How to Make Fake Homemade Solar Panels

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Solar panels provide electricity to a home even if the electrical power has been cut off. Fool an intruder who is looking to cut your home’s electric power to disable your home’s security system prior to invading the premises by placing a fake solar panel in plain sight on your roof. This will make the intruder think you have a battery backup system powered by the panel that will power the security system if necessary. The fake solar panel can be constructed from a few supplies found at a hardware store, using tools common to the house. No wiring is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Plexiglass, 20-by-5-feet
  • Black matt spray paint
  • Model brush
  • White paint
  • Portable drill, 1/4th-inch drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • 2 stainless steel lag bolts, 10 inches
  • 2 lug nuts
  • Bonding glue
  • 2 short mount poles
  • Pliers
  • 2 metal rails
  • Power drill, Phillips-head tip

Purchase a pre-cut rectangle of plexiglass. Place the rectangle on a work surface. Shake the can of black matt spray for five seconds. Spray the rectangle with the paint spray to alter the reflective qualities of the plexiglass so it will appear more like that of a solar panel. Let the paint dry for a day before continuing.

Look at a picture of a solar panel to see the kind of pattern that is typically on its surface. Draw a similar pattern on one side of the plexiglass using a model paint brush dipped in white paint. Let the paint dry for a day before continuing.

Go to the attic. Drill a hole between two rafters to one side of the peak in the ceiling with a portable drill. Measure 10 feet to the right of the first hole. Drill another hole. Place a stainless steel lag bolt through each of the holes. Apply silicone paste around each of the holes.

Go to the roof. Place the exposed end of each bolt through the bottom hole of a short mounting pole. Screw a nut onto the end of the bolt to secure it to the mount from the inside. Tighten the nut with a pliers. Place bonding glue around the mount where it meets the roof. Let the bonding glue set for 24 hours before continuing.

Place bonding glue on the top of the mounts. Place a metal rail that is the same length of the plexiglass on top of each mount, parallel to the other. Let the bonding glue set for a day before continuing.

Place the plexiglass, pattern side up, on top of the rails so that the left and right sides of the plexiglass line up with the rails. Screw metal screws through the plexiglass and into the holes in the rails on each side, two or three screws per side, using a power drill with a Phillips-head tip.

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