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Old 03-19-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Solarex junction box cover - how to remove

I removed one of my solar panels last night to replace the rusty mounting hardware and connect new wiring. I can't figure out how to remove the cover from the junction box without damaging it. As you can see from the picture, there are 2 screws on one side (removed) and none on the other. I can tip it up a little from the screw side, but the other side won't come free. I don't want to crack the plastic. Has anyone had experience with this? The panel is a Solarex model MSX64.

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Ron Everson
Cortez, Colorado
1996 Bounder 34J
1995 F53 chassis w/460, ~48K miles
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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Solarex junction box cover - how to remove

I answered my own question. Here's what I did: I squirted some silicon spray around the two connecting tabs opposite the screw side, then wiggled it around. Stopped to have supper (DW was calling). When I went back out & wiggled some more, the cover popped off. There are 2 tabs that fit into 2 slots, and if you tip the cover up enough to clear the lip around the edge, the tabs will come out of the slots. The best part is I didn't break anything. When you're working with ~17 year old plastic that has been exposed to heat most of it's life, that's usually the outcome. Now I can connect the new direct burial/UV cable that will replace the old, weathered, frayed wiring.

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