Windstorms cause property damage…

And we had a masterpiece of a windstorm yesterday.

Seen while on today’s walky…


I know what we’re doing this weekend.

I worried about that when it was put up, but it was 3.5 years ago and before yesterday it was fine. Should have gone ahead with those rear braces.

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7 Responses to Windstorms cause property damage…

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow! You really did have some wind.

  2. The Neon Madman says:

    Those posts weren’t very deep in the ground. Up here in the frozen tundra, code is 4 feet. If the ground was already soft from rain, no wonder they pulled out.

  3. Wayne Dygert says:

    Hopefully the panels are undamaged. That’s a lot of sail area.

  4. RCPete says:

    I had to get county approval for my solar array and engineering signoff. Local requirements say it has to survive 105 mph winds, though I’ve seen 55-65 so far. With our pumice & clay soil (heavy on the pumice) and the 40 degree tilt, the design came out to 12″ diameter post holes, 8′ (!) deep.

    That needed a bobcat/auger with a hell of an extension. It also meant a full truckload of concrete. I had a contractor do the holes and set the poles (3″ pipe), and did the rest myself.

    If somebody could get in there with a tractor mounted auger, you could get 3′ holes or a bit more. Probably not to code, but it’d be better.

  5. Joel says:

    Better than what’s there, for sure. I can’t do 3’ post holes but I can drive a bunch of rebar into the ground before the new pours. And this time there will be rear braces.

  6. Brian says:

    These your panels, Joel?

  7. Joel says:

    Like I’d have anything that nice. 🙂

    No, those belong to Landlady.

To the stake with the heretic!