I Have Given Up...

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by JJ, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. JJ

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    I had to leave the Algarve and go north to arrange the collection of the Classic Ride On Mower.

    While there the plan was to strip stuff from the Wagon, including a solar panel or two, return to the Algarve and fit the stuff in the Hymer in the sunnier weather.

    I have got the sound system and speakers, the 11kilo Gaslow bottle, LED strip lights (with switches) and various tools etc and yesterday I carefully climbed up a slightly wobbly step ladder to start to remove the first (of 4) solar panels.

    I had fixed them with aluminium angle pieces, glued (Sikaflex) and bolted to the roof.

    The bolts came out easily but the glue was stuck... really stuck. Not having a wire saw, I used a hacksaw blade on the glue.

    After half an hour on the first bracket of four I stopped for a rest and a think.

    To reach the two at the far side of the panel I will have to clamber up onto the roof. I am not sure I could get down again safely. I am in an electrically gated compound all on my own. Should I fall no one would even know until tomorrow at the earliest and, if I called for help, how would they get past the gate?

    I decided to be sensible, postpone the job until the gang get back from Australia and head south...

    I AM getting old...

    JJ :cool:

    PS. Anyone having solar panels fitted to their motorhomes be assured that correctly applied Sikaflex is MORE than strong enough to hold them securely.
     
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  2. yodeli

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    I know someone who's going to be angry with himself when in the sun and warmth of the Algarve without any good pottering to think about....

    On the other hand, if not even Mosca can help then better be safe than sorry...!!
     
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  3. Larrynwin

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    The bone the bones the joints , can't trust em any more :rolleyes:
     
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    True. You are getting old. You are being sensible........! ::bigsmile:
     
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  5. Judge Mental

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    disc cutter....
     
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  6. wizzer59

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    Chill man, Just put it off till another day, what's the rush.

    Just a thought, would it be easier to drill out the screw/bolt from bracket to panel???o_O
     
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    And just don't worry about getting old, we're all doing that[​IMG]
     
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    Kick back and watch the footy JJ, its Sunday...
     
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    Heat the aluminium angle with a blowtorch. The Sikaflex insulates the roof from the heat & once the angle is hot (bl**dy hot) it lifts off cleanly leaving the Sikaflex on the roof. A broad, sharp, wood-working chisel pushed by hand cleans it off fairly easily.

    I use the same mounting method & have had to do the same job.
     
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  10. old-mo

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    And where are all your "PEOPLE" when you need them... :crying:

    Your slipping my friend....... not literally... :wink::BigGrin:
     
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  11. Welsh girl

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    Don't risk it. Good idea. You don't want to ends up squashed on the floor with no chance of help getting to you. You'd also be laid up for months on end, it's not worth it. Get your purse out and pay a youngster. Easily done with your wealth! !!
     
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    JJ if I had your talent, I wouldn't waste time doing jobs that I could pay the experts to do .... use your time doing what you do well and enjoy doing and use the payment to pay the experts. :) Don't fall off. :(
     
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    They call it Risk Assessment nowdays JJ, us Seniors always called it good old common sense(y)
     
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    JJ, how are the aluminium brackets attached to the solar panels? I just self tapped mine. When it comes time to remove I will leave the brackets on the roof and just remove the solar panels. Not messing with the sikaflex :whistle:
     
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  15. Stephen & Jeannie

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    When the Gunners win you will want to hurl your good self on to the soil and pummel the earth with your fists !!!:whistle2::whistle2::whistle2:
     
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    Go away Stephen...

    Karl, sadly the brackets are bolted to the aluminium angle pieces with locking nuts on the inside of the frame. They were designed to outlast me...

    Joy, I am retired from that life...

    Thanks for the heating up tip Mr Tonyidle.

    Will deffo give it a go when I resume the job.

    Just arrived back at Rui's restaurant, Pego da Alter and about to scoff a plate full of of grilled belly pork and chips.

    Yummmmy.

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    JJ :cool:
     
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    being a gooner myself i did think of JJ at the final whistle,cant think why:LOL::LOL:
     
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    Exactly why I am on a diet while away from you !!!!!
    Give Rui my regards! Tell him I'll be back soon and he'd better have my favourite octopus salad ready!!!
     
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    It comes to all eventually my OLD friend :D
     
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    A Fein saw is your friend for most applications (y)
     
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