Solar Thermal (Hot Water) Install

Submitted by furriephillips on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:39

This whole installation was probably 85-90% DIY (once the scaffolders had put up the platform).

I got Kevin (a roofer) in, to do the top rail & the pipe [in|e]gress tiles.

Once I'd set up the vacuum-tube array, I gor Richard Grayling (my plumber), to finish the piping up at the top, where it passes through the roof.

Here are a few pictures to show how the install progressed.

It's a bit black over Bill's Mother's...
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I've got the lower mounting brackets screwed to the roof joists & the bars attached. There's not much more I can do without a proper roof ladder and some bravery...
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Close-up showing the bar and bracket where it enters the roof...
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These need to be installed between 41" & 55" above the lower bars...
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The pipes go into the roof via these funky replacement roof tiles...
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Kevin helped hugely with install progress...
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