Power Upgrade #17: A Scattering

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-09-2013 04:11 AM 1802 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Still in the Hospital!

But, after a night in the ICU, the next night pushing through another code call and seeing my beloved fight through yet another episode of septic shock; she is finally on the mountain top! The hope is that after her IV antibiotics tomorrow that her labs will allow us to return home to continue the medications orally. She is doing so much better. Again, it is so difficult to describe the relief and gratitude the healing God has shown her. It has been a long, long, long, long week!

So this blog will be kind of a catch all for all the various little “octopus” arms of the project that I have left hanging out there. When you are working with a crew, these branch projects and loss ends are quickly dealt with simply by delegation. With the big crew of me, myself and I, the task of delegation part really gets in the way of the working part:).

So, when the weather was warm and I was feeling good, I loved working in the late evening and into the early night. During that time, I ran the lines to the three lamp posts. I used 12in concrete tubes as a base form. We get crazy winds, sometimes up to 100 miles an hour so is important that they have good roots.

Unfortunately I did not get photos of placing the other two! My phone died. But I did get a few shot of this, and I wanted to share them with you. I was walking back the shop to get some wire, and a sparkling caught my eye. When I went over to it, this is what I saw. I apologize for the poor quality.

The light from my headlamp was glinting off the spiders eyes, like diamonds.

It reminded me of Iraq. I was on an Airbase outside of Tal Afar. Light discipline was not in effect so I was using my headlamp without the red filter, white exposed!

It was getting late, (probably around 11PM) and I had just finished reporting to the Aid Station and was walking across the field at the head of the runway. I was getting lost in thought, my head was low, keeping the beam on the ground in front of me, when I realized there were all these sparkles in the periphery of my beam. I stopped and walked over to one, crouching down to get a better look. To my surprise, it was a spider, peering at me from under a small rock. Its eyes were glinting when the light hit them just right. As I stood up and looked around, consciously aware of the sparkles now, I saw that they literally surrounded me. They weren’t big spiders, they weren’t the popular “Camel Spider.” They were just small spiders.

When I was growing up in the high desert of California, I was always told there was one spider for one square foot of the desert. Now I could actually believe it…and actually I bet there are even more! This particular spider was about the size of a nickel.

Here is an update on the “New House Well.” I got pole up, the line run and the 50 Amp box up. Most of the wiring is done there but I still have to climb in the well and do that wiring. There is also a GFICircuit that comes down with an outlet that faces the barn.

I used my Dewalt demo drill with a Bosch 1-1/8 Carbide Tipped Drill Bit to drill through the well wall for the new wiring. The old wiring went through only 8in under ground. I found these cool flex fittings at the Hardware store to help the transition from pole to wall. I have to say I am very impressed.

Again, for something different. One of Theresa’s friends made her a US Flag out of a piece of tin roofing. T wanted me to hang it so that one could view it from the highway that passes in front of the property. I actually miss understood her and hung it facing the correct way, but by her glass shop, which has more visibility from the highway. She wanted it over the dog run. But once she saw it, she was very happy!

I am proud to be an American, and of the RED, WHITE and BLUE!

Finally, I forgot the last 50Amp circuit I had to run. This circuit was for a future barn. The plan was not to run the entire line, but to run it half way and set up a junction box, as I was not sure exactly where the new building was going to be! I cannot foresee that far ahead, even though I try my hardest! My father gave me a length of 6/3 Copper Direct Bury Cable. It was the perfect selection for this circuit.

I ran the wire from the House Generac 200 Amp Panel and down the trench with the same wire for the “Pool 50 Amp Panel.”

Here you can see the Medium Box holds a set of 6/3 wires for running power to a new barn (once it gets built) a set of 10/3 and accompanying 14/2 to control the lights, and another to control the light to either a round corral if we ever get horses or more outside lights? The small single gang box holds the line for driveway lights that will reside atop block pillars right around there. (One around that “Pool Panel” and the other on the other side of the driveway [out of the frame]) Once the block pillars are in, the rail road tie will disappear.

And finally, the lights that go to the laundry line. I still have to run the line in a conduit sweep, then into the pipe, then back out again and over to the other pole.

Thank you again for reading along. I am sorry that this particular posting jumped all over.

More to follow…


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

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 04:31 AM

sure am glad theresa is feeling better nate
a big blessing for you both

you even have lights on the clothesline !

what will you think of next ?

here is something about that
i got in the mail


This is funny and yet quite true. We are probably the last generation that will remember what a clothesline was.

