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Bert - Your cover looks slick.  It looks like your collector is visible from the street; the cover blends in real well.  Did you remove the normal glazing and insert the cover in its place?  Or does it cover the glazing?

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 I actually used the existing  panels. I removed them and painted them and put them back.
Figured I might as well use the new panels for winter when I get them. This way I won't have to  buy them right away and they will be one year newer.

So  actually I will just have to exchange them in spring and fall.


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Depending on the method you used to seal the glazing, you may want to simply place the covers on top of the winter glazing instead of switching it out seasonally. Even the best weatherstripping(EDPM) may flatten out and lose its resiliency, especially when compressed multiple times. On the other hand, opening up the collector regularly gives you the opportunity to check things out. And while it might be difficult to attach a hinged cover similar to Don's due to how your collector is to the ground, you could place blocks under the collector to support the "cover", while some sort of clips or straps could hold it tight to the face of the collector.


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Greg,

I will keep an eye on the weather stripping  but It would be more difficult to place it over the glazing as I would need to engineer a way to attached it. Plus it would not look as good. The way I have it done it's very easy to exchange and there's no comparison to my other covers as far as looks are concern.

At the worst I may have to replace the weather stripping every few years.


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I'm surprised but the paint is still holding up fine on the cover. Probably since they are in storage about half the year.
May have to install them soon if it heats up much more.

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I wonder what the condition of the cover paint would be had you used wood instead of polycarbonate sheets? Have you thought about using your hidden artistic talent and painting the cover with a few flowers so it looks like an extension of the garden? 

It's almost time to move my collector into storage for the season. But it may end up being in the yard until next winter. I had rotator cuff surgery recently and as of now, I can barely lift my hand to my head. Lifting as little as 5 pounds over my head might take another 2-3 months, much less moving heavy, cumbersome panels. Next week of so, I'll likely start venting the panel to the great outdoors just to keep the house from overheating. And if I can't arrange for help moving my panels soon, I'll cover them until fall. But not today as we have a high or 45˚ and a rain/snow mix in the forecast.

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If only I was an artist. 😉
Hopefully you recover quickly from your surgery. Seems like it takes longer these days.
Well the sun is shining today and the batteries are charging.  Potatoes in the sun oven and the Solar heat should be on soon. It's a sun-day. 

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