Originally Posted by Randyonr3
I probably get a half dozzen "do it yourself" jobs in here each year that someone wants to have fixed..
I dont want to say its an art and not to try it yourself, but there are a few things you dont want to do.. building it in pieces is a "No No" if going offshore or if its supporting pannels, it will tear itself apart..
And if you dont care how it looks, do it yourself,
For our shop,
anything used for offshore work is 1 inch minimum and if its supporting a solar
system, its uped to 1&1/4 and is drilled, tapped and bolted together..
Randy, I have to agree. Building a Bimini/solar panel support structure requires more than a seat-of-the-paints job. For it to be done right, and look good, the person doing the work needs to know what he is doing. AS MUCH AS I HATE TO ADMIT IT, THIS IS ONE PITA CHALLENGE I AM GOING TO HAVE TO LET THE PROS HANDLE.
I made this decision earlier decision earlier today. After spending the afternoon aboard, and taking a hard look at what would be involved, the more I looked the more I became convinced, the most I could do on my own would end up being a half-ass job, and in the end, costing twice as much. The sharpest tack in the box, I'm not, but I'm not one to pay twice for a job that only needs to be done once.
I appreciate all the suggestions and information provided by those who participated in this thread.