Installing a DIY solar panel can seem like a fairly simple task, as long as you have the correct tools and know exactly what you are doing. Unfortunately there are many people that have a definite dislike or improper knowledge when it comes to mounting their own solar energy system. Some of the main reasons for this are knowledge issues and/or the inability to find the correct type of mounting that matches their home or structure. In this article I will share some of my favorite DIY solar energy tips to help you avoid common mistakes when mounting your own solar panels.
The first mistake that I see people making is buying a list of diy solar panel mounts from the local hardware store. You should never buy just anything off of a list. There is always going to be a better, more expensive way to solve your mounting problem. I recommend getting a basic set of DIY solar panel mounts from either Amazon or Lowes. They will have detailed descriptions of each mount on the websites that they provide, which should give you a good idea as to whether or not you can mount your own solar system.
The second common mistake that I see many people make is installing solar panel systems without spending any type of time researching the proper mounting duration for their structure. The solar stand that is recommended by most manufactures is usually 4″ in length. Now if you have a smaller structure (such as a RV), then this may not be enough time to mount your solar system by just using the solar panel stands. So it is important that you spend some time determining the correct duration before you go out and purchase one.
Another common mistake that I see is not spending enough time on planning out the installation of the energy solar panel. Most people do not plan out the installation of their DIY solar panel mounts, and they end up having to take down the structure when it gets halfway installed because they did not plan out the installation length properly. So if you are going to be building your own energy solar power generator, then you need to spend some time planning out the entire process. This will help ensure that you don’t get any unpleasant surprises when you start to install your new solar panels.
The third mistake that I see is buying solar panels that are “not ready to mount”. This is a critical step, and if you don’t take time to install them correctly, then you’re going to be disappointed with your results. The solar panels that I am talking about are ones that are HDF or High Density Fiber boards. This is the most fragile type of solar panel that you can get and it must be properly mounted if it is going to survive any exposure to the elements.
Unfortunately if you are installing your DIY energy system energy solar panel mounts incorrectly, then the board will break when it is exposed to more sun, and that is when it’s most fragile. If you do not want to spend a bunch of money fixing your solar system’s mounts, then it would probably be best for you to buy a whole solar panel system instead. This way, if you accidentally break one of the solar panels, all you have to do is replace it with a whole new one.
The fourth mistake that many people make when they are installing their diy solar panel systems is dislike of DIY solar panel mounting. You may dislike the look of the solar panels because they are bulky, and they do not come with a nice mount. Maybe you are afraid that the mounts are going to be unstable, or they will cause damage to your windows. Well, whatever your problem is, you should know that you can still get a nice quality mount, and if you know how to install them correctly, then they will work just fine for you. If you are having a hard time figuring out how to install the mounts, then I suggest contacting someone locally that has experience with solar panel systems. They will be able to help you figure out how to mount your system so that it will work right for you.
The fifth mistake that many people make is dislike of DIY solar panel installation because they think that installing solar panels themselves is far too complicated of a task. Although it may seem like a hard task at first, you will realize that once you get started, it will all start to make sense. Once you get started, you will find that actually installing your solar panels is not that hard at all. You will probably discover that you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. You will also learn that DIY solar panel installation does not take up a lot of time at all, and you can even build several at once if you wish!