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Old 28-06-2013, 10:04   #1
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Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

Hi all,

I did a search for this and did not find what I was looking for. I am going to mount 3 large 24v panels above my arch on 1 1/2" aluminum pipe. I want them to be adjustable fore and aft, and so I am looking for "soft" clamps much like standard 1" railing mounts, with a bolt on either side of the pipe and starboard or something similar sandwiched around the pipe.

Similar to the attached pic.

Any ideas on where to get these?

Thanks, Bill
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Old 28-06-2013, 10:08   #2
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Re: Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

buy some starboard, a hole saw, and a hack saw. You can make that in an hour easy!!
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Old 28-06-2013, 10:40   #3
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Re: Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

I used 1 1/2" SS U bolts and slid a fuel line hose over the part that metal touches metal on.
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These is a company offering these up to 3" in the back of QST every month--take a look.
They're used for antenna mounting...
Try Texas Towers for starters
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Go to dxengineering.com and look at their fasteners and clamps.

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Re: Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

Here is the link.
http://www.dxengineering.com/search/...-and-fasteners
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Re: Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

I used "Vibration-Damping Clamping U-Bolts" from McMaster-Carr Note that they fit PIPE, not TUBING. I got the pipe from onlinemetals.com. Hasn't sunk the boat yet....
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Re: Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

Thanks everybody, just what I was looking for. Ill post. Some Pics when I get around to finishing the install.

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buy some starboard, a hole saw, and a hack saw. You can make that in an hour easy!!
Is starboard the same as Delrin or similar? Id like to get some starboard but I need a wider stock than my local westmarine stocks, so I'm looking for substitutions.
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Is starboard the same as Delrin or similar? Id like to get some starboard but I need a wider stock than my local westmarine stocks, so I'm looking for substitutions.
Delrin is a little harder than starboard, and less forgiving of things like screw threads, but works quite nicely also.
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This my install used bbq mounts
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Re: Source for 1 1/2" Tubing Mounts for Solar Panels

Hi Montenito Here in Ozzie I have found them in engineering shops the people that fit out plant rooms and hydro systems they are used as flex mounts for vibration protection of pipework Mine work well and allow me to follow the sun with my panels Good Luck Jacko
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