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DIY Solar panel - Part 3

All soldered up

All soldered up

Our finished copper solar heat exchanger after all the soldering. Now ready for a clean with a wire brush and pressure testing.

Seal one end ready for testing

Seal one end ready for testing the solar panel

Just to makes sure it's water tight under pressure especially before fitting the glass and painting it

Testing the snake

Testing the snake

Attach mains water pressure and test for leaks for a couple of hours. Give it a bit of a bash and bend occasionally to stress it. If there are anyweak joints it's better to find them now than later.

Fitting the glasing strips

Fitting the glazing strips to our DIY solar panel

Fitting the glazing strips around the inside of the wooden box to support the glass or perspex sheet.

Fitting the snake in the box

Fitting the snake in the box

Cutting the sealed end so it will fit through the hole in the box

Pipe clips

Pipe clips

After all the brackets / pipe clips have been put in place

Glassing

Glazing

Testing the fit of the glass before painting the absorber plate

Painting

Painting

Painted with mat black metal paint before the glass was fitted

The finished DIY solar panel


We've a great selection of all the bits you'll need after you've constructed your panel. Have a look at the solar hot water accessories pages.

A "handout" style page PDF version of this project is available.

Free copy of our DIY Solar panel pdf handout

 
 
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