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    Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    Have the panels in place, but need to run piping back to the pool pump now.
    Not sure how to get the pipes held in place or how to go over the edge of the roof.
    Previous owner has had some (different) panels up there and they cut through the roof, but that has been patched up and I won't do that again.
    Also wondering if anyone has a inexpensive way to paint pvc darker. Not worried about it absorbing heat, but wife doesn't want white pipe up there. I could use the abs pipe, but it is much more expensive from what I have seen.

    So anyone have any tips for me?

    thanks
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    Re: Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    I just anchored the pipes to the wall with Plumber Tape, then up over the eave with elbows. Some people have taken to calling teflon tape plumbers tape, but I'm talking about the flexible strapping with holes in it.

    PVC paints easily. I just painted mine with latex paint that matched the siding.
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    Re: Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    Fusion paint will adhere well to it. And it comes in lots of colors. Lowes or HD have several different styles of pipe clamps that might be what you're looking for.
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    Re: Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    I have been told to paint any exposed PVC here in the southern Nevada to keep the UV rays from breaking down the pipe as fast. It is sunscreen.
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    Re: Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    I had seen that fusion paint and wondered about it...I may try it.
    Hadn't heard about UV breaking down pvc.
    Well...happy wife = happy life so there is no way it is going up there unpainted anyway! haha
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    Re: Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    Yeah, it will turn a sick brownish-purple after a couple years in the sun. Even worse than white!
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    Re: Solar panels on roof...any tips for installation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Melt In The Sun
    Yeah, it will turn a sick brownish-purple after a couple years in the sun. Even worse than white!
    Hehe...well hopefully in that time I will be able to afford a heat pump and be able to take it off the roof anyway!
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