Installation of a solar heating system from Radiantec Company is not very different from other construction activities. Prior experience with solar heating installation is useful, but not essential. Some experience in the trades of carpentry, roofing, plumbing, copper pipe fitting and electrical work will be useful, but these skills need not be at a high technical level.
Most building contractors or professional trades' people will find that this is just another piece of work. For some, the installation of a solar heating system will make a good do it yourself project.
The following virtues of workmanship are more important than prior solar experience.
- a willingness to read the manual (on the night before the workday)
- a willingness to execute the design.
- a determination to do very high quality work that will last the life of the building
- the selection and use of proper tools
- the allocation of a reasonable amount of time for the work.
- a careful layout of needed materials and tools
- proper assessment of the capabilities and limitations of the workers.
- an 800 number to qualified support.
A solar heating project always generates a high level of worker satisfaction.
Installation packages from Radiantec are very important, particularly for the do it yourselfer. They save money and help get the job done promptly. Much of the work is done in the shop under quality controlled circumstances using the right tools and custom made jigs. Shop work is less expensive than site work and the customer will save the difference. There will be less running around looking for components, and you will get the right parts and not questionable substitutions.
The work will involve connections to the potable water supply. In many jurisdictions the use of a licensed professional plumber will be required for this part of the work. In some jurisdictions, a licensed insured contractor is required. A certified solar installer may be required in order to qualify for certain subsidies and tax credits.
Radiantec installation manuals will help you get an idea of the work. They will help you decide what you can do yourself and what you may want help with. Do not hesitate to contact Radiantec technicians. 800-451-7593
You can access the installation manuals by using the links below. There are useful tips in the Owner's Manual and in the Information Library.