Ok, first let me say Thank You! again to all of you Lumber Jocks for your kindness and encouragement! You guys are amazing! I don’t know how else to put it, you are truly amazing. You have all touched my life.
So things here are busy. We are preparing to upgrade our electrical service to 400amps. I know there is a deep divide among the “overkill” and “sufficient” camps. Let me just get it out there that I am a believer in always preparing for the future. It is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. That being said. I did allot of homework…allot. There is a ton of power going out here. My wife has her glass shop, I have my woodshop, eventually we will have a metal shop, a lathe studio and a CNC studio (Lord willing:), thats the dream anyway). It is essential that, in the future, Theresa can use any tool or kiln in her shop, I can use any combination of tools in my shop (air compressor, dust collector and any machine) along with my sons also working on any tool or in the metal shop doing their project all while the laundry may be going in the house.
Ok, moving on. Unlike the relatively clean process of building new, working with existing construction presents all kinds of issues. Things are never in the right place:).
We worked with our local power company move two power poles that serve our property. We had to move the primary for several reasons. New codes prohibit overhead lines going over metal roofs; also the old pole is leaning dangerously towards our master bedroom:).
The second pole to be moved took some serious negotiation. It is located halfway down the driveway. The power company wanted to keep it there and have this weird zig zag formation that lead the power right through my maple tree. Because the phone company has their lines attached to the pole as well, the power company wanted to charge us $750-$1000 to move it. I contacted the phone company and they said I could just bury the phone line, which would eliminate joint owner ship of the pole. Awesomely, the power company then agreed to move the pole for free.
Now the new line is straight and will be away from the driveway.
More to follow….
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate