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jezter6

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More dumb questions 😉

It seems a lot of people are digging post holes to keep a collector down because the back is an obvious wind sail. Presuming a certain angle of the collector, any wind hitting that face should theoretically keep it down, but it's the back side that is the "problem"?

So what if one made a A frame style structure and mounted some plywood on the back that would direct any wind from that side up and over the top.

The sheer weight of the overall contraption should withstand a fair amount of wind, even more so (theoretically) if one were to put a small floor in and turned it into a shed with a garden tractor adding more weight to the non-permanent structure.

Is this the dumbest question yet? stay tuned--- more to come 😋

Cathy in Georgia

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Had the same thought last night.  Did some smaller collectors with a 90 degree back and no problem with the wind, but they were low to the ground.  I lost a 60 by 25 foot outbuilding to wind two years ago, the wind sail effect is real. However, when built on posts as in the large collector by Scott Davis, the wind might blow under and have less effect.  Also, if I built an A frame shed in my area, I'd have to take out a building permit.  I don't like to call attention to myself that way.
jezter6

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Originally Posted by Cathy in Georgia
Had the same thought last night.  Did some smaller collectors with a 90 degree back and no problem with the wind, but they were low to the ground.  I lost a 60 by 25 foot outbuilding to wind two years ago, the wind sail effect is real. However, when built on posts as in the large collector by Scott Davis, the wind might blow under and have less effect.  Also, if I built an A frame shed in my area, I'd have to take out a building permit.  I don't like to call attention to myself that way.


I would guess that some of the sail effect would depend greatly on orientation. If I made it less vertical I'd have to make it bigger to account for winter loss - but I do want to use it for pool heat (3400 gal) and a hot tub. But that makes it heavier as well if you build out more framing to make it non-permanent. Throwing a few heavy items into the "lean to" might be enough to keep the sail from happening as well.

So many ideas, so little time and money 😋

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