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Old 10-26-2014, 04:32 PM   #101
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Are those wood tabs at the bottom some kinda feet, Myron? And, do they get in the way for folding.

I am following with interest, as in the future something portable is likely the way I will go.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:41 PM   #102
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Oh, and Mike, don't think I can't tell a Photoshopped vanilla wafer when I see one.
Dang, can't fool Myron! Well, now I can eat the rest of the vanilla wafers. :-)
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Old 10-27-2014, 11:37 AM   #103
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That's right, Jim, little wood feet meant to keep the panel off the ground. Though them cleats wouldn't keep the book from folding (hinges set so glass sides mate) they would require a deeper case. Got a better idea this morning. Currently working on changes.

Regarding the solar panels themselves, clearly heavy duty, designed for permanent installation. So, pondering the support bracket, which may or may not prove to be a weak design. Wondering if it will rack.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:14 PM   #104
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Revised newer, better idea for keeping panels out of the dirt. Laminated two 1x 2½ x 22" 's. Cut 1/8th inch wide kerf on table saw, (thickness of panel frame) and hand chiseled out a wide notch (not seen) behind. The thing keeps panels on same plane, slips on and off easy, and when off nests stored in booked panels' case currently under construction.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:56 PM   #105
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Solar panel case, packed and ready for a day in the sun.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:24 PM   #106
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Solar panel case, packed and ready for a day in the sun.
So, when is "Myron's Portable Solar Solutions" going into business?
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:34 PM   #107
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Not a chance. They don't call me "the great cobbler" for nothing. Meanwhile....
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Not a chance. They don't call me "the great cobbler" for nothing. Meanwhile....
Great! Now you can use that lane without fear of getting a ticket.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:41 PM   #109
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Solar panel case, packed and ready for a day in the sun.
Myron what is the lid of your case made of? So far I've been lazy and just made a case from the foam packing material and heavy cardboard box mine was shipped in.
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The white top is corrugated plastic left over from my tongue box job. A full 4x8' sheet cost around $14 at a plastics supplier I found in ABQ. Case bottom panel is 3/16ths plywood [I think] (salvaged from my favorite wood source, the county dump).

I would have used cardboard but my panels' weight made me nervous... and, the white plastic looked too cool to pass up.
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