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WarrenS65

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Posted: 09/16/22 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm installing solar panels on my Host Everest. Does anyone know if the roof will support using self drilling screws, or do I need to hit a crossmember?


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Posted: 09/16/22 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

used a quality stud finder to located aluminum frame members. Roof between frame members is foam sandwiched between two luan layers


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Avoid holes all-together by using Scotch 3M VHB double sided heavy duty tape - # 4950.


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Posted: 09/17/22 07:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hitting a cross member on a roof without strong plywood is always the right way IMO.


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I second the VHB tape. That stuff is amazing. I have used it on three solar installs and have not had any failures.

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The tape is great BUT it needs to stick to something substantial. For instance, not a rubber roof.

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Thanks KansasKen. I'll do that.
Ed_Gee and Fishbreath: I have a rubber roof, so VHB tape is a no go for me.

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I should have exempted rubber roof from my previous post. My concern is you having enough cross members in your roof to provide adequate mounting for solar panels.

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Ed_Gee wrote:

Avoid holes all-together by using Scotch 3M VHB double sided heavy duty tape - # 4950.


Using that on a rubber roof is a recipe for disaster!


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That tape is only as strong as what it's attached to. A screw into a roof member with a quality adhesive caulk works every time.


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