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    Double duty pole barn - solar tractor shed

    Here are some pics of the small pole barn I built this summer. I needed a structure to mount my solar collectors, and I always need more storage space, so I decided to build a custom pole barn. It's 15' x 24' with 8' walls. The roof trusses are designed to fit 16 3'x8' solar thermal collectors at the optimum winter angle.

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    Building the trusses.
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    Setting the trusses.
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    Ready for siding.
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    Very nice!
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    Pretty nice. When you installing the panels? What's your location?
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    I'm in eastern PA. I was hoping to get the solar collectors up before winter just so they are not taking up space in the garage, but I'm not sure I'll get around to it until spring. There will be a 750 gallon water storage tank inside the shed, as well as all the pumps and controls. Hopefully there will be enough room left for my 4120 and 345.

    Here's a few more pics with the siding on.
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    Very professional looking. Can you explain how the blocks are held in place that are holding you on the roof?
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    Thumbs up Looks very professional!

    Very very interesting. So you are going after the solar water heating setup rather than solar electric? (The 750 gallon tank was my first hint.) I can't wait to see the finished results!



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    That's a friend of mine climbing the blocks, I was safely on the ground taking pictures. He's like a monkey, no fear of heights at all. When we put the roof on we didn't have the 32' ladder to reach the top. Each one of those blocks was screwed in with one 3" deck screw! On the way down he removed the blocks and filled the holes with the correct screws. Looking back on it we should have waited for a ladder, but I guess we just wanted to get the job done. The hardest part was putting the roof panels on the back side of the front roof. That lip sticks up 6' past the peak. We built a small wood scaffold off of the rear roof purlins, but it was still quite a reach.

    The system will supplement the radiant floor heating in my home. Water in the 750 gallon storage tank is heated when the sun is shining. The heating system controller monitors the tank temp, if temp is sufficient to meet the current heating load it pulls heat out of the storage tank (through a heat exchanger) and pumps it through the floor. If not sufficient it switches back to the oil fired boiler.

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    That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing your project!


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    More progress

    Wifey wanted goats, so I put the solar project on hold for a while. I added 12' to the lower end of the building, half for the goat stall and the other half to store their food and supplies. Same construction as before, but rafters instead of trusses. Because of the slope here there is a 3' drop to the floor level of the new addition. I poured a concrete retaining wall on what will be the interior of the building, and built stone walls on the outside.
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    Next job was fencing. The fence is probably over-built for two little dwarf goats, but they say if a fence can't hold water it won't hold goats. They also say the grass is always greener on the other side, now I know why. Maxed out the 400CX building Goat Mountain.
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