Thursday, September 07, 2006


We've started applying the Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to our timber frame. Because we had to wait so long on the panels and our frame was exposed to the elements, I decided to start roofing the house many weeks ago. Typically, this is not the order in which things should occur. I knew that the roof overhang would make it difficult for us to apply the SIPs later, but I felt like I had no other choice. Now we are "paying the price" for putting things out of order. In the first picture, we've passed the crane cables through the roof in order to rig one of the panels for lifting into place. (lucky for us there's only a roof frame here.)

In the second picture, you can see the delicate balancing act we're having to play with the panels and crane rigging in order to not tear off the slate roof that's already on the house. Just after this picture was taken, we had to remove the crane rigging from the SIP and finish placing this SIP by hand. Fortunately, not all of our house has been roofed. After we get these difficult panels placed, things should go quicker where there is no roof overhang to interfere with the crane operation.


Anonymous Shawn said...

Hello Thomas. There's always some interesting twist with your "project"!

Can you share more info about your PV selection such as why and what type of PV did you select, how much of your needed energy requirement will the panels supply, the cost, can weather such as hail damage the panels, etc?

September 7, 2006 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger oldmilwaukee said...


I promise to do at least one entry on the solar array as soon as we start installing it. I have been told by Affordable Solar (the folks who sold me the solar stuff) that my panels have shipped! They have a web site that you can peruse. I am using the Sharp 208 Watt panels that they sell. The house will be off-grid, so the panels will supply 100% of my electrical energy.

September 8, 2006 at 3:45 PM  

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