Solar Power Tool Shed Set Up

This is the toolshed I have in my backyard and what I did is I set it up with solar power so that I can use lights and plug in small appliances without having to hook up an entire electric line to the shed.

The panel is mounted to a 2-inch diameter conduit, pipe that I dug three feet under the ground. Consider my hole. I just used a post hole digger and kept at it for a few hours. Until I got three feet deep.

The post itself is a 10 foot. Long 2 inch in diameter conduit pipe so once I stuck it into the ground with the hole fully dug, I took a look at how much I wanted to cut off the top so that it would even out a general rule of thumb.

Is that you want at least 50 % of the pole to the underground, so once I’ve decided where to make my cut, I just took a hacksaw and cut it down to the size I wanted. Next, I put the pole inside the hole.

Make sure it’s level and once it’s about where I want to, I can sort of prop it with some boards and then place a little bit of gravel at the bottom of the hole after I got gravel at the Bottom, I’m, going to pour in a bunch of concrete and I’m just going to mix the concrete inside the hole it’s dry right now.

I’ll, add some water and then mix it all up before the concrete sets. You’re, going to want to make sure the pole is level again and once you have confirmed that it’s level place a few boards around it to make sure it doesn’t slide, while the concrete is setting Once the concrete is set feel free to top off the hole with gravel or dirt now to attach the solar panel to the pole, I use the satellite dish mount and yoonah strut rails.

So you know strut rails at my hardware, store come in tents with lengths, so I’ve got one 10-foot length and then cut it down into four pieces to across the satellite mount and then to across the solar panel and then mount those two Together and to help mount everything together, you can use these spring bolts spring bolts just pop inside, so you know strut.

Now my unionist rut is little thin, so I cut down my string bolt so they would fit inside and then once the spring bolts locked in, like they do right here, we can bolt it in for that added stability after I use the spring bolts to help Attach the unit strut to the solar panel in the new strut to the satellite mount, I can use the spring bolts again to attach all the unit strut to each other.

Now before we attach the solar panel to the conduit hole, we want to wire everything up. So I took these solar panel extenders and then wire them inside some PVC pipe and then up into the shed once the solar panel.

Extender cables are wired, we can go ahead and take our solar panel and place it down and assuming you’re living in the northern hemisphere. You want to place your solar panel to the south for the best results solar panel and the extender wires.

Clip into each other very simply, and as I mentioned earlier, the extender cables go around and up into my shed on the inside they come on in and then they attach into my charge. Controller. Also attached to my charge, controller are two wires that lead directly down to my battery and attach to the lead-acid deep-cycle battery is my power inverter, which will run AC power off of standard outlets.

So if I flip the switch on, I can get some AC power out as well now also attached to my power. Inverter is a cable that connects a 12-volt DC power into a switch which right now is off, but the switch leads to two sets of LED lights.

When I turn the switch on they come on, and this comes in very handy at night, you