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Power Upgrade #10: More and More Dirt

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 374 days ago 928 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: The Adventure Continues Part 10 of Power Upgrade series Part 11: Back To It »

Life is never, ever dull! Yes, it probably is getting dull reading these posts…sorry…I am doing my absolute best to get this thing hammered out! I am a perfectionist though so you will have to bare with me!

So yes, more trench needed widening and cleaning!

Gophers View

Grass View

The Over Head

The lines from the Main Panel to the Ag Well as well as to the “New House Well” were the focus this time. I also had to cut the existing overhead power to the Ag Well down so I could install a new post and get in and install a faucet.

Ag Well, House, Pool & Barn

New Post

Post and Box

I mimicked the same set up at the “New House Well.” However the faucet that sits on the opposite corner of the power post runs off the Ag well. The “New House Well” is currently inactive and I didn’t want to install a faucet that I could not use! (More pictures of that to follow)

The New House Well

Same Set

The nice thing with this stretch of trench is that I was able to borrow my fathers tractor and use the front loader and dig out the majority of the dirt with it. (He doesn’t own a backhoe) My digging hours have significantly receded since the days have gotten so hot. My body does not tolerate extreme heat. It can trigger terrible migraines and vision loss. So I have been getting up super early to work in the cool hours of the AM whenever I can!

Final Trench

This is the final trench…I hope!:)

Final Trench

I had to add a short 5 foot section onto it for a lamp post that is running in the same trench! It turned out to be the hardest soil I have had yet!

Hardest Soil Yet!

Lamp Post Trench

The final step was to install the Pool/Mid Drive 50 Amp Box. I had to dig a hole for the pier tube form. Then build the post with the box and conduit on it first before I poured the concrete so that the conduit could then be incased in the concrete and not be forced to go around it.

Post Hole Digger

Form Tube

Pre Planting

Once it was up and dry, I was free to run that line out to it. I ran Aluminum 2/0 direct bury all 200 plus feet out to the box. As you can see, I had some help.

From the Wire

My Helpers

It Get Heavy

#2 Cable Pull

I wasn’t able to get the line in the ground before night fell and pushed us in doors, so…

More pictures to follow!!

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



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Gary

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#1 posted 374 days ago

Makes me tired just looking at all the work you did.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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GrandpaLen

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#2 posted 374 days ago

Nate,

This has evolved into quite the DIY project, but you will indeed enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Pace yourself, be careful and you are doing a fine job training the next generation of wire pullers and pipe layers.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#3 posted 374 days ago

Thanks Gary…I am tired just looking at:). And I still have to go back out there!...O well, nothing to but to do 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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#4 posted 374 days ago

Thanks Len,

You are encouraging! Yes, the boys can be quite a help! Sometimes they hate it though:). They would rather fill in the trenches that help dig them out!

Nate

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

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grizzman

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#5 posted 374 days ago

its really lookin goood nate, hope this is winding down for you and you can work towards a normal life, with woodworking in there…lots of folks are waiting to see some work on the floor, and see it finished…..

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

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 374 days ago

I’m glad the end is in sight. You are wearing me out just watching! But when yer done, you can look back and say “I did all that!”

I built over a mile of pipe and cable fence at my new place. Took me over 6 months but 19 years later, it’s still one of my proudest accomplishments.

Enjoy your beautiful place.

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

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punk

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#7 posted 374 days ago

looking good nice and neat job,you are going to have a mint tied up in wire its wild the price of wire any more

-- Punk in PA

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patron

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#8 posted 374 days ago

you sure dove into this
(hopefully not into the ditch too)

the cable is connected to the trench
which is connected to the pipe
which is connected to the light
which is connected to the box
which is connected to the house
which is connected to the water
which is connected to the shop
which is all connected to you
who connected to your dream
who is connected to all of us

thanks for giving us all all so much inspiration

God bless you and your family nate

now about the floor …..

-- 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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grizzman

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#9 posted 374 days ago

YEA, we want some serious talk about the floor, do a bunch of us need to show up and get into th floor project….im almost a nervous wreck over this floor. lost my appitite , can hardly sleeep…if someone says anything about a floor, i get the shacks….LOL….you get the message…lol…take care buddy…

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

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lew

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#10 posted 374 days ago

Nate,
Glad to read you are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I know you’ll be glad to be able to get into the shop and do some woodworking.

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

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littlecope

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#11 posted 374 days ago

I’ve dug this blog right from the beginning Nate!
You have unearthed a lot of challenges for yourself
but delved deep, gotten to the roots,
leaving no stone unturned to find solutions!
Congratulations, on having the end in sight my Friend! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#12 posted 373 days ago

You Nate are very tenacious and your wife must be a saint. A great deal of work already done and much more to do. I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this phase of your construction. Everything I have seen you do is first class. Praying all goes well for you.
Bob

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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NormG

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#13 posted 373 days ago

Continued great determination, wonderful job

-- Norman

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 373 days ago

Grizz,

As always you lift me up. Thanks brother! I am so close to having the inspector come out! It will be awesome!

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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#15 posted 373 days ago

gfadvm,

Pipe and Cable Fence! Thats the way to do it! I love building things that will last!!!!

Thanks for your encouragement and kind words. There is definitely a satisfaction is saying, “I did that,” instead of saying…”I paid a guy to do that!” Plus, when we do it, we know it is done right and just the way we want!

Nate

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

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