Power Upgrade #12: Gas, Gas, Gas! And More Power

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-03-2013 01:52 AM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After nearly four…maybe five months, I finally got our propane hooked back up. Well, thats a lie, I had an awesome friend how hooked it up while I tagged behind and handed him tools or taped or whatever. I did run the section under the house but thats like 17 feet!

Of course it wouldn’t be a project if it didn’t require more digging:)

But it is finally hooked up and my wife has a stove! And I have peace of mind and peace in the house…well I did:).

With the gas hooked up I could move on to other wiring. But as I found out, Black Widows had taken up residence in my trenches. I swear their webs are there and next time I will get a photo of the spider herself! But for now, if you look closely here you can see the webs. They suck to walk through and yes, I have been bitten, on the cheek and it isn’t fun…though it did diminish my fear of them some. I fear wasps much worse!

Anyway! The webs are there and I had to clear them first before pulling wire through them!

What a day! First Spiders, then I wound up 15 feet short of the 10/3 Direct Bury wire to the end of the other Driveway!

It was only 110ft I am not sure how I miscalculated it? I think I forgot to factor in the rise at both ends!

I did not yet have a Under Ground Splice kit so I went back to the box to connect that end to the breaker. I can tell you Stripping 10/3 UF (Direct Burial Cable) is…work. But I am glad for that. Why? Because if I have to work at it, then so will the rocks that live in the ground!

It is so time consuming, or rather, I am such a perfectionist and so careful not to hit any of the wires that it took me until dusk to get the wire stripped!

Thank you again for following along!

You all are great!

So much more to follow…


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

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#1 posted 11-03-2013 03:07 AM

rollin , rollin tumbleweed…...i feel like there should be a picture of you riding up on a horse, with a 10 gallon hat on….sayin something like, come on boys, we got more wire to run…..i love your german shepard in the back ground, beautiful dog, whats its name…and is he doing well at security, or does he wag his tail when you present him with a treat…lol..great blogs, greta pictures…you done real good….real good.

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

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#2 posted 11-03-2013 11:44 AM

My back hurts just lookin at all these ditches…

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

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#3 posted 11-03-2013 12:31 PM

I second what Roger said!

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 03:38 PM

Nate, Maybe you bought your tape measure the same place I bought mine. It is always reading the wrong amount!

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

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 11-03-2013 04:37 PM

Bob, Thanks, but I have to wear a helmet when I ride. Docs orders. I cannot risk anymore head injuries!:) His name is Jake, but unfortunately he did not work out as a service dog. He became dog aggressive. I even had the cops called when I was at the VA hospital…that was not fun! I decided I never wanted to go through that again! That, and looking back, I was almost always with him and not with my boys and despite Jakes help, it was unacceptable! Perhaps, when the boys are gone I will get another service dog, and get help training! But for now, my boys really do the helping. And that is huge!

Roger and Dave, it’s not to bad, shoulder hurts more than back. And if I pace myself its good exercise. If I don’t I can lose vision in my right eye then start a huge migraine. Its like walking a tight rope:).

Lew, I bet you we did! Terrible Tapes!


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

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#6 posted 11-03-2013 04:50 PM

good you got things ‘on’ again nate

your shovel must be wearing out by now
hope this is all over soon
and both you and the wife can get inside again
where it is warm
and back to your lives enriched

prayers for all there
and your wife bakes you a nice cake
for all the efforts you make together

-- 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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#7 posted 11-04-2013 01:06 AM

Nate, More progress! Can you see light at the end of the tunnel yet?
Been a bad year here for both Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders. I think a propane weed burner would clear them out of your ditches.

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

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 07:00 PM

David, Thanks! No joke, I broke one this year. Well, actually my son broke it! Thank you for your prayers. It looks like is going to be a few more days!

gfadvm, I can, but it’s like when you drop something behind the couch and only the very tips of your fingers can reach it, and it continues to roll just out of grasping reach! :) Owe, Brown Recluse is even worse!
I like the propane torch idea!!!


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

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