• I love your chicken coop. I was wondering how it has worked out for you? I promised my nephew a chicken coop as a house warming gift in December. Do you think it possible to make it with a small car port? No storage just the coop and some covered run. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful project. Jeanette Neagu
    By jgvneagu, on February 21, 2018
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  • can I get more info on foundation? Looks a little shaky.
    By BuckJr, on May 11, 2013

  • Solid half Blocks sitting on a small slabs of cement. Then I leveled and set the 4 x 4's on them. Had to sister 2- 8 ft 4 x 4's to get my 16ft. No one carries a 16 ft 4 x 4, Lumber Store said it was to long and warps to easy.. So I have 3 slabs under each 4 x 4. (front ,Center and rear)
    By Jammy, on May 12, 2013
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  • Very interesting project. What was your inspiration?
    By Nic7117, on June 3, 2013

  • Very cool ! this is something i would like to build, and i have the perfect place to build it.
    By swcharger, on June 10, 2013
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  • This looks awesome! The cost savings alone make me wish I was living in my own home! Where did you get the panels from?
    By jcolbert, on April 26, 2013

  • 5 stages - 5 different online stores - prices flucuate but some places offer unbelievable deals if you can catch them. Homes loans cant get any lower - jump in!!
    By Colin, on April 26, 2013

  • Good thing about going solar - you find that all the yard tools gradually go from gas to battery, I am even eyeing my gas mower now that there is a battery powered one.
    By Colin, on April 26, 2013

  • Colin you are brilliant. Thanks for sharing and leading by example. We have been wanting to do something like this for years. Great to see it in reality and the results you are getting
    By thorpedo, on April 28, 2013

  • I have always been interested in going solar or wind energy. I've always thought that solar would be 2 fold...1 replace electric & 2 provide some shade from the sun beating directly down on the shingles. I just don't know that much about the wattage on the panels and where and how to install them.
    By Jac_of_all, on May 1, 2013

  • I would love to save money in anyway possible. The solar panels would be a fantastic way to save!!
    By gmb, on May 4, 2013

  • I would have liked to do a project like this myself, but I lacked the know how and required licenses to do it so I had Solar City install mine for FREE and a 20 year lease that is lower than utility rates with NO increases ever! They have a tremendous track record and professional staff to handle all the aspects of the project. Email me for more info and a money saving referral. solarnow at
    By larryp40, on May 4, 2013

  • Looks great! Must have been hot up there during the install. Might I suggest that next time you try a Ryobi 18v li-ion Impact Driver for driving in the lag screws? A beautiful tool for driving in most any type of screw fastener using the proper bit. Once you try one, you'll never grab a drill again unless you need a pilot hole!
    By Rusty Trombone, on May 4, 2013

  • Colin, that was a really impressive project, and the information you shared was about it was fantastic. I hope that more people will be inspired by your efforts, and will install their own solar systems. I has to pass the Link to your WEB sight on to friends to read about. Great job, enjoyed reading about all the details you provided. (retired engineer) BC
    By Bob_C, on May 4, 2013

  • Thanks, There has been 1 install I can say was done partly because the steps listed on the web site cleared up some questions - and at least another 3 people from work have expressed interest. I had my grounding questions answered from another self-installer's web site - so any little help I can give back. And yes - an impact driver is on the list - those lag bolts wore down a few batteries.
    By Colin, on May 5, 2013
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  • Very impressive thanks for sharing. You are a visionary and an inspiration.
    By thorpedo, on April 28, 2013
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  • Very nice. Go for the Volt - the array on this site by Colin more than powers it - I calculated the 25 Mwh produced so far would run my Volt 62,500 miles!. I love the parabolic setup - always good sun for some of them.
    By Colin, on April 26, 2013

  • Inspirational!
    By Nic7117, on June 3, 2013
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