spent a ridiculous $18 on shipping. Going to have to give this some thought??????
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:48 PM   #103
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I was surprised when I opened the box and saw how small they actually are. Just 1"x3" of 3M VHB tape. For some reason I thought they had a much larger base. Not sure what I'm going to do now. Spent a ridiculous $18 on shipping. Going to have to give this some thought??????
That's probably more area than the ones I used on my little mounts.

I should write up my install. Some day I will. I learned a few things not to do. None of which are germane to your plans today.

I know it feels like each of us is inventing the wheel. It's too bad it's like that.
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:04 PM   #104
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Just use the sticky feet on the lightly sanded fiberglass roof and allow to set. Then go over with the adhesive cauck. Allow that to set. Then over with Dicor. The mounts will be solid and when you pull on them you will have no concerns. Screws not needed. We have been driving thru the plains , colorado and utah this week at 75 mph without any problems.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:02 PM   #105
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Busy day running cable

I decided after installing the stress relief connector on the side of the base, I would pull the Convenience Panel above the fridge. Sure enough, there was a double walled panel backing up to the fridge vent. I drilled a pilot hole and then a hole large enough for the cable. You can see it in the photos. Now the cable is just a short loop instead of running all the way down to vent shaft. I then routed the cable down where the grey arrow is in the void alongside the fridge. Next it was easy to fish it under the cabinets to where the raised floor is. I had previously fished a line under the floor. I started to pull the cable thru and pulled off my cord. Then spent the next 2 hours fishing it thru again. It was an easy route under the oven and sink to the trash cabinet where I will mount the controller only a few feet to the batteries in the step well.
I did finish up the day caulking all the holes even the double wall one turned out good. Sealed looking into the vent shaft and the inside void behind the Convenience panel.

Still waiting for the fuse/cutoff to arrive and I need to get sone 8 awg wire for the controller to the batteries. Going to take HopHed's advice and move them around for a few days checking out the charging and looking for shadows.


Will probably mount the controller and attach the feet to the panels. Any suggestions on how close to the corners they should be?
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:48 PM   #106
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finished the wiring and have mounted the Controller along with my Xantrex Battery Monitor, Cutoff switch for panels to controller and a 30 amp fused cutoff for controller to batteries. It's in the trash basket cabinet by the step well.
Second photo are the 2x100 watt Renogy panels with StickyFeet attached and sitting on wood. All connected and working fine. Will move them around in the next day or so and see where I want to install them.
I'm going for overkill and sanding down the dimples like HopHed did and drilling 2 holes in each foot base. I'm going to use 2 hollow wall anchors for each foot along with the 3M VHB tape and adhesive caulk. Reason is we travel up the Grapevine here in SoCal and it gets very windy. We can have 40-60mph gusts and driving into that will put the panels at risk. Peace of mind!
In looking at the roof photo, do you think it would be better with the panels closer together so the Air Cond blocks some of the wind?
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:21 AM   #107
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Anyone following this anymore?
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Anyone following this anymore?

Yes, Sage. Good info. Read it every nite.
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Yes, Sage. Good info. Read it every nite.
Just you HopHed and me!
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:16 AM   #110
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I'm here just taking it all in. I hope to have panels one day.
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