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.
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.
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.
(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)
I had my little helpers of course too. :)
The next line to be laid was 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.
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.
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.
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.
So much more to follow:)...
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate