Power Upgrade #11: Back To It

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-01-2013 01:48 AM 1406 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: More and More Dirt Part 11 of Power Upgrade series Part 12: Gas, Gas, Gas! And More Power »

Now where was I?

O yes, I did get that large cable in the trench finally. Alas, when your wife is helping you pull and lift heavy cable she does not want you to pause while she stands there gripping it, as you pull out your phone for a photo update. So, I did not get any pictures of that particular adventure…but trust me when I tell you…it was ALLOT of fun!:) No really, it was, I just had to make you smile.

Anyway, with that particular line done I had to move on to the next water issue…in order to move onto the next electrical issue. I had to cut into the 2in Ag. line to run a faucet out in front of my wife’s glass shop window, which is also by the “New House Well.” You may ask why not just use that well, but it is currently off line. It needs to have the pipe walls descaled, a new pump put in, and of course all new wiring. Plus I wanted this faucet to come off the Ag. Well. This particular junction was a pain! The slip joint I got was very cheap and leaked. Then somehow, I messed up on the T when gluing the next set so it leaked. I finally cut everything out and put in brand new pipe in two directions.

I finally got the faucet up and in!

But when I when to tie the full line into the main, there was another surprise, and not a good one. This slip joint also leaked! I finally went to my supplier, I very nice guy by the way and told him he had to get me a better joint! The cheap China built stuff was killing me. We took them both apart, both seals were good, and I was not putting undo side pressure on the joint itself. Just whenever my Ag Well kicked on and pressurized the system, they leaked. I would even left it pressurized overnight to see if that would work it out. NOPE. Worst part was that this location was the lowest spot, so I had to let it drain there before working again!

So after a week of wrestling this issue, I finally got it together and squared away!

With that done I could move onto the electrical line that feeds the “New House Well.” However, when I came out a few mornings later to work, I found the trench had collapsed. JOY, more digging! I am a self proclaimed digging expert. Really though, I don’t mind digging. It is great exercise and there is something hypnotic about the fluid motion of it, that is if you work it such a self paced manner. One cannot be a speed sprinting digger for to long.

I put up the new post. I chose to put the panel on the outside again because I really like being able to access the breakers immediately. One could argue it is cleaner appearing keeping the panel in the well house, and that may be, but I do not want to have to access the well house to get to the breakers, or to any outlets that I can conveniently place on the post.

Thats it for this now run…but there is plenty more to follow…


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

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 01:56 AM

Wow!! you have been working on this project for months haven’t you? Perseverance at its finest.

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 02:01 AM

ok, this is all fun and wonderful, but big , BIG QUESTION….when will some wood work start coming from your camp, you know like shop floor, and all of the other wonderful things you can make, i just thought i better remind you that your goal is not to become a ground hog….so give me some sunshine on the wood working side of things, i just want to make sure you are still going to woodwork….LOL….

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

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 02:17 AM

Ah yes, digging. Exactly what my father used to impress upon my mind the need for a good education.

-- I never finish anyth

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 02:43 AM

Grandpa, Yes I started in December so it will be a year very soon! Thank you for the compliment, but really I just get up every morning and do what I can.

Bob the Grizzman, my friend, I will be posting a blog just for you very shortly! I hope it will satisfy a little bit of your beaver teeth cravings, but I fear it will only suffice for a short time. I am already going into wood withdrawl from not producing fine things. Trust me brother, my heart yearns for the shop, especially when I get the email from you all showing finished projects and emails from suppliers of beautiful, rare and sacred wood! Hang on just a bit longer!

Philip- although I say I enjoy digging, and even the electrical work, I would never, ever trade that for the woodworking…EVER….:)

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

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 01:14 PM

Whew!! I get exhausted looking at all that digging you’ve done. That’s a lotta work. Keep on, keepin on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 01:37 PM

I do think you could write a book on the ins and outs of upgrading … from the outside, in Nate! Avidly I read your adventures … made all the more interesting with photos included! ... and admire your stick-with-it-ness.

Please pass along well wishes to your wife, in hopes of a quick recovery. But I fear she won’t be grappling with electrical cables anytime soon!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 04:58 PM

Roger, I’m jealous of your picture there! Duck Dynasty rocks! Thanks for encouragement!

Elaine, Thank you very much for your support. You among the first to welcome me here I think, if not the first, and you never fail to encourage me. Thank you very much! Your words sink deeply in!


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

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 12:41 AM

You sure the boys aren’t backfilling those trenches when you’re not looking?!

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

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 01:04 AM

I will be a happy as you when all those trenches are filled and the plumbing/electrical finished. You are wearing me out just watching!

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

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 02:15 PM

Good to see an update! project is coming along, and I’m sure you are looking forward to finishing it!

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#11 posted 11-02-2013 03:18 PM

Lew, I know they are…they have to be since I watch them do it right in front of me!:) Drives me nuts, but hey, its dirt and they are boys! That is like telling a dog to keep his nose away from bacon!

gfadvm, I get tired just looking at the pictures too! Then I start questioning my sanity so I stop looking and go lay down!:)

Dave- Thanks, I really, really am! Especially since it has started to freeze up here now!

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

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#12 posted 12-14-2013 01:59 AM

Great progres man!

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

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