Power Upgrade #14: More Wire-More Room

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-05-2013 05:20 AM 1196 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Update- My beautiful wife has been moved to the ICU! I cannot adequately describe the feeling that resided within me, watching hordes of nurses scramble around my soul mate while all I could do was answer a few questions. One minute she was ok, the next she wasn’t. I don’t know what else to say! I think I am going to go mad sitting here waiting to hear any news, replaying those terrible images in my head!

Another Update- I am sitting here in the ICU with her. She is hooked up to stuff, to which I am all familiar. Earlier, her fever spiked from 98 to 103 in less than three minutes, pushing her into shock. Once they controlled the fever they were able to stabilize her. The docs think an infection has set in inside her belly, which is, I think has been the cause of her headaches the last few days! I am so tired, but cannot sleep. Life is but a vapor! Its is not like she is dying, but it sure looked that way today!

She is getting Antibiotics and bags of fluid and meds…

All I can think to do to distract myself writing!

Being that every building is getting new power, and all three wells are getting a 50 Amp Panel, plus the “Pool Panel” is 50 Amps, and then there is the Flag Pole Lights, the Three Drive Way Lights, and then the various yard lights and 4 way switches that go between barn, shop and house….there is in summery allot of wire. I just needed more room for the wire coming into the house. So I widened the trench! I had to be careful, because about a foot under me was the new well line that feeds the house.

The dirt had to go somewhere!

So I had to dig it out, through it up, climb out, fill the bucket, carry the bucket across the trenches and dump it so it would be out of my way. It was allot of work, especially in the 90s of heat. I really had to watch what I was doing as those are days I can really cause my headaches to spike and my vision to fluctuate. So by pacing myself, I get through it!

With that done, I had to wait until I could get some sand to place on top of the large wires that fed the main panels so that I could then run the minor wires. I moved on to finishing the main driveway circuit. Since this 10/3 wire will feed both driveway lights and a driveway gate, both of which are not anywhere with in the near (6month) future, I set up a temporary end. I ran it up the rail road post and gave myself plenty of extra so when the time comes I could place it where I wanted for the lights and gate! (The lights will be on top of block pillars…hopefully!)

The trench in the background heading to the power pole will eventually contain our telecommunication lines. I still, to the current day, have to finish digging the trench…Yeah! More digging! But at least that trench doesn’t have to be more than 18in. In fact it cannot be, there is county fiberoptics under there.

With that done, It was time for sand! But that was quite a day indeed!

I took my family out to brunch, and on the way back out to the car my oldest says, “Um, Dad, look at your feet!”

As you can see I was wearing too different shoes from two different pairs. What can I say??? It was one of those days! Living with a brain injury can be comical. I had no idea I had put on two different shoes until then. I was rather embarrassed and humiliated. But then I realized you have to just laugh it off. I do stuff like this all the time, its part of the TBI. I can’t waste my time getting all twisted up, I wouldn’t get anywhere! I gotta learn to laugh at myself, and what better way to start then to post it at flickr and here:). But hey at least I got my socks the same!

Moving on! I got the 9 bags of fine play sand and covered this section of 4/0 and 1/0 cable.

Thankfully the trench to the barn was cut with a backhoe so I had plenty of room and I did not have to immediately have to lay sand! There are a total of 12 circuits that run from the Barn/Glass Shop back to the house. They are all 4-way circuits. All are on 10/3 wire with 14/2 wire accompanying them for the pilot light except for the one that powers the relay in control of the barn lights. That particular circuit only needs 4 amps so it only needed 14/3 with 14/2 accompaniment.

It looks crazy I know. I have been heckled for it quit a bit, just like I do for putting a “Sistine Chapel Floor” in my wood shop but I keep this quote from George Carlin strongly set in my mind! ”Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” Most, if not all, of my friends here not only hear the music I am referring to, but tend to add a harmony to it that is all there own. But I feel I have to say it anyway, rest assured, hang in there, all of this will all come together to make sense in the end…I hope:)!

So anyway, just one run from switch box to the junction box in the house, is roughly 150 feet. I had to use 10/3 because some of the circuits extended over 300feet.

And yes, that is 4/0 aluminum you see coming out of the 100Amp box there. I had to use such large wire because that run was so long and the voltage drop was to great!

