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Power Upgrade #27: Buckets and Buckets of Sand

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 03-27-2014 09:56 PM 780 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: Sand Part 27 of Power Upgrade series Part 28: Telephone! »

What can I say, I am a glutton for punishment! In all actuality, I don’t mind hard work! Being an enlisted soldier, I am used to working my butt off getting a particular job done to fulfill the orders of my commanding officer, only to be told to pack everything all up and move it down another 500 meters because he fancies a better spot. I figure that if I can bleed, sweat and toil for a man I respect only because of the rank he wears on his uniform, then why would I not work just as hard building a good home for my family?

The truth is, what ever I do I pour myself into whatever I do! The Word says in Col 2:23-24 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. So I am always working as if the King is coming to inspect my work!

So back to the buckets! Tractors really would help here anyway as there is no way to get around all those trenches.

This 3in Conduit holds all of the wire for the 4way circuits that run from the woodshop to the house. Most are just outside lighting circuits.

This is the junction box inside the woodshop. There are eight different 4 way circuits that run from this box back to the house.

This particular run will power the dogs water tank heater as well as the floor warmer in their new dog house!

Almost to the Main Panel! But I was done for the day! I made it to the large pit at least!

After a few days of wrestling with more headaches! I was able to get back to it! Thankfully I thought ahead and during the first my first deliver of sand, the in which I had to shovel it out. I strategically placed a few small piles around so I did not have to walk to far all the time! The bummer part was that it was frozen so I had to get through the outside six inches and break it all up.

It felt so good to watch the cables and wire get covered with soft sand!

My brother-in-law, Shawn Butterbach, who is a very dear friend as well, came over after a few hours and really helped me out! He filled the buckets while I carried and poured them out. It was nice to have help. It more than doubled my efficiency time! He helped me finish one pile and move right on to the next!

We even filled up most of the Main Panel Recess with the required sand level.

Thats if for this one! Thanks for reading!!!

More to follow…

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



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sgmdwk

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 10:07 PM

Love your attitude, old-time values.

-- Dave K.

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Bob Current

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 10:14 PM

Good job sir, this will be a hard act to follow.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 10:20 PM

Snow on the ground and short sleeved shirts. You guys really worked up a sweat!!

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

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 10:40 PM

I worked my butt off when we bought my new place so I totally understand the concept. I have often thought that there was no way I would have worked that hard for money on someone else’s place! I think that is referred to as a labor of love!

You are getting there! I know it’s hard but try not to overdo and wreck your health.

I’ve lived at my “new” place for 19 years now and still have to pinch myself every morning to make sure it’s not a dream!

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

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 11:24 PM

Dave K, Thank you! I have to give the credit to my parents for raising me that way!

Bob, Not at all! There are so many LJs here that are brighter, stronger and more dedicated than I!

Lew, Yes sir, we were sweating like crazy! Sand is hard work, especially wet sand!! But you know that:).

gfadvm, I am glad you are so happy on your property. That is part of the American Dream!!! From the work you post, especially your cabinets, I can only imagine that your property is a beautiful wonderland! (I have to admit I am envious of your raised panel machine:).) Thank you ever so much for encouraging me.

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

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 11:50 PM

Nate, That “raised panel machine” is a tablesaw! I learned the technique from a LJ blog.

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

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lanwater

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#7 posted 03-28-2014 05:08 AM

I am sweating just imagining it :)

Nice touch for the dogs heater and floor warmer.

You are a good and generous man Nate. Not too many people will do that.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 03-28-2014 12:03 PM

The 4th pic is really cool, I don’t much care for the trench itself, but I loved the dogs looking up at you and the way you can see it all on the shadows and envision it.

very cool, well done sir!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 03:36 AM

gfadvm, Sorry about that! I got confused! I thought you had the Hawk Panel Master.

Abbas, Thanks for the kind words brother! I honest couldn’t see doing it any other way! The dogs are as much family as we are! They keep us safe, they love on us when we hurt or grieve, they snuggle us when we grow tired and they love to play!

Jake, Thank you! I meant to add a comment about that but I forgot:)! Thanks!

Nate

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

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 04:41 AM

The fourth picture is a really cool picture indeed.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 11:18 PM

Glad to hear you’re up and atom Nate. Work safe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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