Tools & Materials List
When gathering your tools and materials at the big box stores, grab one of these lumber carts (pictured below) with the upright lumber-supporting rails and you’ll be able to get all of these items out the door in one load. Pull your car up to the store and usually you can get an employee to assist you in securing it to your vehicle.
At least  Ratchet Straps for transporting materials and for using for the build. Grab these fist so you don't end up at checkout without them.
This next section starts with Amazon links.
Big box store items are toward the bottom of the list.
Let's start with the screws: You only need only two sizes. One of these sizes you'll only need 4 screws but grab a few more just in case.
 roll Aluminum Tape for sealing the TOP end of the Polycarbonate for keeping the inner "flutes/channels/chambers" of the polycarbonate panels free of debris.
Also used for taping the fan to the ductwork, making your window inserts, sealing up other windows, etc.
 tubes High Temperature 100% Silicone Caulk
The video shows me cutting tabs on the inlet and outlet tubes to screw into, but with this style, you don't need to cut tabs.
Purify the air as it is heated inside the duct tube with a UV-C Bulb (Optional)
 10' lengths Galvanized Drip Edge for your interior baffles.
This is the same shape and dimensions as the above porcelain enamel coated pieces.
If galvanized is not available, you can use the same porcelain coated pieces used for the exterior flashing. Either works great.
Model Number: W-N5075 Menards® SKU: 1631203
The Fan & Automatic Controller
Order yours asap as these go out of stock.
Do not purchase inline ducts with an integrated fan, as high temps will damage the fan motor. Pushing the air with the AC Infinity CLOUDLINE S6 Fan pictured above is the best way to automate your system.
AC Infinity 4" Backdraft Damper, One-Way Airflow Ducting Insert with Spring-Loaded Folding Blades for 4” Ducting
You'll need one 6" to 4" Reducer between the 6" Fan outlet and backflow preventer and 4" flexible duct running cool air to the unit.
Unistrut (heavier duty)
Mounting Frame Material Choice #1
Unistrut (Extra heavy duty) Unistrut is used for superior wind resistance. If you're in a high wind area, this may be a better choice. Below this Unistrut section, you'll find an alternate lighter slotted steel angle, Choice #2 that also works great for a mounting frame.
Square washers (if using Unistrut for your mounting frame)
L shaped brackets.
Here’s the 45 Degree angles brackets
Unistrut 1/2 inch Bolts
Unistrut spring nuts 1/2 inch
1/2 inch zinc washers
To cut the angles to length, you can use a jigsaw with a steel cutting blade (likely the less dangerous tool) or if you're set up and experienced with working with steel, you can use your chop saw, sawzall, or my choice, an angle grinder with metal cut-off wheel. I strongly advise using a protective apron and full face shield as grinders and cut-off wheels can shatter at high speeds!
I made all my cuts with a hand-held jigsaw.
Ear protection is also a must.
For assembling the pictured mounting frame (pictured above) with this material, you'll need the following hardware:
 3/8"Flat washers
 3/8" split lock washers
 3/8" -16 nuts
Bags come with approximately 70 pieces.
Note: Often, bolts must be "forced" a bit through the holes by first placing bolts heads in your socket wrench and then starting each bolt by pressing and turning with your wrench.
To anchor your frame down to the ground, you can use Ground Anchors. Remember, your soil condition plays a big part in how secure your system is grounded.
(You can also purchase 4 additional slotted steel angles or Unistrut tubes and drive these into the ground adjacent to the frame's legs. Then bolt the frame to these anchors). Ensure you've driven these deep enough.
Be sure to check first for underground utilities before driving anchors!
Ground Anchors with Hexagonal Head, CKE [Patent Design] Upgraded 8 Pack 15" 10mm Diameter, Heavy Duty Anchor Hook for Camping Tent, Canopies, Car Ports, Sheds, Swing Sets – Black Powder Coated. These can be driven into the ground with your screw gun.
