Out with the old
Up until today I'd been using two struts to tilt my solar panel. It worked fine, but it meant I had to go back and forth a couple of times whenever I raised or lowered the panel. After installing the new rack I started thinking about ways to make panel raising and lowering easier. The answer was a single center strut, of course. But how, exactly?
In with the new
Long winter nights are made for thinking. I wanted a strut that could pivot in just about any direction. And I wanted to be able to quickly anchor it at the bottom. The solution eventually came to me. I ran it past Lou for a second opinion. It sounded good to him. So off to Herb's Hardware for the bits and pieces.
Push, click, easy as pie (mmmmm, pie)
The old struts are still attached, just in case. Not all of my engineering ideas work out perfectly. But if there's a problem with this one, I can blame Lou for not seeing it beforehand. That's what friends are for.