Shop Expansion #4: Still waiting on electricity!

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 05-13-2009 01:45 AM 2201 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Everyone keeps asking about the shop, “Is it done yet?” Nope, I wish! I’ve been waiting on the power company to make up there mind. Now they have finally decided to put a pedastal in the back yard to run the shop off of. Problem is the electric here is buried and it will not stop raining! I was hoping to have it in by Memorial weekend but if the rain doesn’t stop that won’t happen. I can’t really do anything out there until I get the city to sign off on the building and get them out of my hair (if ya know what I mean). So for right now I have this big new building that I can’t really use for anything. Well I do have a chair out in the middle of it that I go sit in some times! ;o)

Soon I hope!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 05-13-2009 02:01 AM

Yeppers, I know what you mean…............... city can be a pain in the a…........ Hope to see it done soon.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 02:03 AM

I went through the same problem,but it worked out

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 02:11 AM

Hang in there!

-- Karen W., KS.

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 02:44 AM

A testing time for you and any ambitious woodwoker.
Be patient Les!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 03:18 AM

Hope it gets done soon for you. I know what you mean about the rain. I’ve had just over 7” in the past 24hrs

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 05:47 AM

Hello Les,
I know the combination of excitement and frustration from waiting can be overwhelming. Before you know it you will in your completed shop working and having a blast! I built my dream shop last year and had to deal with a con artist contractor who didn’t finish the job, an electrician who only finished 98% of the work and the extra costs oh having to pay someone else to finish their work. Now that I look back on it while working in my new shop, it ain’t so bad.
You will have your electrical work signed off before you know it and you also will be grinnin from ear to ear.

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 06:11 AM


Thanks for the update. We know what you mean with zoning departments—too many of them are power-hungry egomaniacs—not as concerned about safety as they are about wielding control over others. But you will soon forget about it when you’re making sawdust in it!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 03:26 PM

It never fails, just when you need it to by dry…. Hang in there they’ll get it done eventually, you know how it goes when you need it to rain after you seed the lawn it won’t rain for four months…LOL I hope they get it done soon for you I know you need the space. Let us know when things get going again.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 04:41 PM

Hi Les

Hang in there buddy. Things could be worst. I got my shop done and just started buying new equipment for it. Then I had to go in for foot surgery and was told i would be layed up for 6 to 8 weeks. The shop keeps calling to me. End of this month I will start odering more equipment again so it will be here when I am up and running. Looking forward to seeing your finished shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 04:51 PM

You should live in the sticks where I do. The only permit I had to get was a building permit for $25 and an inspection for the foundation. That’s it.

I did all the electrical myself. Just thew a 100 AMP breaker in the house and ran wires into the shop.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-14-2009 04:27 AM

I wish I did Gary, I’d be done and using it by now!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 08-25-2009 05:57 PM

Hey Les, Haven’t heard anything from you in a while. How’s the new shop extention, using it yet?

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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