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Old 03-10-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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Broken glass on solar panel

Hi, I bought a solar panel and the glass on it was broken when delivered. I got my money back.
I thought maybe I can fix it, get tempered glass and rebuild it, but where would I get the glass? The panel works ok.
Anny thoughts if this will work?

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How about from the manufacturer? Or a good glass supplier?

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A glass supplier, but it's probably not going to be cheap. Tempered glass can't be cut, the glass is cut first and then tempered.
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There are a lot of videos on youtube for repairing solar panels with broken glass. Check them out.
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Old 03-11-2016, 08:39 AM   #5
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A personal use repair does not need tempered glass anymore.

Depending on use plain glass should be fine but be careful here as some glass has up blocking and that is part of the magic.

Plexiglass a work as well.

Call a few glass shops as it is just a panel of glass like a large window or photo.

First you need to get the frame open so check out some videos first to learn what not to do.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:12 AM   #6
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Hi, I bought a solar panel and the glass on it was broken when delivered. I got my money back.
I thought maybe I can fix it, get tempered glass and rebuild it, but where would I get the glass? The panel works ok.
Anny thoughts if this will work?

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I've "built" solar panels before. You can cover them with any clear glass that works - plexiglass will work too. It's surface softer, but works for the purpose, cheap, easy to work with.
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Plexiglass. Look for a plastics supplier and they can provide customer material and cutting. Else Home Depot or other may have sheets you can work with yourself.
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I would use a polycarbonate such as LEXAN rather then common glass or plexiglass. Polycarbonate is many times stronger then then either glass or plexi, wont get brittle nor yellow as fast as the plexi plus that unexpected break if glass wont scatter jagged and dangerous pieces down the highway. It is more expensive for sure but the pluses make it attractive.

Oh and most big glass shops can supply tempered or even laminated safety glass but at a pretty high cost.
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Hi, I bought a solar panel and the glass on it was broken when delivered. I got my money back.
I thought maybe I can fix it, get tempered glass and rebuild it, but where would I get the glass? The panel works ok.
Anny thoughts if this will work?
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most big glass shops can supply tempered or even laminated safety glass but at a pretty high cost.
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To find a local tempered glass source Google "temperd glass near XXX" (your location).

In 2010 I bought a piece of custom made tempered glass to fit my entry door for $32 from Old Castle.
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