This frame stand easily folds down for summer storage. Use the heaviest gage you can for a solid mount. This assembly was light enough for two people to easily fold down and carry to its location. Because mounting methods may vary a lot, I have not gone into great detail of this particular frame but you can see it is very simple. Each of the four points locations that connect it to the solar unit can pivot and fold down. Then it's just two bolts to attach to the lower rectangular base to achieve the correct sun angle.
T Bracket Plate (with 3 large holes (see below) for 3/8" bolts, may be drilled if you need to) bend at a 90 degree angle for mounting frame to unit. Don't get too heavy of a gage that you cannot bend.
Safety Glasses Wear them throughout the build.
Full Face Shield
Note: Only needed if you're using a high speed grinder or saw (these tools not advised or needed!) for making your steel mounting frame. I am strongly advising that you do not use high speed cut off wheels, saws, or grinders for this project as these tools are extremely dangerous, and accidents have been fatal even for professionals. Cut off wheels EXPLODE with no warning! If you are a professional with using such tools, of course follow your training and use safety gear.
I will not post the more extreme images here of injuries/fatalities from grinder wheels. You may do that on your own. I myself was severely injured from a shattered grinder wheel explosion and nearly lost my two fingers (my hand pictured below). This happened to me, a professional with literally thousands of hours using grinders! Let's stay safe and happily build this thing.
For more detailed information on grinder safety, refer to the following,
Warning, graphic content! https://www.advancedsafetytraining.com/courses/grinder-safety/lessons/grinding-wheel-hazards/2/
Safety glasses are not sufficient for using grinders and high speed cut-off wheels! Severe facial injury and fatalities have happened.
A much safer jigsaw or hacksaw can be used as there are not many cuts needed anyway (with safety glasses as always).
Angle grinders are dangerous!
BLACK+DECKER Jig Saw, Smart Select, 5.0-Amp (BDEJS600C)
Only needed if you're making a steel frame mount.
Regular Vise Grip (not needed if locking hand seamers above are chosen)
Respirator: DO NOT SKIP WEARING AN APPROVED RESPIRATOR. If you can smell it, you are breathing it. This is a highly rated and affordable model.
Pliers are needed for the crimping the corners of the steel stud frame. Your vise grip or a hammer can also accomplish this task. A regular set of pliers is perfect for crimping the corners of the steel studs.
Caulking gun Best Seller at time of posting.
Sharp razor knife with an extra blade or two. Here’s mine.
Chalkline is helpful but not absolutely necessary. You can use the drip edge flashing material for your straight edge.
Tiner Shears/Snips Right or left handed (get the right one for you!). You’ll have a choice to buy one that cuts left, right and straight. It’s better to have a right or left handed for tighter curves. Choices are on Amazon.
2" Phillips drill bit Purchase the correct number for your screws.
Several pairs of rubber gloves for caulking/painting
Pair cut-resistant grippy gloves These have been my favorite work gloves for many years.
Corded or battery-operated drill to drive pilot holes and drive the screws. I have this one and love it for the price.
Hammer of any kind should do for tapping things into place.
 End caps for capping inlet and outlet ducts to ensure your heater stays free of rodents and insects when stored off season.
Tape Measure I prefer the super easy to use Lever Lock style by Stanley. Squeeze the lever to pull out the tape and simply release to hold the tape at that length. So much easier than the thumb lever styles. Other lengths are available.
Seal your windows with 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, Window Insulation Film for Heat and Cold
If you haven't done this before, it's easy and you'll be absolutely amazed at the amount of heat that is lost through your windows, even new high performance windows.
Apply to all your windows. Then, on a very cold day, peel back just a tiny corner of the film and feel the freezing cold air rush through. This stuff is a must if you're serious about heating or cooling. There are many sizes available for windows and patio doors.
Seal up drafty doors! This is an Amazon Best Seller.
That's the end of our Tools and Materials List!
I appreciate you purchasing through my links as this allows for me to benefit something for this project and to allow me to further improve it.
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