Monday, August 5, 2013
Lowering Mast with Solar Panels
As I was lowering the mast it became clear the spreaders wanted to pass through the solar panels. This was a problem.
I detached the spreader (one bolt) and lowered some more. Then the mast was about to hit the solar panels. So I moved all the solar panels back as far as I could without hitting the mast support. Then I was able to lower the mast onto the mast support without the mast hitting the panels. In this picture it looks like I have a good inch to spare, but the mast jack is still lifting on the mast. After it is removed there was only about a half inch. That is cutting it close.
Then moved the mast forward onto its stand and reattached the spreader. This means I will always have to undo the bolt for the spreader, but this is not too bad. It could have been worse.