18 July 2016
Today´s plan is to start building the structure of the canopy holding up the solar panel
There was no defined plan to this stage and I sort of worked on the go trying to adapt the structure
- Plan 1- (using materials I had at home)
- Manually sawed circular metal poles (2x7cm 2x27cm lengths)
- Covered bike pole in tape to thicken its structure
- Attached small metal poles to front of bike using silver tape
Problems: only had 1 long pole (old swimming poll cleaning appliance part and front small poles wobbled, not remaining fixed in place. Discard poles, unmount structure, and look for alternative method.
- Plan 2- (going to Leroy Merlin and buying extra pieces)
- Manually sawed U-shaped aluminium poles (2x60cm lengths)
- Manually sawed L-shaped aluminium poles (2x170cm lengths)
- Manually sawed circular metal pole (6cm length)
- Manually sanded down aluminium pole slimming it down for it to fit into the holder
- Manually sanded circular metal pole to fit into gap
- Drilled central and lateral holes into aluminium poles
- Mounted structure and fitted screw through
- Joined 8 tent poles on each 2 sides to make canopy to support solar panel and fed string through to give more support
- Fed string through tent poles (very fiddly, strings came out of poles towards the end in several occasions)
- Mounted joined tent poles onto built structure and crossed over at the top
Problems: canopy very wobbly because of wobbly tent poles on base. Crossed pole structure unstable.
- Removed 1 pole from each side
- Uncrossed poles for canopy
- Cut out and sanded wooden blocks fitting them into canopy bases (1.6x1.8cm)
- Drilled holes in wooden blocks for poles to be pushed in
Problems: canopy still very unstable due to torsion of L-poles alongside bike.
Tonight we took the bike out for a ride again. After making some concerning sounds the motor on the wheel shut down. We had to push it back home and have decided to leave it until tomorrow morning. Hopefully it won´t be a major problem.