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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

My solar panels are mounted on stainless tubing between two stanchion posts. When I tipped them up, I've been hanging them up with a line tied to my bimini frame, but I wanted to support the outside edge with a pole. The easiest thing to do was to attach a bimini pole end receiver on to my toe rail, but my toe rail is teak with a curved top and I didn't want to have to cut a flat groove in the top of the toe rail and I figured the metal piece would be a toe stubber and a knuckle buster.

So I whittled down a UHMW block with my table saw and router to make a pole receiver on the toe rail and then used a collapsible piece of stainless tubing to pole out my solar panels at a 45 deg angle and horizontal. I got the tubing and the tubing ends used for a good price, $14. The UHMW was some stuff I had in the garage for another project. So far so good.



S.V. Nikko
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La Conner, WA

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