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Old 07-26-2015, 06:58 PM   #271
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Bob do you think that is a good idea when it has been said this fiberglass is 1/8 thick ? Pat
I think the idea is to not leave square edges, I'd just countersink any holes a smidgen with light pressure. But then this is just something I read not long ago when looking onto the solar mounting issue.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:00 PM   #272
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I think the idea is to not leave square edges, I'd just countersink any holes a smidgen with light pressure. But then this is just something I read not long ago when looking onto the solar mounting issue.
Bob how can you have square holes if you drill the hole's ? Pat
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:04 PM   #273
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I'm going to take a pass on this question. I just searched drilling holes in fiberglass and there are as many opinions as people... How about running your drill backward? Lot's of controversy there too.


I wish you all the best in your hole drilling ... I didn't drill any yet!
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:36 PM   #274
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I always use a piece of tape attached to the fiberglass and drill thru the tape and wall, done it successfully now at least a dozen times without any cracks. Works with plaster walls also....
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I always use a piece of tape attached to the fiberglass and drill thru the tape and wall, done it successfully now at least a dozen times without any cracks. Works with plaster walls also....
Jim that is good practice even if you drill through wood placing a piece of wood as backing before you drill helps with the wood not splintering . I believe that the fear is fiberglass cracking from stress and movement, temp changes , water many things , the holes that have been drilled with bolting through after . I would think the air force going down the road will put stress on the attachments , stressing the fiberglass . Pat
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:17 PM   #276
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I have not gotten my kit for the 21' yet. Do I understand correctly the bolt heads end up in the cupboards?
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I have not gotten my kit for the 21' yet. Do I understand correctly the bolt heads end up in the cupboards?
Depends upon the panel size. The 150/160 W panels use bolts through roof into the upper storage compartment. The 95 W panels use screws through the dome of the roof and are exposed in the ceiling interior.
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Depends upon the panel size. The 150/160 W panels use bolts through roof into the upper storage compartment. The 95 W panels use screws through the dome of the roof and are exposed in the ceiling interior.
We have the 160 so I won't have to agonize over exposed bolt heads.
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I read in this forum sometimes ago that someone suggested using anchor screw to avoid going through the ceiling. Anchor/Screws: Steel Threaded Inserts - The Insert Company (UK) Ltd an UK company
Steel Threaded Inserts for Solar panel anchor
High quality zinc plated steel and stainless steel threaded inserts.
Screw Anchors
Zinc plated steel screw anchors / hollow wall anchors, for use in thin sectioned materials; sheet metal, fiberglass, plastics, composites etc. where one surface is inaccessible.
The head and collapsible legs form a load bearing surface on both sides of the material.
Will this anchor screw work to secure the solar panel? Casita uses a lot of rivets through the fiberglass without any problem.

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I read in this forum sometimes ago that someone suggested using anchor screw to avoid going through the ceiling. Anchor/Screws: Steel Threaded Inserts - The Insert Company (UK) Ltd an UK company
Steel Threaded Inserts for Solar panel anchor
High quality zinc plated steel and stainless steel threaded inserts.
Screw Anchors
Zinc plated steel screw anchors / hollow wall anchors, for use in thin sectioned materials; sheet metal, fiberglass, plastics, composites etc. where one surface is inaccessible.
The head and collapsible legs form a load bearing surface on both sides of the material.
Will this anchor screw work to secure the solar panel? Casita uses a lot of rivets through the fiberglass without any problem.

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The screw anchors are also called jack nuts and would provide backing on the inside of the 1/8" fiberglass roof. They are avaliable for different material thickness.
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