Now the 10/3 wire lay on top of the large conductors without worry of damage from compression when everything is filled in!

And snake around!

To get back to the house! I had to pass them under the same concrete walkway that the water was feed under!

Three down, 18-10/3 to go and 21-14/2 (I know I said 12 circuits go to the barn but I haven’t mentioned the others yet!:)

Thanks for reading!

As always…more and more to follow…


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

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 06:17 AM

Nate and your wife,
I feel for you in your grief and will keep you both in my thoughts from Tasmania.
No-one deserves this fear.
Best wishes from Ron and Jen

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 08:03 AM

Nate, just wanted you to know
that we are pulling for You and Your Wife,
and Prayers have been sent from both Debbie and I…
Our Fondest Hopes are that Your Wife starts getting better very, very soon!
Strength Brother!!

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

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 11:56 AM

Lord, when things are difficult, lead me to Your Word and remind me You are in control.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

-- 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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#4 posted 11-05-2013 02:15 PM

Mimi and I are sending extra prayers for you and your wife.

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

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 04:17 PM

My mind is truly boggled by all your ‘outside stuff’ ... but my heart feels the anxiety of your ‘inner stuff’ Nate. Please know so many care and hold special thoughts for your wife’s recovery … and your sanity throughout it all! Keep the vision of that double rainbow firmly in place!! :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 05:35 PM

nate, for all of this work you have needed to do, if you would have told me ahead of time i would have let you use my professionally trained ground hog…he is amazing and could have dug all these channels out for food alone…when i first got him and he told me he just loved to dig, which most ground hogs do, but he was really into it…so i had his front paws surgically altered, and he is like a back hoe when you let him get to it…LOL>>LOL….this maze of wires is incredible..

Nate, im really sorry your wife had to go to ICU…i know that must have thrown you into a spiral of emotions, but just remember, even though we dont know all things, God does, trust in him, he will get things where they need to go..he loves you and your wife dearly, and will bless you both….just know there are many here who are praying for her full recovery, let us know how she is…and try not to worry to much, you need to be healthy yourself. how are the boys taking all of this with there mom in the hospital, maybe you can get them to draw a big card for her with some crayon’s…she would love that….

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

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 05:53 PM

Everyone, I am so thankful for all of your prayers and support. It was a long night! We are still in the ICU.They discovered a bacteria in her blood from an infection that pushed her into shock yesterday. She is has received several bags of antibiotics and is getting even more. At least they now what triggered it can start to treat it and she can start to recover from everything and we can get her home!


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

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 09:26 PM

Quite a trial for both of you. My best wishes for your wife’s speedy recovery. That’s a lot of ditches, but be thankful you are not digging in Norway as it is mostly rock a short way down!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 09:38 PM

blessing and more prayers for you both nate
glad they found the problem
and are dealing with it
keep yourself well thru this all please

-- 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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#10 posted 11-06-2013 01:18 AM

Nate, You and your wife remain in my thoughts and prayers. The fact that she now has a firm diagnosis is good news.

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

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#11 posted 11-06-2013 03:22 AM

so glad they have found the real problem and are treating it, going through these trails is so hard, but when we have that faith in God, it gives us more strength for and if something comes to us later down the road, we never know what the outcome will be, sometimes it doesn’t go the way we want, and its through that , that strengthens us, God bless her Nate, she will need some special care when you get her home…some more TLC will never hurt…

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

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 11-06-2013 05:08 PM

Stefang, Thank you! Yes, I am thankful I did not have more rocks for sure!

David, Again Thank You and I am absolutely doing my best to try and stay 100% so I can take care of her!:)

gvadvm, Thank you so very much. Yes, having a diagnosis is relieving!

Grizz, Thank you! Absolutely!


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

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 09:08 PM

Have you found any “relics” in all those trenches?? Just wonderin.

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

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#14 posted 11-07-2013 09:26 PM

Roger, I have found two decaying beer cans, one soup can (all to messed up to read or recognize brand) and one glass 1970 coke bottle plus a few bolts. I also found a few of the carbide teeth from the trencher I rented…but I took those back to the rental place as I know they can be very expensive. They never charged me for them!


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

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