For a successful installation of your solar system, you’re going need a couple of tools handy. Here are the tools for solar installations that you should have.
Common Household Tools
This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but important to note. To install your system you’re going to need the basic essentials such as a screwdriver, hammer, pliers, wrenches and tape measure.
Again, a bit of a no-brainer and not exactly a tool, but many people that install solar panels still forget to have the right safety equipment available. For example, if you’re going to be on the roof, you want to make sure you’re protected with a safety harness. Last thing you want is falling off the roof with nothing to break your fall.
Beyond the basic household tools kit, if you’re doing a pitched roof or tilt-leg installation, you’re going to need a cordless drill and impact driver, along with their accessories.
The Prep Work: What Does the Installation Guide Say?
If this is your first solar installation, it’s easier than you think to figure out what other tools you will need. Before getting started, check the installation guides as they will normally list what you must have. For example, UNIRAC lists the type of wrenches and torque needed:
If you look on SolarEdge’s HD-Wave installation guide, you’ll find a full installation equipment list:
• Allen screwdriver for 5mm screw type for the inverter cover and Safety Switch cover
• Allen screwdriver for 5mm screw type for the inverter side screw
• Standard flat-head screwdriver set
• Non-contact voltage detector
• Cordless drill or screwdriver and bits suitable for the surface on which the inverter will be installed and for opening the Safety Switch knockouts
• Suitable hardware for attaching the inverter mounting bracket to the surface to which it will be connected
• 1/4" or 5/16” stainless bolts, nuts, and washers for attaching the power optimizer to the racking (not required for smart modules)
• Wire cutters
• Wire strippers
For installing the communication options, you may also need the following:
• For Ethernet:
- CAT5/6 twisted pair Ethernet cable with RJ45 connector.
- If using a CAT5/6 cable spool: RJ45 plug and RJ45 crimper
• For RS485:
- Four- or six-wire shielded twisted pair cable.
- Watchmaker precision screwdriver set
To summarize, for a successful solar installation you just need:
• Your basic household toolkit (screwdriver, hammer, pliers, wrenches and tape measurer)
• Basic safety gear like safety glasses and specialty gear like a safety harness
• Cordless drill and impact driver
• Anything else listed in the installation manuals