Power Upgrade #16: So Many Wires

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-07-2013 04:00 AM 1357 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another update, Theresa is still in the hospital and I am still sitting here beside her. Last night was so long! Today I called my mother-in-law to come and sit with her while I laid down on the floor beside T so I could catch up on my sleep; otherwise I was headed for a terrible migraine. She is doing better this evening. She was able to eat some but needed a shot for nausea. She needs more IV antibiotics tomorrow and then she can switch to oral ones.

So, I mentioned that there are a total of 22 circuits that enter the house, 19 of which are controled 4 way switches. There is the 12 from the Barn/Glass Shop which control various lights outside, from lamp posts, all the lights that go on the side of the barn, and the “master” relay for the Barn Lights. There are 8 that go to the Woodshop, or rather travel through the Woodshop. They control the lights that go to the garden, as well as the lights that go around the Woodshop. There is one three way circuit that goes to lights that will be on the laundry line. There are actually a few more…but I will get to those later.

To get all the 10/3 wires under the concrete, I divided them between three different conduits. Mostly because it was easier to deal with them and should the terrible day occur that I have to get to them to splice or repair them! Getting all of the into the house was a different matter entirely. I am usually the first to say, ”Take it slow, do it right.” For some reason on this day I got bit with the “hurry up” bug and tried to shove all 20 plus of these runs through a 3in conduit sweep at one time without sorting them out. Obviously it did not work! On no level did it even look like a good idea. I have no idea what I was thinking!

After figuring out, “DuH! thats not gonna work!”, I came to my senses and went back to the basics. I laid out each line and taped them together.

Unfortunately I wrestled so long the “wrong” way with these wires that the sun decided it was done giving me enough of its time! He quickly started to go behind the mountains!

The next day, once I got every set wired together, I decided to wrestle the cable through the 3 inch sweep by myself! It took me two hours, even using electricians lube. I was so tired after getting it in. I went in and laid down on the floor in the living room and passed out!

I finally got it where I needed it!

The fun part is unwrapping all the electrical tape. Its a good thing that a log 10 rolls is about $4. I am pretty sure I used all 10 rolls too. (I know there are electricians out there just shaking there heads! :) )

Thanks for reading…

More to follow…


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

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 04:14 AM

Keep your eyes on the prize my friend. I know you will beat this in the end and be able to get back to the work you really want to be doing. I’d like to say that things that are easy aren’t any fun but I can’t quite convince myself that this is either. ..... :-)
Hang in there.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 04:18 AM

looks like you are going to need
to take an electrical course nate

just to figure which switch to flip

sure are doing a nice job though

-- 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 11-07-2013 04:24 AM

Don’t know how how can keep that all straight!
Hope Theresa is doing better.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 04:34 AM

Paul, Thank you very much! As it turns out I do enjoy electrical work…but not anywhere near being in the shop! That is where my heart beats, creatively speaking!! I am glad you are getting to do some cool work!

David, No joke. All the reading and brains I have picked I feel like I already have:) disrespect to the education that electricians have…I know I have nothing compared to that!!! Thanks for the compliment!

Lew, I have color coded each circuit so, fingers crossed, I can keep it straight :). if not, it will be allot of resistance testing!

Sorry for not sending the update on top. I will go back and ad that! Theresa is still here in the hospital. The antibiotics are working but it could be a couple more days. I hope not, I hope we can go home tomorrow, but ??. Thanks for all of your prayers.


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

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 02:46 PM

I did notice the color coding, but 3m has a nice number dispenser for wiring that I have found out works
real good. Do not ask why I learned this. Hope you hit the final stages soon, and it looks like you have
found out that it is easier to feed each section of pipe over the wires and then glue the pipe together
rather than glue the pipe and try to pull everything through. Thank you for sharing and hope it is over

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 08:22 PM

Glad to hear your wife is showing good improvement Nate. I hope that will put your mind at rest and I don’t think you should feel useless as I’m sure your support, even though non-medical is a very important part of your wifes recovery.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 09:45 PM

Gus, Thanks for the tip about the 3M product. I will definitely use them next time I do more wiring! Yes, I agree it is easier to feed, glue, feed, glue, etc; especially with that many wires. Thank you for your kinds.

Stefang, Thank you for your support! Yes, I do feel helpless, but there is no way I will leave her side!


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

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 12:19 AM

wow, so i take it you have this all mapped out , knowing where the lines are for what and such, this is a massive operation, to me it looks like something for an industrial park…lol….after all this os over, you should take a vacation, take your sweetie to hawaii , and then on to europe..oh dont tell me you cant afford it, i know you have had to strike gold somewhere in this massive dig, im sure a mini fort knox is now under the shop…lol…gleaming gold….

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

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#9 posted 11-08-2013 01:27 AM

Nate, Glad to hear some positive news on your wife. As far as the wiring project…... that looks like my worst nightmare! You certainly have my respect for tackling this huge job.

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

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#10 posted 11-09-2013 02:31 AM

Bob, the Grizzman, O most definitely, I have triple copies of all my plans, and double copies of my working plans. I am always double checking myself while I work as you know I forget even the simple things.

As for gold, that is a big fat NOPE! I have however found FOOL’S gold!

gfadvm, dreams come from the same place as nightmares:). Thank you very much for the compliment!


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

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