Power Upgrade #15: More 4-Way Wire

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-06-2013 05:46 PM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First another Update- Let me say- Thank you to everyone for there kindness and support! You all are so awesome!!!

Yesterday and last night were so very long. They did find a bacteria in Theresa’s blood and moved her to the ICU on a code. Once she was stabilized they moved her back to the floor yesterday afternoon, hooked up to antibiotics and potassium. Then last night, they called a code again because the bacteria acted out, again! It is the worst feeling in the world to stand there and watch your partner deteriorate!!!! Good news they were able to stabilize her and then monitored her all night. This morning, they gave more antibiotics and more potassium and pain medication. It is a matter of the antibiotics winning the battle over the bacteria. The doctors say it takes a minimum of three days! Caffeine and the Grace of God, and blogging to you all is the only way I could do this!

My family and have come to visit and have left their “love in color!”

So I continued to add to the 4 way circuits.

The boxes on top of the switch boxes will hold the pilot lights for each circuit. Since they are in the barn, they have to have exterior switch covers on them, thus the extra box was needed for the pilot light. I could have put in a tiny LED in the corner, but I hate cramming things in if I do not have too. The pilot is important because each switch controls outside lights, and it will be way to easy to leave them on during the day without knowing it. The pilot light lets us know, hey, your wasting energy!

I actually had to make the trench just a bit bigger to fit all the circuits…of course that meant more digging!

The switches on the far left control all the lights in the barn, with the exception of the one on the far right of the line. That switch is a 4-way that goes to a relay, controlling the two circuits providing power to all the lights in the barn. That way, should one get to the house and realize the lights in the barn are on, all one needs to do is hit the “master” relay switch and all the lights in the barn go out!

Ok, I was getting way to confused…so I had to post my plans!!

With all the switch boxes mounted, I could run the 10/3 wire!

Don’t worry, I take out the trash!:)

As you can tell from the previous photo, the backhoe trench was quickly getting filled with wire. Once I finished running all the 10/3 wire, I put a layer of fine sand over it to protect it since the 14/2 was the next set to go on. I was able to use my fathers dump trailer to get the 10 tons of sand, but because of the trenches I could not dump it close. Therefore I had to use buckets to transfer the sand to the trench. It was a great work out. Again, it was all about balance, in more than one way!

I put about an 1 to 1.5 inches of sand on the 10/3 wires.

Thank you for tagging along…

Hang in there…More to follow…


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

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

God is listening
and helping
both you and theresa

prayers continue
for you both
and the doc’s and nurses
in this duty

the wireing looks good
i hope you get back to the shop and floor soon

before you get snagged by the local builders
to do their electrical work lol

-- 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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#2 posted 11-06-2013 07:13 PM

Please tell Theresa that we are all praying for her. We even have Quigley sending good thoughts her way-

Hang in there, my friend, keep your positive thoughts and know ther Lord is with you and Theresa

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

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 08:55 PM

Nate, That is some very neat and well organized electrical layout and installation. I’ve never seen such beautifully placed wiring and perfectly measured, plumbed, and leveled boxes in out buildings. They are all too often just placed haphazardly. I for one acknowledge and appreciate your OCD.

On the home/family front, please know the many LJ’s including me are praying dai;y for Theresa’s recovery and to return to daily life and that you control.conquer the headaches. Bless you my friend.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 12:41 AM

Amazing trench work…you have spent way too much time in the army by the looks of it

Electrical wiring not even a sparkie would be that neat again well done.

Just what are you doing in the barn there is more circuits there than in a conventional home!

Hope your wife improves enough to get out of the hospital, you unfortunately pick up every bug going just by being there and when you are most vulnerable to other illnesses as well!

Hey I may have a job for you, a bit of fun… I saw a fellow LJ has a tree with termites/white ants in it and was trying to get rid of them, I suggested they contact you and discuss dropping some FAE on it to terminate the termites, I thought you would get a laugh!!

Almost forgot Nice yellow bucket and a very angry looking shovel, I wish I had one of those when I was in the army!!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 01:31 AM

Still prayin for your wife.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 02:55 AM

Russel, thank you so much! I am a perfectionist, sometimes to a fault! It drives those I work with crazy! :)

Rob, “Sparkies”, that’s funny! Thanks for the compliment. The Barn will also contain my wife’s glass shop, which will, if all goes well, be a high end studio where she can really feel free to just let the creative juices flow and let her hair down. The other part will contain some wood storage, and some large wood machines.

I did get a great laugh regarding the FAE!

gfadvm, thank you so much!


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

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 06:42 AM

David, sorry I missed your comment! I don’t think I have to worry about any local builders…I work to slow:).

Lew, sorry too, I forgot to comment! I love your picture! You really made me smile!!! Very cool dog! Looks like a lover!


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

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 12:47 AM

Progress all around, that is great to hear

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 11-09-2013 02:17 AM

Thank You Norman! It is encouraging!


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

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