Using a Hex Tap Bolt To Secure Solar Panels
Solar panel installation can be straightforward, depending on the design of the system and the fasteners used. Quality fasteners in the proper size and strength will allow you to stand behind every solar panel installation you tackle. A hex tap bolt provides the strength and flexibility necessary for many elements of a solar PV system, including tracking mirrors and side pole mounting configurations.
Why Use Hex Tap Bolts
This fastener is commonly used in boat building and on various exterior structures like decks, fences, sheds, shelters and docks. The shaft of a hex tap bolt is fully threaded for complete engagement, and the head is trimmed without a flange face.
Hex tap bolts are installed through a tapped hole and can stand alone without the use of a nut or washer. Use flat washers and hex nuts to secure this fastener in applications where these components are necessary.
Solar Panel Applications
In side pole mounting, sometimes called vertical pole mounting, the framed solar panels are secured to the sides of a pole. Wood poles are often used, and in some cases a PV panel system may share space with telephone or cable lines on a typical utility pole.
Hex tap bolts work very well with wood poles, whether securing the panels or mounting tracking mirrors and other system accessories. Hex tap bolts are reliable, quickly installed and affordable, all benefits that appeal to those involved in the solar panel industry. These fasteners can be used with metal poles as well, using a hex nut to secure the joint.
Contractors and installers need to be sure the PV panels are mounted correctly, using fasteners that can withstand the elements for years. A hex tap bolt in medium strength carbon steel should do the trick, although bumping up a higher grade may be wise.
Ground mounted solar panel configurations also require hex tap bolts, both in the wooden framing and to secure accessories like trackers. Choose a brand that provides protection from the elements. The hex tap bolt is commonly used in a variety of exterior projects, including side pole mounted solar panel systems, ground mounted panels and within other solar PV systems.
About the Author
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.