Solar Blanket

Submitted: Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 15:58
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Hi all,

I have been toying with the idea of making my own solar blanket for my CT, I don't like the price being quoted by manufacturers for theirs.

My plan is to use Air Cell Glare Shield from Bunnings, basically it is two sheets of reflective foil with a layer of air cells in between the foil, I think it is used for some sort of insulation in wall cavities.

My question is, will the continual folding and unfolding of the Glare Shield degrade it in any way? I plan to leave it attached to the CT roof permanently

Has any one else used this material?


Regards

Barry H
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 08:57

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 08:57
Barry,

We have this stuff under the roofing iron on couple of verandahs and a carport. Works well.

As for continual folding/unfolding, I'd suggest it might eventually wear on the fold lines. Would you be able to roll it up, instead of folding? Otherwise it seems pretty robust.

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Reply By: John and Regina M - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 14:10

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 14:10
It is fragile, designed for installation behind walls, under roofs etc.
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 17:22

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 17:22
We bought one when we got our CT and although we are yet to use ours, I think it is money well spent, going by others who have used them.
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 11:11

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 11:11
Read his post again.
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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 11:47

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 11:47
Why do I need to read his post again? I read it just fine the first time.

He wants to make one, it was mentioned that the material may fail while being folded all the time. You mentioned the material he wanted to use maybe too fragile.
I posted suggesting that he may be better off buying one. The reason being, although they can be a little exp, they are made to last and he should get many years out of it.

So, is that ok by you Mr internet policeman?
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 16:08

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 16:08
Where do u suggest he get one?

And whilst you mention u have brought one, where have u suggested buying one is a good idea based on your (non) experience?

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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 17:50

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 17:50
Why don't you climb back under your rock, you are criticizing my post when you yourself have not even bothered to contribute to this thread.

I really don't have to justify my post to you, but I will anyway, just to keep you happy, then you can piss off and go troll some where else.

I did state that we had one and yes I also stated that we had not used it as yet. I have it and am able to tell from the construction/thickness etc that it would last quite some time.

I also stated that BASED ON OTHERS WHO HAVE USED THEM. There are plenty of people that have purchased these as well and have nothing but good things to say about them. They like myself think it is money well spent.

I really don't care what the OP does, it is his/her choice, I am just passing on some info about the store bought products.


So why not climb off your high horse
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Follow Up By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 18:11

Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 18:11
Oh dear, I thought I had contributed to answering his question. Silly me.

You on the other hand have contributed zip, nudda, nil, nothing, sweet bugger all.

Mr Grumpy or what......?
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Follow Up By: Adam H - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 23:49

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 23:49
Hi Barry

sounds like a great idea how will you put the eyelets into it? so you can secure it to the roof or do you have another idea. i too would like to get a solar blanket but the cost is stopping me, let us know how you get on if you do it cheers.
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