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Old 09-15-2015, 09:07 PM   #361
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Unfortunately I have the smaller 95 watt panel so my bolt heads will be visible.
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:10 PM   #362
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I believe the frame of the panel is aluminum (), and ETI provided self tapping steel screws to go through aluminum brackets into an aluminum solar panel frame. I'm wondering about a galvanic reaction if the kit is installed.
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:39 AM   #363
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Unfortunately I have the smaller 95 watt panel so my bolt heads will be visible.
Might be time to upsize to a 160 panel to hide the bolts in the cabinets.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:53 AM   #364
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I'll probably put the kit on, but not use their screws. I would bolt that sucker with locknuts on the panel and a larger washer over the bolt inside the cabinet; probably capped off with a plastic topper for both looks and insulation of the bolt head.


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Old 09-16-2015, 01:56 AM   #365
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Might be time to upsize to a 160 panel to hide the bolts in the cabinets.
Now there's an $850 upgrade (I checked).
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:04 AM   #366
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I believe the frame of the panel is aluminum (), and ETI provided self tapping steel screws to go through aluminum brackets into an aluminum solar panel frame. I'm wondering about a galvanic reaction if the kit is installed.
S/s screws into aluminum are common place in marine use. A salt water environment especially can promote galvanic action between the two. Usually only some disfiguring pitting is the result but screw removal can be difficult in thick sections with more screw thread in contact. Usually heat will save the day but sometimes the screw will snap. On thin sections like the panel frame screws usually can be removed easily.

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Old 09-16-2015, 02:07 AM   #367
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Now there's an $850 upgrade (I checked).
Well, some people shop in those high end places and others, like me, shop in the bargain basement.

160 watt, mono, $215 plus $10 delivery on eBay. It's what I have and they work well.

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Old 09-16-2015, 09:30 AM   #368
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Unfortunately I have the smaller 95 watt panel so my bolt heads will be visible.
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Now there's an $850 upgrade (I checked).
Actually, it will be a multi-thousand dollar upgrade for Jim. You know he never replaces anything. He will just be upsizing to the 5.0 TA instead.
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Yes, I have been known to spend dollars to save some pennies....I have yet to fill up my propane tanks, another reason to upgrade....
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Yes, I have been known to spend dollars to save some pennies....
You musta partied a lot instead of studying at school, eh?
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