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Power Upgrade #7: And Yet More...

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 423 days ago 994 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Digging and more Digging Part 7 of Power Upgrade series Part 8: First More Water »

Yep, even more hand digging. Seems like even though I investing in trenchers I still have to work:). No, really, I don’t mind. Digging is good exercise and mind therapy. At least most of this digging is easy. The dirt is already work those by the trenchers. Because of the time frame, the trenches just kept filling in. (Dogs, boys, wind, rain and gravity)

I did have to dig some trenches that the trenchers just couldn’t get. However, I was running out of room to put all the dirt so I had to use the wheel barrow to truck it out and away.

Wheel Barrow

More Trenches

Wheel Barrow 2

I also had to dig out around the exterior house panel as there were so many lines that exit from it. In the process,I found the existing power line to the house well. Thankfully I did not cut into it. Not only would that have hurt, but it would have made my lovely wife very angry! :)

The Existing Power

And still all that dirt had to be moved out and away!

More Dirt

So, once I finished that, the next line to go in was the Generator Control Wire to the Exterior House Panel.

I first tried just staking in the panel, but that set up was to weak. It also had to small of conduit.
Generator Panel

I upgrade the conduit to 2.5in and built a temporary support. I then fed the 18 gauge wire into the small junction box that sits below the Generator Panel.

Generator Control Wire

Next came the House Utility Wire. I used 4/0 Aluminum. It is heavy stuff but good for 200 Amps.

Lots of Trenches 2

Main Feed

I used two LBs to go up and over the top to the panel using Schedule 80 conduit. I choose to do it this way because the panel is going to be so crowded and the 4/0 wire is so large. I have not yet secured the conduit to the posts yet, but that is coming.

LB Over the Top

4 Foot Down

So,on to the next phase. Before I could run anymore wire, I had to run a water line across the electrical trench. The water line had to go down first as the water rests at four feet and the wire at three feet. I dug out the electrical trench just beyond the water crossing.

Lots of Trenches 1

Hand Finished

Then I hand dug the water line from the house well.

Water Trench 1

Water Trench 2

I then put in to four foot bury frost free faucets.

Water and Electric In

Water and Electric In 2

The Dog Run Water

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 423 days ago

Nate,
I think Steven Spielberg might be able to use your yard for an World War I movie about Trench Warfare!

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

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 423 days ago

No doubt Lew:). Its hard keeping my boys out of them! They want to play army so bad in them.

Nate

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

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lew

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#3 posted 423 days ago

I know I would have at their age!!!

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

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#4 posted 423 days ago

you sure live in a beautiful place Nate, i love it, i sure miss the mountains, the wide open spaces…great job on all of this, i didnt know you were so talented with electrical…it looks great..thanks for sharing all of this…grizz

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

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 422 days ago

Thanks Grizz, I do love my home here. The worst part is that it is in California! :)

I love electrical work! I started doing it when I was about 12 I think.

Nate

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

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SirFatty

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#6 posted 416 days ago

That is a massive project, it’s very interesting. Thanks for documenting the progress!

You live in a beautiful area, I wish the view in my backyard was that spectacular.

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Grandpa

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#7 posted 415 days ago

be sure to use marker tape about 12 inches above the wiring. This comes in handy for future trenching. Always better to find a plastic ribbon than a pipe or electric wire.

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 412 days ago

Thanks Sir Fatty! I am glad you like it.

Yes, we are very blessed to live in a beautiful area.

Nate

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

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#9 posted 412 days ago

Grandpa,

That is an interesting idea. We used sand here. Code require you put a foot of sand over the line not only to protect them but to also alert any future diggers that they are getting close to lines.

Nate

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

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#10 posted 411 days ago

Great progress! And what spectacular view you have!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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