Power Upgrade #13: 1st Ground

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-04-2013 08:55 PM 1675 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Gas, Gas, Gas! And More Power Part 13 of Power Upgrade series Part 14: More Wire-More Room »

(So we are still here in the hospital. She is doing better. Was able to get up and take a shower but her pain spiked afterward. Doctor wants her to try to drink some broth for lunch. We will see how that goes. She hasn’t had any food or anything since Thursday! I hate that feeling of watching someone you care about suffer and there is nothing you can do…all you want to do is reach out and take the pain away but you sit there, feeling utterly helpless!)

But, anyway, back to the electricity!:). It is a great feeling to put in the first ground rod! It sends out a impression of finality! I ran #6 wire from the “Pool 50 Amp Panel” down through 1/2inch conduit to a 1/2inch by 8foot long ground rod.

Thankfully I had the Dewalt 1-9/16 Demolition/Hammer Drill to help me get it in. It hits with 8lbs of force per cycle and has a 12amp motor. It pushed the ground rod down in roughly 30 seconds.

(A small note, the single gang box mounted to the rail road tie behind the ground rod hold the power to driveway lights that will eventually be mounted to block pillars. The rail road tie will be removed and the power permanently placed. For now, I just ran it there since I had the earth opened up!)

A few mornings later I came out to work, and I couldn’t help but stop and wonder. I have never seen a double rainbow before and I could not help but share it! Yes, there is two oak burls waiting for me to cut up in the field, that has also been waiting all season to be cut. But you can see some of the fencing where I got the posts for my shop floor. (I have been told that some where put in as far back as the 1920’s)

Thank you again for reading….

Much, Much more to follow….


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

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 09:10 PM

You are really staying hard at it, and you’ll see your dreams come true soon now that this project is this far. And, more importantly, I am extremely sorry for your wife’s suffering and she is in my prayers each day as she recovers. Please, Dear God, let her return to a full healthy life and enjoy the fruits of the efforts that Nate and his friends have continuly put forth.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 10:04 PM

prayers for you both nate
keep the faith
and an open heart

it is good to share your continued works
in this progression and closure
soon it will be backfill time
and you can get on with life inside again

-- 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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#3 posted 11-04-2013 10:53 PM

I hope your bride gets the help she needs real soon.
I was in the same kind of boat for several years bouncing from one doctor to another. I would walk to my shop, set on a stool and turn around and come back in my home because of the lower back pain was so bad. I finally got the help I needed with a pain pump that puts the pain meds. where they need to be. After I healed up from the surgery I have stayed in the Shop all day. I count my blessing every day, and now I can enjoy life.
I really like you open space and the rainbow in the background.
Good luck

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 11:10 PM

sometimes the change in someone is hard to see, it comes in sometime small bits, but it comes, and before you know it, they are doing really well again, i know its hard to sit there wanting to help, but cant, but you are, your prayers and faith mean a whole lot…hang in there buddy…she will be better before you know it, i love the double rainbow, you live in a grand place….cant wait to see pictures of you working on that floor again…..

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

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 11:56 PM

Prayers for you and you’re Nate. I’m sorry your wife is going through this and do pray she is healed soon. I know what you mean about wanting to take it all away, we had a couple of cancer scares a several years ago and the agony until it was over was bad. Looking good on the electrical, might soon be over. I know it’s never really over but at least usable.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 12:32 AM

Hope your wife is feeling better this evening. Mimi and I send our prayers for you both.

Bet it will be a good feeling when you can fill in those trenches on purpose!

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

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 01:15 AM

Nate, Your wife is in my thoughts and prayers. Seems like we have had WAY to much sickness and suffering among our LJ group recently.

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

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 05:33 AM

Russel, Thank you for your encouragement and your prayers! That is cool, I have never seen anyone post like that! Takes courage!

David, thanks. You too are a constant source of light here. No matter where one turns on LJs, one can be sure to see you encouraging or helping someone. Like I said, the heart of a knight…or is it a Lion? or does the Knight have the heart of a Lion? Doesn’t matter! You have them both!

Bigrock, I am sorry to hear of your suffering. One thing I have learned from suffering is that it does make us see things differently and appreciate the things we have…as long as we do not let bitterness prevail…thats the rub!
Thanks for the encouragement.

Grizzman! What did Chris Cringle tell the Grumpy Winter Wizard? “Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walk out the door” (You know, the old Christmas claymation movie that was popular to when I was growing up!) Or maybe What About Bob would be better? “Baby steps out the door!” Baby steps to the end of power upgrade. Baby steps to the end of floor. :)

Lew, O man, I can hardly wait. Timing is everything!

gfadvm, Thank you! I totally hear you!!!!!

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

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 03:30 PM

That double rainbow is an awesome sight!! ... the setting just right as you survey the beauty of your land.

The pots at the end these rainbows are filled aplenty just for you Nate! Your wife will recover her health and strength, in time … The arduous job you’ve been working on will be finished before much longer (and then you’ll be building those block pillars!) ... Your boys will continue to be nourished in every way through the love of their parents.

To view any rainbow is an awesome sight that fills us all with the wonder of it. But … how wonderful to be blessed with the vision of two! Frame that picture Nate!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 11-06-2013 05:10 PM

Thank you very much Elaine! I will definitely frame it! I was absolutely blessed to see it and capture it!


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

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#11 posted 11-07-2013 08:48 PM

I think that beautiful rainbow is a sign for you and your wife.

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

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#12 posted 11-07-2013 09:12 PM

Looking good there Nat.

You may want to check with local authorities that the earth rod is OK to be buried and not visible, as ours need to be visible for bond checking.
Just a thought!

-- Regards Rob

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Nate Meadows

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 09:29 PM

Roger, I like to think so too:)

Rob, Thanks for looking out! I have and this is what they advised. Of course, any inspector can always change his mind! I really, really hope not though!!!!


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

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