Great memories for some of us!

Remembering Mom’s Clothesline

There is one thing that’s left out. We had a long wooden poles, (clothes pole), that was used to push the clotheslines up so that longer items,
(sheets/pants/etc.), didn’t brush the ground and get dirty. I can hear my mother now.


(If you don’t even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes… NOT the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs… NOT the waistbands.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes – walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites” with “whites,” and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven’s sake!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your “unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y’know!)

8. It didn’t matter if it was sub-zero weather… Clothes would “freeze-dry.”

9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were “tacky”!

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.

11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

12. IRONED? Well, that’s a whole OTHER subject!

Clothesline was a news forecast, To neighbors passing by, There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew If company had stopped by to spend a night or two.

For then you’d see the “fancy sheets”, And towels upon the line; You’d see the “company table cloths”, With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby’s birth, From folks who lived inside, As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could, So readily be known By watching how the sizes changed, You’d know how much they’d grown!

It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung; Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, “On vacation now”, When lines hung limp and bare. It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged, With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and gray, As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make work much less. Now what goes on inside a home, is anybody’s guess!

I really miss that way of life, it was a friendly sign when neighbors knew each other best… By what hung on the line!

-- 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 11-09-2013 04:49 AM

So glad to hear Theresa is doing better. Hope you all get home soon!

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

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 04:57 AM

well, i cant imagine how lonnnnnnnnnnnng it all added up to, but you both seem to have gotten through it, and am looking forward to the next blog where it says that your home…i bet teresa is going to be the happiest about that…now the real perplexing thing is this so called “pool” line or there abouts, is there any kind of explanation..will it be an olympic size pool, or a lap pool…and will there be a lane for the dog…that would be quite nice…:).....i hope your all home soon…

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

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 04:59 AM

So very glad to hear Theresa’s health is finally recovering. I’m sure she is ready to be back home and enjoy your home cooked meals. She’ll still have to take it easy for awhile. Maybe not even doing any glass work till after Thanksgiving. And that day you’ll really have so many thanks to render. God bless you both!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 05:02 AM


Thanks for sharing that! That is really cool! I don’t remember ever not having a cloths line. Even in the military we hung some of our laundry. It is so right though, not many people do now!!!!


Thank you so much! I will keep you all posted.


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

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 05:19 AM

Grizzman- Its been 10 days! Yes indeed, she wants to be home so bad! Awe, yes the “Pool Panel!” It is so easy for me to forget that what I think, and then write, does not automatically transfer into exact carbon copy images of what I am thinking into the readers mind.:) The “Pool Box” is currently for our Intex above ground. It is nothing fancy! Just the local Walmart special. But it sits so far from the house that in order to run the filters I had to run a very long extension cord. The safe and energy efficient answer was to put in a panel, especially since someday, we would love to put in a “real” pool! :)

Russell, Thank you so much, that is very kind of you! You bet. We really are Blessed!!


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

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 09:53 AM

So Glad to hear that Your Wife will be coming Home soon Nate!
TLC can be dispensed better there than anywhere!

Unless I’m mistaken, it looks like you’ll be
having a “Burial Party” pretty soon
for all of that spaghetti you’ve got running through your Yard!
You’ve done Great, allowing for future options
is Smart Planning…
You likely had a lot of time to think about it though,
while the trenches were being dug in the first place… :)

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

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#8 posted 11-09-2013 10:45 AM

Spiders eh well they are exactly the same in Aust.
When I first saw them I was amazed that something so small would reflect so much light.
You were lucky to be able to take a photo, otherwise most would not believe you.

Good work all round.

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 11-09-2013 12:31 PM

Thank God for watching over Teresa, the children and you through all of this. So happy that she is making positive strides in her recovery, wishing her the very best with the future.

I believe you have installed more copper lines and sub-panels than the combined inventories of our local Lowe’s, Home Depot and Menards combined.
Have you made any plans to connect all those circuits to a monitoring panel and your computer? ...just kidding. :-)
...but it would be cool to be able to controll the network with a ‘smart phone’.

Best Regards. – Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#10 posted 11-09-2013 02:06 PM

Glad to hear of the upside of things. Carry on.

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

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#11 posted 11-09-2013 04:18 PM

Maybe the best place for your wife was in hospital … while all that yard work is in such upheaval! But I must say how relieved I am for you all that Teresa is on the mend!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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