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Old 3/11/18, 4:22 PM
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There is good training here in Florida.

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Old 3/12/18, 3:46 PM
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There is good training here in Florida.

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Old 3/13/18, 6:38 AM
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Nice video Frank. Thanks.

I inspect roofs, whenever possible, but have yet to inspect a roofing system with a solar system installed. When I do, I will be sure to remember your astute advice and pay particular attention to solar base attachments, fasteners, points of contact, sealing/flashing, penetrations and/or protrusions, pots, crubs, and overall wear, under and surrounding the solar panel installation.



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Old 6/10/18, 2:07 AM
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Nope. And I would think if you do it you need some significant training on the electrical components. If I did it, I would charge way extra for the extra liability.
Bingo! To fully inspect a PV system, you need to confirm proper wire gauges, conduit conditions, lightning arresting system, and quite a bit more.

Without quite a bit of specialist training, you're better off inspecting the stand-off penetrations where they penetrate the roof and disclaiming the rest.



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Old 6/10/18, 3:44 AM
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Old 6/10/18, 8:10 AM
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There is good training here in Florida.

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Old 6/10/18, 9:02 AM
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Thank for the information and updates Frank, Kenton and Roy.
Man, you guys are the best!



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Old 6/10/18, 10:08 AM
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I presently inspect it as part of the roof system. It's disclaimed on my agreement but I do look for water penetrations and poor fastening and common electrical tie-ins. But I definitely wouldn't consider it a 'thorough' solar inspection.

I think I'm going to drive down to Ian and have him teach me.



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Old 6/10/18, 10:32 AM
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I think I'm going to drive down to Ian and have him teach me.

Good for you It is the future and you could be Far ahead of many others . All the best Roy
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Old 6/12/18, 11:12 AM
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Nope ..... Not enough around my area to take the time to get good on them.


Have not seen one in 4 years or so.



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Old 7/16/18, 2:09 AM
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we do and can offer much more indeprh reports on PV systems than just about anyone ( between thermography and a background in designing and installing them)
That's what an inspector needs to fully inspect them... strong familiarity with these specialized electrical systems. Proper wire gauges, conduit materials, and a lot more.
Most inspectors can adequately inspect the standoff penetrations and confirm the presence of a lightning arrestor system and a lockout mechanism for the main disconnect, but it's important to know your limits. If you don't even know what there is to learn about inspecting PV, disclaim it!



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