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Old 04-25-2021, 04:45 PM   #1
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Solar cable routing on roof

I have installed a second solar panel and used a 6' cable extension to connect this to the roof prep box (the original panel is directly connected there).

For now I have tied this extension to the panel z-brackets and routed it around the front A/C. For good measure another cable tie to the AC vent slots but that is a bit flabby.

Does that sound sufficient or are ther more solid methods of routing a longer cable on the roof, given the wind while driving and maybe the occasional swipe witch a small tree branch?
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you can strategically place a few pieces of 4" wide Eternabond tape on the wires to hold them in place. Worked for me.
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I have installed a second solar panel and used a 6' cable extension to connect this to the roof prep box (the original panel is directly connected there).

For now I have tied this extension to the panel z-brackets and routed it around the front A/C. For good measure another cable tie to the AC vent slots but that is a bit flabby.

Does that sound sufficient or are ther more solid methods of routing a longer cable on the roof, given the wind while driving and maybe the occasional swipe witch a small tree branch?

If you know you don't want to more the wires in the future, There are some inexpensive zip-tie mounts. Then you can Dicor over the wire and mounts. You can see pictures in one of my posts about my solar install.


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Thanks for the tips! I will check out the zip-tie mounts and get some Eternabond tape for good measure.
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I ended up using a PVC cord cover (or cable raceway). It has a strip of strong adhesive tape for the entire length that holds the cable in place and looks clean. For good measure I smeared a bead of DICOR along the edge and the ends.
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Not "pretty" but I also used eternabond tape in spots to hold mine down.
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If you know you don't want to more the wires in the future, There are some inexpensive zip-tie mounts. Then you can Dicor over the wire and mounts. You can see pictures in one of my posts about my solar install.


https://www.irv2.com/forums/f56/proj...er-529010.html


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The zip tie mounts are a good idea but make sure you get UV resistant ones. Good luck.
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The zip tie mounts are a good idea but make sure you get UV resistant ones. Good luck.

I used the zip tie mounts and zip ties, then I put Dicor over the top of them and the wire. I believe that will remove any issue regarding UV rays on the wires or zip ties/mounts.
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Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
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