Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The rest of the chimney situation was up to me. Of course with a little help from mom this time.
Yesterday(Sept 24) was a heavy thought and measure and more thinking type day. And I'm still pretty dumb. lol. Although I think I do have a bit more of a plan of how to get my solar panels onto the roof. Getting the houses own power system up and running is my main concern now for the next little while, although it will probably take awhile just trying to find a good deal on batteries and supplies. For awhile there, I have forgotten all about frugalness and it depresses me that I think I don't have the time to shop around a bit. I walked into the local solar store today to find some little angle iron type brackets to mount my solar panels. They are just little 2 inch long stainless steal double 90 degree angle thingys that you screw to the panel then screw the other end to the surface. Each panel needs four of them. I was told $30.00 for 4. So $30.00 to do one panel. I have six panels x 30=$180.00 for these little tiny peices of angle irons, oh ya, and screws. I think not. That little bit of greedyness just may have screwed them out of a big battery sale, not to mention cables and solar panel wire, offgrid stove, fridge, etc. I do realize that in business, you do need to make money, but just because you have the only solar store around don't mean you're going to rape me. I would love nothing more than to feed the local business, but if I can save a bunch by going for a little drive to the big city, then maybe I'll call it a holiday. We'll see though, maybe it's no cheaper there either. I'm going to build my own little angle iron do-dads though. As far as I am concerned, these little things should come with the panels to begin with. I have no problem paying 30 bucks for a specialized mounting system for each panel, but these are no more than 2" long pieces of stainless steel angle iron with holes drilled in them. lol. It's crazy. I would have felt like a stupid idiot as I walked out of that store had I purchased this hardware.
This is a personal blog, mainly for my own use. I am building a house with my own two hands, but I am learning alot of things as I go. I do not claim to know what I am doing, or if anything I do is even close to being done correctly or safely. So please, if you are planning on using any of my ideas or methods for your own use, please get professional advice before actually following through with your actions. I will not be held responsible for any injuries or damages of any kind caused by information or comments from this blog.