Power Upgrade #19: Continuing On

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-14-2013 05:14 AM 2494 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Theresa was released from the hospital on Saturday! Of course she was given a huge list of drug prescriptions that had to be filled before we could get home. Although it only took less than an hour to fill them, it seemed like forever, when you have spent the last 10 nights in the hospital and all you want to do is get your wife home, and comfortable. It seems the only way I got through it, was more coffee:). Thank you all for your love, support and encouragement!!!!

To get back to the project! I wanted to share this little tool! It is a great “third hand” sold by Wera. It is a screw clamp that attaches to a screwdriver or a bit. I am very impressed and highly recommend it! It works great for nonmagnetic screws!

Now on to electricity.:)

I set up a junction box that connects the generator feeds to the house and to the woodshop. You can see the empty spot in each of the insulated connectors. (I love those things!!)

The double gang box below the junction panel holds the control wires which communicate with the generator, for the automatic switches in each panel.

Everything is connected!

And the ground installed. There is a #4 ground wire that leads to a 3/4-10foot ground rod! Also a #10 ground wire that grounds the small control box.

(I hate heights and ladders…funny I know, coming from an Airborne, Air Assault Combat Medic! But I did not always hate them. It was only after my injuries and issues with vertigo that the dislike arise! The botox shots have helped immensely, but I still get attacks, which makes doing things like this…walking a thin line of stupidity and common sense! I couldn’t help but complicate things by taking a photo of how it looks from my side. Add in a bit of swirling and, Ta! Da!, you got it!:)) My son was a big help in keeping me up!

I thank God for good tools! This particular rod was the hardest yet! It took almost a full ten minutes of actual pounding to get it in the ground. Must have hit some serious rock. With out the D25501K Combination Demo Hammer Drill, I would no doubt still be out there, pounding away.

The main panel has 2×3/4-10 foot, copper plated steel ground rods separated six feet apart. They will be connected with 1/0 bare copper cable, once I get it installed. The 200 Amp feed through panel next to the Main Panel has a single 3/4-10 foot rod, connected by a #4 bare copper wire.

The 200 Amp Feed Through Panel Ground

Brentan learned how to handle the larger power tools, while installing the second of the 400 Amp Main Ground Rods.

The two rods connected with conduit; awaiting cable!

Thanks for reading! I have so much more to do:). Life just got a lot more complicated with T walking the edge of death like she did, so my demand is needed elsewhere that in the trenches. :) I gotta take care of my sweetheart! I will work as I can and keep you posted.

More to Follow….


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

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 11:29 AM

It’s WONDERFUL to hear of Tereasa’s home coming; and I know she’ll recover quickly now with your home care, her meds, and our continued prayers.

Thanks for the update including the trench work. Your son is learning from a true OCD professional. Things are REALLY looking just super. Where did you learn such great electrical knowledge. They don’t teach that kind of thing to medical staff in the Army do they?

Give Tereasa our friendly love and assurance that God’s mighty healing hand is upon her shoulders.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 12:15 PM


We couldn’t be happier to hear of Teresa’s progress and her return to her Family at home.
God bless the efforts and all that was accomplished by her Medical Team, God bless you and the children for being such a great support Team. Life is not the way it’s supposed to be.. It’s the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.
Lord, even when the odds seem against us, help us to trust in You.

Thank you for including your LJ family in your Journey.

Best Regards. – 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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#3 posted 11-14-2013 12:16 PM

Welcome Home, Theresa!

Nate, I cannot begin to comprehend what you have gone thru the past couple of weeks. Mimi and I will continue to send good thoughts and prayers for you and you family.


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

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 03:19 PM

Good things happen just beyond two beautiful rainbows Nate! Glad to hear life is returning to (almost) normal, inside and out!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 11-15-2013 06:24 AM

Its great to hear your wife Theresa is back home.
Your son is doing all the work while you are slacking::))

Seriously he is learning great skills that will come handy.

The other good news is the tranches are getting filled! You are making steady progress.

Don’t forget to take a rest.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 11-15-2013 07:42 AM

Gr8 to hear good news. Your son is doing a fine job it seems.

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2013 01:14 PM

Nate, I’m very glad Theresa is home and on the road to recovery. I have loved reading about your “toils and trouble” and I love your positive outlook on life! Kudos to you! I love your attention to details and the care you take in your work. I know it will pay off in the long run when and if problems should arise, you will easily find where it occurred and it will be easy to rectify the problem. Keep up the great work!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 11:14 AM

WOW, everyone, I am so SORRY! I did not realize I did not respond. Please forgive me for being rude! Thank you all for your kindness and encouragement! As you can imagine, it has been very interesting as things have been getting colder.:)


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

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