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Nowdays most are nickelmetal hydride (NiMH), which are less toxic than nickelcadmium (NiCad) batteries. Small, portable solar chargers that can charge all the different sizes are available at internet sites that sell solar products (see Resources, p. 152). Charging the larger 6-, 12- and 24-volt batteries used for off-grid and backup power can get a little more complicated, with unique maintenance and use requirements. If you’re interested in setting up an off-grid system, talk to an expert or the people who sell the solar equipment about recommended batteries.
And set it a minimum of 4 ft. down in a 20- to 24"-diameter hole. If the panel is higher than five feet, you’ll need to make the hole 6" deeper for every extra foot of height. Local soil and wind conditions may also necessitate a larger or deeper hole–it’s best to get specific guidelines for your area and panels from your dealer or building inspector. Solar water or hot air collectors can be mounted on pressure-treated posts buried in the ground or attached to post bases, or fastened to steel U-channel supports.
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Chair Caning and Seat Weaving (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-16) by Cathy Baker