Power Upgrade #22: The House Lines

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 12-17-2013 03:06 PM 1266 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With all the small wire laid, I could finally run the last bit of large 2/0 wire from the Generac 200Amp Panel, into the inside House 100Amp Panel. It also needed to be routed under the concrete walkway. I spoiled it out and into the Generac Panel first, then pulled, measured, cut and re-ran it from there.

The new panel is going to be located in the laundry room as it cannot go where the old was is. (Which is in the closet and is against code…and very unsafe anyway!) I am going to build a secondary wall to hide all the wiring that is going to be running in there as well as to carry the panel itself.

I had to remove the propane heater that was located here, hence the towel in the wall. Don’t worry. I fix that!:)This gives me plenty of extra to work with!

So then, the day before Thanksgiving, we woke up in the morning and after my wife got out of the shower we noticed the boys shower was making a funny “popping” noise. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach as I went outside. The trench that led straight to the house was full of sludge and waste water!

Turns out that an old connection that someone slapped together instead of getting the right parts finally broke, I think from the freezing temperatures.

I was hoping it would be a quick fix, but alas, no such luck. I ended up having to replace the entire slope run of 16 feet or so.

Then, when I was hooking that up, I found a crack in the 45 clean out, where last Thanksgiving I had to pull a huge root out.

I dug it out and found the original was never glued on and roots had invaded the seam causing leaking and cracking. Also the original down pipe was so old it was not standard 4in PVC.

I had to use a rubber sleeve coupler to connect the two. I then wrapped them with two rolls of self sealing silicone tape. Since plants do not like copper, I wrapped the joint in bare copper wire. It should keep any future attack from roots away! That, and the absence of leaks will help!

Now I can get back to the electrical stuff.

I don’t know what it is about Thanksgiving, but this is two years in a row that I have been elbows deep in waste!

It really wasn’t a terrible Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for! My lovely wife is here and healing. I have two awesome sons, many, many friends, great property, and many dreams that have seen reality. It was actually a great Thanksgiving!

Thats all for now, 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 12-17-2013 03:50 PM

Perseverance Nate, perseverance. Like you said, all is not bad. It could have been Christmas morning.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 04:38 PM

Thanks Bogey, Absolutely! I am praying everything goes smoothly Christmas Morning:).


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

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 02:07 AM

Fixing the old and broken is just another of the joys of home ownership! I’ve been fixing “half assed” stuff at my place for 18 years. The guy who built all these must not have planned on living here long!

The leak in my wife’s bathroom ceiling last summer was where 2 pieces of PVC drain pipe were just butted together and duct taped! The most amazing thing was that it took almost 35 years for that “joint” to start leaking!

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

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 05:35 AM

You are really courageous and committed.
I have always wanted a ranch but my wife is not ready for that. Seeing all you have to do, I am kind of rethinking that idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 01:59 PM

gfadvm, it always amazes me the great length people with go to to be lazy only to work harder in the future. I shouldn’t be amazed or surprised. Its in our nature. I am guilty of it too, and then I really regret it later! If we would just listen to the wisdom whispering in our ear.

Wow, duct taped together, I am impress it lasted that long! That is a testament to the grey tape. Had he glued it, it would still be working for another 70 years or more though. (Baring any acts of God)

Ian, Thank you but it doesn’t take courage to do this:). I learned early in the military no matter how hard something looked or was, if it was to be done then there was nothing else for it. We would spend hours setting up Forward Positions, just to have a Colonel come and say he liked the spot 400 meters farther southwest of us better. So we would pull everything up and redue it, working on into the night and then pull guard duty and sick call. I figure, if I can work that hard for a Colonels whims then why not for my own thought out desires.

And all ranches take work, but not all ranches take this kind of work. I am a dreamer! Don’t let me discourage you from your dream. It is so worth it!


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

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 03:20 PM

What a mess, Nate.

As the owner of an old house, I know that “popping” noise all too well!

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

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