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Power Upgrade #1: Power Poles

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 556 days ago 1092 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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:).

Our Old Pole

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.

400amp Power Upgrade 3

400amp Power Upgrade 2

400amp Power Upgrade 1

400amp Power Upgrade

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



17 comments so far

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patron

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#1 posted 556 days ago

get it while you can nate

and since the new one is straighter

you will get the power faster too

that should speed things up
quite a bit
it will be ready
before you even know
you need it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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robert triplett

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#2 posted 556 days ago

400 amp service should be good for a while. Glad to see you will have enough juice to keep busy- and not throw the breakers! Can’t tell if you were dealing with LMUD or Plumas Sierra Elec. I have Plumas where I live. The regional manager is a wood turner. Nice guy.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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lew

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#3 posted 556 days ago

It certainly will be nice not to have to choreograph equipment use to prevent power blackouts!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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gawthrrw

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#4 posted 556 days ago

Can never have enough power lol! Looking good..

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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Bearpie

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#5 posted 556 days ago

Always better to have more than less. I wish I could upgrade mine but will have to live with what I have. It’s working so far so I really shouldn’t complain.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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GrandpaLen

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#6 posted 556 days ago

Nate,

In the immortal words of Tim ‘the tool man’ Taylor, “you can never have too much Power”. :-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 556 days ago

Patron,

Thanks, that is what I was thinking:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 556 days ago

Thanks Robert. I am very excited for the 400amps. We did consider 600amps but the cost tripled. We use LMUD. So far they have been really good, but the guy that has been the best and most help is Dale out at DaleCar Electric. He has done so much for me.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 556 days ago

Thanks Lew,

I totally here you. It will be great to stop dancing and to be able to use every tool in my arsenal.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 556 days ago

I agree Rob,

Thanks,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#11 posted 556 days ago

Erwin,

What are you working with. It really is worth the inconvenience.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 556 days ago

Thanks Len,

I could not agree more! (With in reason of coarse:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Roger

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#13 posted 556 days ago

Like Tim Allen from Home Improvement would say, “oh-ho-ho-ho” errrrr

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 556 days ago

Thanks Roger,

I hear that:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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ratchet

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#15 posted 555 days ago

Nice upgrade.

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