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Power Upgrade #6: Digging and more Digging

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 06-01-2013 02:53 PM 1063 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, I am so sorry for the delay! Life as always is so crazy. I have been insanely busy; busy taking care of my awesome boys and getting them through the final days of school, busy now doing some volunteer work, busy trying to stay healthy, busy trying to keep my family healthy and of course, busy working away on this vast electrical project. O yeah, and busy doing plumbing, but more on that later.:)

Though there are times I feel like I am drowning, most of the time I am very content. I know I will get it done through diligence and hard work. I am not being lazy or lackadaisical, although, the days I have headaches, suffer from my disability and am stuck in bed or the couch, I feel very lazy!!!

So where did I leave off…O yes, I just mounted the main panel. I then decided to dig out a full square in front of the panel because there were so many drops coming out plus the four inch conduit for the service coming in. I needed the space to lay out all the lines. I also had to dig out the trench leading behind the panel to the generator pad.

Utility In

Generator Location

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I placed a bag over the end to keep the dirt from filling the conduit until I could finish running it up the power pole.

Utility Side

Once the dirt was removed from in front of the panels, I was free to start laying wire. (I did have to go back and dig out a few spots of trench that had caved in or that were not deep enough. My first run was a line of 10/3 to the end of the driveway to feed power to lights and a gate opener.

The End

(I know they make solar lights and solar/battery operated gate openers. However, the solar lights tend to die out by two or three in the morning, and I hate that! And as for the gate, I plan on creating a custom gate that will weight a ton, so it needs to have a commercial gate opener.) The second run was a line of 10/2 that ran to the flag pole in the middle of the yard. That line will power lights for the flags so they can fly at night. (In the picture, the smaller conduit is not plumb yet)

Flag Trench

Panels

I had my little helpers of course too. :)

Kid in the Middle

The next line to be laid was to my shop.

To My Shop

However before I could run the cable, I had to build this “foundation” to run the conduit up the wall on. I had 1 inch solid foam board covered by 3/4 inch PSB. I used PSB because I am going to build a box around the conduit. That way is it protected, it helps provide a better seal to the building as well as remove the eye sore of the conduit.

Shop Connection 3

I also had to hand dig the rest of the trench up to the edge of the shop using a shovel and bucket. Since there was no place to put the dirt, I had to carry each bucket out and away from the entrance of the shop.

Shop Connection 2

Shop Connection 1

I had to dig enough out to allow for four lines; the Utility In, th Generator In, the Generator Control In as well as the ground rod installation.

Shop Wall

The ground rod will go off to the right and be buried 9 feet into the earth with head of the rod a foot below the grade.

Ground Rod Placement

So much more to follow:)...

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



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lew

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 02:58 PM

WOW, Nate!
You have been busy. I’m sure it went faster with that little helper!!

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

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Bob817

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 03:14 PM

Just be careful Nate, if your not feeling up to it, don’t take chances and end up hurting yourself your doing an awesome job!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 03:24 PM

Gee Nate, you must have been a tunnel rat in another life. That is a lot of excavating. Only a few more days of school and you can put the kids to work full time!
Robert

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

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 03:25 PM

Thanks Lew! Yes, Kale is a big help:). He even has his own size shovel!

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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#5 posted 06-01-2013 03:27 PM

Thanks Bob! You are so right! That is another reason it is taking so long. When I can’t work, I can’t. Its hard to accept mostly from me:). I am my harshest critic I think.

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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#6 posted 06-01-2013 03:28 PM

Thank Robert:), Maybe I was a worm? or a mole? :)

I bet you are so ready for summer!

Nate

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

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 06-01-2013 06:11 PM

Nate,

Sounds like a full life? Saying you are “Lazy” sounds like a critical parent? It’s OK to have down time. At least that’s what I tell myself when I look at my way to extensive task list…LOL!

and I don’t have your problems but my body can’t keep up. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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grizzman

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#8 posted 06-01-2013 06:43 PM

so glad to see you getting things done, i love work and if at all possible an d my body allows, i do it…your doing a great job nate…im enjoying these blogs…and your great helpers, i sure wish sometimes i could go back in time and have my boys again…so your a lucky man…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 06-02-2013 01:38 PM

Doc, Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, I am very hard on myself. That is what my therapist says anyway:). She also says its ok to have down time:). I just have to get to the point where I am comfortable with it:).

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 06-02-2013 01:39 PM

Thanks so much for your encouragement Grizz. You never fail to lift the spirit! Yes, I love being with my boys!

Nate

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

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#11 posted 06-02-2013 08:56 PM

For the ground for my shop I had to dig a pit 20 feet long and two foot deep and encase re-bar in four inches of concrete. I just thought I could put in a regular ground rod. Not as much trenching as you but a good dig for an old man. Love reading your posts hope things go well for you with your shop build.

Bob

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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Grandpa

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#12 posted 06-02-2013 09:25 PM

For $75 I got my power company to run the conduit up my pole. I brought it to the pole and left it just below the ground elevation. I wanted metal to come through the surface because PVC damages to easily. I thought for $75 I should never hold a lightening rod up the pole near live power. $75 is cheap. They did a perfect job.

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Roger

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#13 posted 06-03-2013 12:46 PM

Oh my back hurts lookin at all that diggin.. Tis comin along nicely tho

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

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