Ok, something different from all the JJ madness. Some know that I work for SolarCity and today we started a rather challenging install in Los Angeles (near Silver Lake) and I started taking pics for my own records. Each day I'll post new pics of where we're at in this job. There are three guys in all our crews. I'm the Senior Installer on the crew. I have a Lead Installer above me and a Junior Installer who is two steps below me. It becomes my responsibility to train the Junior on a lot of the processes.
B/c this is a relatively flat roof and not a comp shingle roof, the whole process is a lot more detailed. We make A LOT of penetrations into the roof and all of those need to be weather tight by the end of the job.
The bigger boxes on the left are the two part circles that enclose the posts that we lag into the roof. The smaller white boxes have the sealant that we pour into the circles. On the right is all the hardware and our tools and such.
This pic is looking south. The home owner was the architect of the house. The part of the roof that I'm taking the pic from has about a 5 degree pitch towards the south. The far part of the roof is about a 4 degree pitch towards the north.
Not a bad view!
This standoffs are lagged into the rafters of the roof. They are not straight onto the snapped line b/c the rafters don't run that direction and there are several structure changes.
Here, the circular base is sealed w/ M-1 Sealant. Its on the bottom and the joint and a bead around the outside.
To fill in the base we have small bladders of this sealant that is squeezed into it. It hardens after a few hours and now all the penetrations are sealed water tight.
This array is now completely done and sealed and ready for the rails that we do our wiring on and ultimately where the modules will lay.
The other side of the roof is a totally different process b/c of its tilt. It's tilted the wrong way. B/c of the sun's path in the sky we need to create a pipe rack structure to get the desired pitch.
I'll update more pics as the job goes on. Some of you probably don't about all this. But I hope a few of you enjoy it. I truly enjoy the hell out of my job and enjoy talking about it.
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If any of you are interested in getting solar on your house or have questions, please don't hesitate to PM. I love talking about this stuff.