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Old 11-20-2019, 11:40 PM   #1
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Eternabond Tape-Width

Getting ready to install a flexible panel. I'm wondering what width people have used. 4" looks a bit overkill and I was thinking 2" might be OK.

For those who have used it, what width did you use?

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Old 11-21-2019, 12:23 AM   #2
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Getting ready to install a flexible panel. I'm wondering what width people have used. 4" looks a bit overkill and I was thinking 2" might be OK.

For those who have used it, what width did you use?

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Ron I found 2 in to be perfect for our trailer . Pat
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I used 1 inch, 3m Hi bond, cut into 3 inch strips, and checkerboard pattern, about 3 inch spacing between rows, and between tape ends.

If I used Eternabond I would use it as a perimeter tape, 2 inch
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Getting ready to install a flexible panel. I'm wondering what width people have used. 4" looks a bit overkill and I was thinking 2" might be OK.

For those who have used it, what width did you use?

Ron
I also used the 2" tape for fastening solar panels to the roof of my Escape.
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Getting ready to install a flexible panel. I'm wondering what width people have used. 4" looks a bit overkill and I was thinking 2" might be OK.

For those who have used it, what width did you use?

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I used 4" where the panels were mounted next to each other - 1" on each panel edge and 2" in between on the fiberglass. Since I had the roll of 4" tape, I cut the tape down to 3" to use for the remaining panel edges. The Eternabond tape is easy to cut with scissors.

If you look closely at the corners of the panels, you can see where I added extra Eternabond to cover the seams on the corners. Water getting behind the panels is not good.
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Thanks.

I'll use 2" around the perimeter. I was thinking that I'd also use a few more central strips of VHB tape. But that's just me, a belt and braces type of guy.

I was actually considering making up a frame and bolting the panel on. But that kind of negates using a flexible panel. I'm still a fan of bolting things to the roof but in this case the tape makes sense. Especially since so many folks seem to have done it without issues.

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Thanks.

I'll use 2" around the perimeter. I was thinking that I'd also use a few more central strips of VHB tape. But that's just me, a belt and braces type of guy.

I was actually considering making up a frame and bolting the panel on. But that kind of negates using a flexible panel. I'm still a fan of bolting things to the roof but in this case the tape makes sense. Especially since so many folks seem to have done it without issues.

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2 in around the perimeter is all that is needed . Also go over the corners with a cut triangle to keep water from going under panels .P.S. I also like to overdo and don’t want any issues later . Pat
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I used 4" where the panels were mounted next to each other - 1" on each panel edge and 2" in between on the fiberglass. Since I had the roll of 4" tape, I cut the tape down to 3" to use for the remaining panel edges. The Eternabond tape is easy to cut with scissors.

If you look closely at the corners of the panels, you can see where I added extra Eternabond to cover the seams on the corners. Water getting behind the panels is not good.
Your installation looks very neat and tidy. Any reason why you did not trim the cables from your panels shorter rather than looping the extra cable and leaving it on the roof?
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Your installation looks very neat and tidy. Any reason why you did not trim the cables from your panels shorter rather than looping the extra cable and leaving it on the roof?
I was waiting until the panel warranty ran out to trim them and then haven't gone back to do that since.

I did cover all the cabling with nylon sheathing to prevent UV damage to the wiring.
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