Building Batch Solar Hot Water Systems Building Batch Solar Hot Water Systems

What You'll Need
Safety Glasses
Leather Working Gloves
Plumber's Torch
Pipe Cutter
4 "L" Brackets
1" Galvanized Screws
L Brackets (12)
3" Galvanized Screws
3 Plexiglass Sheets
Copper Piping
Round Plastic Tank
Round Metal Tank
Plumber's Tape

Building batch solar hot water systems can greatly increase the efficiency of the energy in your home and decreasing your monthly energy bills.  Solar hot water systems can make your home green and help our environment.  The heaters can be used in many types of environments, however, you should be certain to take extra precautions if your local area has cold, freezing weather.  You may be required to use specially designed systems.

Step #1: Shut off Water
The first thing that you are going to want to do is to completely shut off the water main that is coming into your home. Turn on every  faucet in your home to allow the water to purge and remove all electrical power provided to water heater. Once all water is purged, turn the faucets back on.

Step #2: Choose Spot for Solar Panels
Choose a place for your solar panels on your roof that receives plenty of sunlight. Consider the place that get the most sunlight throughout the day, that can handle the weight of the panels.  Equally important, consider where the panels will be placed.  Try to keep the panels perched facing the back or sides of the home to allow your home to maintain it's curb appeal. 

Step #3: Begin Construction
Next, you place your box on the roof with its open side facing downward, attaching your lager L brackets directly to the roof without attaching your box just yet. Build your solar panel box by attaching the L brackets to the plexi sheets and set your box aside. Place your tank in between all of the brackets, taking care to make sure that the bracket holes are one hole directly above the other hole.

Step #4: Attach Screw Fittings
The screw fittings in your tank should be screwed in as tightly as possible. The threads of each fitting should be wrapped using plumber's tape.  Attach the fittings securely by hand.

Step #5: Attach Pipe
Next you use your flux, solder and your torch in order to attach a 6 inch stretch of pipe.  Attach into a 90-degee fitting into the bottom of the tank.  Follow the same instructions and repeat steps with a 9 inch piece into the top fitting.

Step #6: Access Holes
Now you can saw and drill to create open access holes for your pipes. The pipes can enter your box over the tank.  Slide the box over your tank and secure to your brackets. Now use your drill to make two holes in the roof, sliding full pieces of pipe into each one of the holes before attaching the top to the fittings that are coming out of the tank. The excess holes should be filled using expansion foam.

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