Woo Hoo! I’m finally getting power to the shop.
Georgia Power finally got back with me and they’re telling me it will be OVER $3000 (out of MY pocket) for them to get power to my shop. And that’s doing it with overhead wires.
They want to drop TWO power poles in my yard, one in a direct-line-of-sight to the back corner of the yard, and the other pole will be put right beside my building. The trucks will no doubt do a bunch of damage to my lawn which will be MY responsibility to fix, Plus they will need to butcher my two HUGH pecan trees to run the wires thru them. (Cant have wires touching the trees so they want to “trim” them back 20’ from the wire run on all sides) The wires would run pretty much right thru the center of both trees. He’s also telling me if they do underground, it’ll ”Add CONSIDERABLY to my cost”. I didn’t even bother to ask him to define how much “considerably more” is in actual dollars.
I asked about the possibility of me doing some of the work to save a few bucks (like digging the trench and maybe seeing if I could get the wire cheaper at a local electrical distributor), and he said ”No, if we do the job, we need to do it ALL. Our lawyers wont let the homeowner do part of the job because if something goes wrong, Ga Power would be responsible and blah, blah, blah.”
When I told him I wanted to call a local electrician for a quote, he tried to tell me an electrician would be more expensive than Ga Power, because ”Ga Power is a big conglomerate and we have the means and equipment to do jobs like this blah, blah, blah …” I tell him I’ll call him back when I save some more money up.
So I check with the folks at our church and they give me the number of a local guy who has done work on the church, plus he’s done jobs for several of the folks and they all speak very highly of him. So I make an appointment and when he drives up I swear it was Grizzly Adams (from that old TV show) getting out of the truck!
This guy is a BIG friendly teddy bear of a man. I’m 6’2”, 230lbs, and he made me feel small standing next to him. When he shook my hand I thought I was grabbing a catcher’s mitt!
Amyhoooo, I give him the pencil drawing I did that shows the layout and measurements and we go into the shop so he can see the breaker panel. I ask him to give me 2 quotes. Quote 1. He supplies and does EVERYTHING and the only thing I do is write a check. and Quote 2. I buy the wire and conduit, I dig the trench and lay the wire and he just comes back and hooks up both ends.
2 days later he calls me and says ”Hey Joe, How bout this. You just dig the trench, and I do EVERYTHING ELSE for $1250. That’s $1250 TOTAL price. Tax, tags, title, out the door total including the wire, the conduit and all needed supplies. All you have to do is dig the trench and I can give you the number of a guy who has a trencher he rents at a fair price so you wont have to shovel-dig it.”
Now, as a side note, I DID tell him I had GA Power out but I did NOT tell him anything about their price or what they wanted to do.
So I said ”Give me a minute to think about this.” I waited like TWO SECONDS and said ”How soon can you do it?” Unfortunately the holidays have him backed up just a bit but he says he can be here first of next week.
So this morning I called the guy about the trencher and He says ”$75 for 1/2 day or $130 for a full day”
“Can I come get it now? Yep, ok I’m on my way” Less than 1.5 hours later I have it dug and ready.
This is where the wire will go up into the shop. You can see the white conduit junction box hanging down from the building. The breaker box inside is directly above this about 3’ up.
Back in 10aSEE I used to work for the “big orange box” in the Tool Rental Dept. We rented everything from small electric tools like drills, to concrete saws, to stump grinders, plus bobcats and back hoes. So when I called this guy about renting a trencher, I told him I knew what I was getting into and he had o problem renting it to me. THIS baby made short work of that trench. I have all of about TWO FEET of shovel work at each end and I’m ready for the electrician.
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