DIY Solar Powered Water Heater - DIY SOLAR POWER

DIY Solar Powered Water Heater

The video at the bottom of this page has the full detailed plans for the DIY Solar Powered Water Heater. Below you'll find an overiew of the steps involved and the materials needed.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Use an old hot water tank as the new tank to store the water.

Prepare the old tank

Prepare the old tank

Step 2: Choose a piece of glass to use and prepare it to fit in the frame.

Prepare your glass for the frame

Prepare your glass for the frame

Step 3: Build an aluminum frame around your glass and be sure to include a rubber gasket around the glass.

Build an aluminum frame around the glass

Build an aluminum frame around the glass

Step 4: Build the sides of the frame with 2x4's.

Construct the sides of the frame

Construct the sides of the frame

Step 5: Cap the ends of each side of the frame with beadboard.

Add beadboard to each end of the frame

Add beadboard to each end of the frame

Step 6: Build the rest of the frame and connect both sides. Build the front and cap it with beadboard.

Build out the rest of the frame

Build out the rest of the frame

Step 7: Build the inner-frame at an angle where the tank can rest.

Build the inner-frame

Build the inner-frame

Step 8: Add the back to the inner-frame.

Add back to inner-frame

Add back to inner-frame

Step 9: Add insulation to the inner-frame and attach with staples.

Add insulation

Add insulation

Step 10: Use galvanized roofing material for the inner lining of the frame.

Attach the inner lining

Attach the inner lining

Step 11: Spray paint the entire interior of the frame black and insert the tank. The tank can rest on a latch but should be secured with a strap.

Spray interior and add tank

Spray interior and add tank

Step 12: Attach your aluminum frame with glass insert.

Attach aluminum frame and glass insert

Attach aluminum frame and glass insert

Step 13: Connect the plumbing (see video below for full instructions).

Watch the video below for a full detailed explanation of this project...

Sources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZxBQRyfKzo