Wow, talk about you guys having all the fun while I am away! Looks like a lot of self inflicted wounds flying around the spheres out there. Guessing that those doing the damage don’t see it that way though. LOL Not like I really give a rats ass about that stink anymore. Let the children play at race baiting and when it all comes apart, well, nuff said. Onward.
Been busier than hell the last week obviously, enough so that I am resorting to using a greasy spoon for my net access today. Blech!. But I am moving forward, and that is well worth the situation today. Money is movin’ around and there will be some progress made towards the shop here shortly. Good news for me and the Voo.
But I did have one set back here recently, and I wanted to share how I overcame it. Had a series of days where the sun was hard to find. Didn’t notice that I was having panel issues due to that. When the sun started shining again, realized that I was looking at 3 of 5 panels with ZERO output. Luckily, they are the cheapy HB kind that I actually prefer. I like these panels for several reasons. While output is low, they will put out voltage even when the higher priced panels are barely ticking. I have even noted voltage from these panels on full moon nights!
Anyway, I needed to fix this ASAP. I have looked into the guts of these panels before, and here you get to see it as well. Pretty straight forward repair. Chip away a little safety glass, solder in a new attachment and presto, Voltage again! Much easier than trying to track down new ones (most HB’s have these on backorder right now as they are rapidly growing in demand) and far cheaper as well. Skills needed are simple soldering skills and a willingness to chip the glass. The glass panels these are made of are two sectioned pane glass with the panel sandwiched in the middle and the whole mess held together with a gel type glue. With finesse, you can chip only one pane to access the strip you need to work with.
For some, this may even open up an oppurtunity to salvage some from other sources that don’t wanna mess with ’em. Just a thought.
More later, back to work.