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Power Upgrade #9: The Adventure Continues

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 303 days ago 758 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: First More Water Part 9 of Power Upgrade series Part 10: More and More Dirt »

So, as time continues to pass, the trenches continue to fill in; again, because of boys, dogs, rain and gravity. So I recently made a friend who offered to bring his backhoe over and help out!

The Backhoe

I Want One

Keep it Up, Awesome!

I love the 16in wide bucket making the large trenches. Now I have room to work!

The Wide Trench

The whole line to from the house to the barn had to be dug out again. It would have taken me so long to do with just a shovel.

To The Barn/Glass Shop

There was no where to put the dirt so he had to put the dirt in the doorway of the barn. I had to hand dig it out and away from where the panel goes but it was still a small thing for having the backhoe dig the whole line.

Still had to Hand Dig

The Feed In.

In the Light

I am putting a separate 100 amps into the barn to run Theresa’s glass shop as well as some of my large equipment. It will be so nice to not have to fight each other for power.

The Glass Shop/Barn Panel

Need Adjustment

This line I had to hand dig. It will carry power to a lamp post as well as an air line from the room you see in the background, the one with the arch, to the big barn. That room is going to be the dust collection and air compressor room.

To Air and Dust

It used to be a animal washing station I think; I assume that is what the drain was for. The inside is concrete with hitching rings; I built new walls and ran preliminary wire. I have allot of work to left to do:).

Air Out

This is the air compressor room. Air compressor motors are renown for starting wood shop fires. So I designed this room. It will be completely covered in slate, floor and walls; no sparks will It will also be completely insulated so I don’t have to hear it when I am in the shop! The rest of the space will house a Laguna Central Cyclone Dust Collector!

The Compressor Room

This is the same trench but heading out. The one that heads out to the right heads to a lamp post. There will be three on the way out to the barn. This will give Theresa a safe way to return to the house in the evening. They will also give light when we have evening parties.

Air and Light

More to follow….

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



21 comments so far

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Robb

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#1 posted 303 days ago

Looks good! Hope you get everything in place before the dirt falls in again :).

-- Robb

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 303 days ago

wow thats a lot of work.what a good friend you met there,looks like things are coming along nicely.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 303 days ago

Ya just have to take a step at a time, but now you’re making headway! Congratylations on such fine progress. You’ll already be in the warmth and dry when snow flys. Anxious to see the next chapter. I only wish I had completed the seperation of DC and AComp in an adjoining shelter that already exist! Maybe some day? That’s a wise move.

Bless you and your Lady!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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SirFatty

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#4 posted 303 days ago

I bet this feels like one of those never ending projects! That’s a lot of work, but the payoff will be huge!

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 303 days ago

Robb,

Thank you. Me too:), I should, Lord willing! I have run all but my last three heavy lines. Then it is a series of small 10/2 and 10/3 lines. Then I can have then trenches inspected!

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 303 days ago

Beast,

Yes, thanks. It was definitely a blessing to have him come over!

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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#7 posted 303 days ago

Handtooler,

Thank you so very much, that is very kind of you! I am enjoying the work, from lay out to digging, but it will be nice to be done:).

Its never to late to start:).

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 303 days ago

SirFatty,

In a way it does…never ending…but then again…since you can actually see the change as it goes, it is quite rewarding too. Just have to be patient that I am doing it myself at my limited pace.

Nate

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

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lew

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#9 posted 303 days ago

Wow, a John Deere backhoe! He was probably looking for some new dirt to play in!!
Glad this project is moving along. I know you will be glad to get it done.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 303 days ago

Lew,

Thank you! He loves using his backhoe:). Yes, I will be happy when it is done for sure. Thanks for reminding me to post on TPW too!

Nate

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

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robert triplett

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#11 posted 303 days ago

Nate, from the highway it looks like you have a gopher problem. A HUGE gopher at that. Hope today’s rain doesn’t cause you too much problems.

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

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#12 posted 303 days ago

come on nate, im tired of trenches and wire and line…LOL..i know your lovin it…lol.i wanna see some wood buddy, i wanna see that floor coming together, but hey, its all good, its good clean work, and when your all done, it will be worth it….the main thing is, have fun and enjoy what your doing…thanks for the blog…grizz

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

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 303 days ago

Glad to see you found that friend with the back hoe! Back hoes and mini track hoes are a lifesaver for ditching as you now know!

Great choice to get the DC and compressor out of your shop space! I did the same and have never regretted it. It is so quiet that it’s easy to forget to turn off the DC when you’re done for the day.

I know you’ll be glad when the digging is done! But if you are like me, I’m happiest when I’m REALLY busy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#14 posted 302 days ago

Nice to have friends Nate. I look at your yard and laugh at my grunting digging out my small trenches for my shop. Hoping all goes well with your inspections so we can all see more on your floors.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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Nate Meadows

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#15 posted 302 days ago

Robert,

You have no idea how how many people say that:). I work hard but slow:). Thankfully the rain didn’t mess things up to bad.

Nate

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

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