Pictures of the Thermomax TMS20 collector system being installed.
|Testing a tube on a drizzly, grey overcast, September
(This is England! And isn't it typical.. This is the coldest day (15/9/99) since I starting that temperature logging project in May, and, yes, I do know, winter's on its way, and it will get colder, but it's still bloody typical.)
|Seems to work!|
|Make up a temperature probe carrier...|
|.. that will sit in the manifold. (Not fouling the end evacuated tube!)|
|Manifold and tube.|
|Checking the delivery...|
|Site of The Final Destination. (Roof faces SSE, picture taken 28/8/99 local noon.)|
|Removal of tiles. This is the Planning and seeing what's
there stage. Battens are lifted and the flexible stays are sited over
a rafter. This sites the right-hand runner over a ridge in the tiles.
We will not be so lucky with the left-hand runner. The intended rafter sits under a tile trough - so a 2" sleeper will placed next to that rafter, and the left-hand stays attached to the sleeper.
|Grinding a slot. The stay will now protrude between the tiles without making the tiles sit unevenly.|
|Granny, Auntie Emma, Uncle (Nasty) Nick, Matthew and Elliot, & "Nice Nick". (I'm the one in the blue top sitting on the rug.)|
|Probe in situ. (Note the deliberate error! - The probe should be entering the manifold, not the pipe.)|
|Stop talking and get on with it!|
|The frame bolted down! - After 10 hours work!
The right-hand sits over a rafter and a line of tile ridges - that was easy to line up!
The left-hand rail was more of a problem. This sat over a rafter that did not line up with the tiles' ridge. A cheek extension - a 2" by 3" timber - was attached to the rafter - and the rail attached to the extension. (This involved a morning's time hacking out a noggin, opening up the felt to slide in the new timber, bolting it in, replacing felt....)
|And on the sunniest day in three weeks, the tubes go in!
(2nd October 1999)
|Andrew tries an Arty Shot.. (Whatever, the rafter and rail alignment can be seen. )|
|The first morning's results! The sun hit the panel at 7.30
GMT. Peaked at 11:15 GMT. Rain PM!
The vertical scale is in °C.
Colour code: Coil feed, Coil return, Cylinder
Monthly logs are updated here.
Interior plumbing photos here