The first thing I did today was to continue the work of yesterday. After spending an age drilling holes in the second aluminium angle strip, I drilled one hole each into the solar panel mounts. I would have put three holes and three rivets per panel but I'm not yet certain that everything will be square. Better to have three holes and then there's flexibility in the system.
I'm still no closer to finding out what the solvent smell in the bus cockpit is. There's nothing in there that could possibly have tipped over. There's nothing inside the rest of the bus that's obviously spilt either. It's rather much of a mystery right now.
You're absolutely right about my not doing too much at the weekends. The problem is I need to rest at the weekends. My work week is crazy. Until Tuesday this week coming, I will have been driving schoolbusses from...
5:45am - 8am
9:15am - 10am
10:45am - 11:30am
1:45pm - 4:45pm
From Tuesday I'll have two extra runs...
8:00am - 9:00am
10:00am - 10:45am
Basically, aside from dropping my aide at 8am, I'll be on the road constantly from 5:45am til 11:30am. That's 6 hours of solid driving! Thank heavens for my long lunchbreak. It all takes a toll so for me, not doing anything and not driving on the weekend is luxury. I am afraid to say I just veg as much as possible.
Next weekend, assuming the weather is fine, should see the new panels finally installed. I might (being anal) test them again before installation. It will be interesting to see how the system works with just the installed panels. That'll be a grand total of 50W. I have a further 115W of extra panels.
There's a lot of talk about solar panels being only any good if you have them flat or aimed straight at the sun. That's a load of bunk in my experience. I can get plenty out of my vertically inclined panels. The only reason I have portable panels on the end of a cable is so that I can place them in optimum sunlight when the vehicle is in shade. That and I feel I might well end up powering my extraction fans exclusively from solar power and bypassing the battery.
When I was up on the hood measuring, I found the panel to which I will be fastening the solar panels is not actually flat. It's flat in the horizontal but slightly curved in the vertical. I will have to see how that affects or not, installing my new panels.