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gkainz

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Posted: 10/16/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thinking about dropping the solar panel wire over the edge of the roof at the awning, making a small drip loop on the side, then following the awning power cable to the basement. Shortens the run by about 20' over using the fridge vent and keeps me from dropping the belly again.

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Posted: 10/16/19 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks to me like it would be prone to damage from tree branches etc. I may well be wrong there.





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Posted: 10/16/19 12:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

yeah, I wondered about that. Very easy to snag on something and rip off. Eternabond tape would solve that, but I'm not keen on how that would look on the outside edge...

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Posted: 10/16/19 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

go through the fridge vent


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Posted: 10/16/19 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Faced with a similar situation, it was a long round-about to reach the fridge stack, I chose to snake it inside an interior wall. But it all depends on your floor plan.

Personally I would exhaust all other ideas before I ran wires down the outside. If I had to use the route you're thinking of, I would probably prefer to lay the wires along the outside of the awning channel, and cover them with Eternabond tape.


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Posted: 10/16/19 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the photo above, there is a channel guard inside the awning arm that covers the wire to the power awning head. So, the only exposure is the 6" or so from top of awning bracket to roof. The wires "could" go under that guard and be completely protected, except for that top 6".

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Another vote for using the fridge chimney


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Posted: 10/16/19 04:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I drilled a hole in my roof and ran the wires down inside the bedroom closet to the basement. I did this seven years ago and I have zero leaks. I sealed it with Dicor.


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Posted: 10/16/19 04:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did what Kent did. Shortest route, zero leaks.


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Posted: 10/16/19 09:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I ran mine down the black tank vent and broke it out in the basement through a sealed fitting.


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