Power Upgrade #31: Nearly There...I can almost taste it!

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 07-26-2014 12:56 PM 1844 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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O what a summer it has been! I bet you all know what I am talking about. As the school year winds down you look forward to a change of pace, some R&R and some time to really get things done…...Right!!!!...I forgot summer is busier than the school year. When the boys are in school your wife can’t come home and say, “Hey, I’m feeling good, lets go the lake for the next three days.” And then when you get back its a BBQ at Dads and a get together at the brother-in-laws. Whew…Now seriously, I am not complaining. Really, after the year my family just had, some awesome time together was just the ticket. But the projects at home still need doing:).

(But First, let me say, Theresa is doing much better. She is still on a lot of medication and probably will be for the rest of her life. Her energy level is about 1/2 what it used to but she is up and out in the summer weather. Its awesome. I am doing ok myself, the migraines and vertigo have been hitting me like a freight train lately. The VA stopped giving the Botox treatment until they could find another Dr so I was way past due and feeling it. Thankfully I saw the Dr on Thursday so it should get better. I still have abdominal issues they are working on and have a surgery lingering in the future but I am putting it off as long as I can.)

Now to the meat of the matter:).

After I finished the Clothes Line Light feed I moved into the Ag Well. Then got taken up in the summer stuff and just left my tools in the well house for a little while. Thankful it is a dry safe place. This is the Ag Well (old picture)

I forgot to take pictures of what it looked like before and then of the work I did up to this point. Basically, there was one 3/4 EMT that came nearly straight to an outlet box which then took the power to the well switch and so on. It was much to near the surface so I rerouted everything, upgraded the wiring, separated the wires that go to the outlet/heat lamp and well pump, and installed a light. I have had to do maintenance in the dark!

Eventually there will be a fire pit between the big barn and the house. I wanted to put a small post on the other side of the well to hold and outlet so we had power for music, food, what ever the wife wanted or the need required. I drilled through the block using the Dewalt Hammer Drill and ran the EMT all the way through. Then I sunk the post and hooked up the outlet.

After that was complete, it was on to the “New House Well.” (Old picture)

This well was a mess! It was and still is currently inactive, though the well itself is still good. It was put in many years ago when they used the old soft poly pipe. That stuff it a nightmare to maintain but easy to cut out:). Basically I pulled everything out but the pressure tank and copied everything I did over in the Ag Well set up minus the Post on the other side. Instead I had to add another leg that was going to eventually run out under the driveway to another driveway post light.

I was able to bring the lines through in a neat and orderly fashion while giving the well house much more space. (It is much smaller than the other two) I have finished everything but the light fixture. I am going to hold off placing the heat lamp until we actually plumb the well. (The one you see in the photos is the old one)

That is it currently. I am going to be putting on the light then that well will be done! Then I have about three more moderate steps and we can get the power company out here to transfer the power over! I will keep you posted. Don’t be surprised if it takes a bit, with the end of summer looming I see many camping trips coming:).

Thanks for reading and staying with me. You all are awesome!

More to Follow….


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

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 01:23 PM

This must be a huge project. It seems to be coming along very well. I’m glad to hear that your wife is better. Chronic health issues can be very tough to live with, especially when you and your wife both have them. I’m glad to see that in spite of this you are keeping a positive attitude and making your life matter. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 01:43 PM

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. And yes the power upgrade was and is a huge undertaking:). But like I tell my wife, it will be so worth it.


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

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 01:51 PM

So glad to hear you and the family are doing well. Bet the boys are NOT looking forward to the end of summer!!

I am looking forward to the day they “throw the switch” and you have all of the power you need!

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

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 01:55 PM

Coming along nicely Nate, keep up the great work!

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 03:16 PM

tasting it
thats one way to see if you have power
another is to turn on a light

glad you and theresa are doing better
(i know its all relative)

all your work is top notch

well done

-- 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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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 03:32 PM

Brother Lew! Good to hear from you! Surprise there, the boys are looking forward to school. Its a new school, teacher and all…charter…so…me:) and lots of help!!!! I cant wait either….no I can cause I have too:). Waiting, as it turns out is something I am halfway good at. If my eyes would have let me I was going to sniper school. But they don’t color blind Joes go get lost in the woods when they cannot read all the lines on the map in the dark under a red lens! I guess God knew what he was doing, my heart couldn’t have handled being a sniper. :)

Brother Philip, thanks for ever and always encouraging me!!!!

Brother David, I think I will follow you advice and see it:). Thanks for the encouragement! You have a steadfast and cheerful heart.

Sorry Mike, your a Brother too:)

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

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#7 posted 07-26-2014 04:44 PM

This continues to amaze me, your workmanship is exceptional, the scope is beyond gigantic. Glad everybody is doing the best they can, hang in there.

I am struck with the thought that you won’t know what yo do with yourself once this project is completed and you have all of that time on your hands, maybe take up woodworking as a hobby ;)

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 07-26-2014 05:09 PM

I was just thinking while I was looking at projects that I needed to PM you as I have not seen anything lately. Happy to hear you and the wife are doing better. While I can utilize the VA I am glad I presently do not have to. It must be tough to loose a doctor and have to wait for them to find another. Project is looking great and good times with the family are always welcome. Looking forward to the next installment of you power project. Take care.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#9 posted 07-26-2014 06:40 PM

Lots of improvement at the homestead and with health issues, glad to see getting work done and wife is better, it just seems when there is a well issue it is never a small task, but you are moving forward quite well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 07-26-2014 07:15 PM

wow nate, you are one awesome dude, you’re one heck of a worker and your work looks impeccable..having that light in there will change the whole thing, pretty upscale …take it easy amigo..know your in my thoughts and prayers, and T also…enjoy the camping…i sure miss it…maybe someday we can have a camping trip…some day…:)........

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

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#11 posted 07-26-2014 08:16 PM

Oh Man … good progress (small steps Brother, small steps) and oh by the way …


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 07-27-2014 12:32 AM

Nate, Once again you wore me out just looking at all the work you have accomplished! Your electricalwork all looks so professional and neat (not like my elec work at all!) Glad you are nearing the end of this long journey.

Great news on your wife’s health improvement! I was praying for totally cured but sometimes we have to be satisfied with what we get.

Carry on

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

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#13 posted 07-29-2014 02:13 AM

Brother Nate-
Funny you should say that about snipers. Just read someplace that during WWII the Japanese used color blind soldiers for snipers because they weren’t distracted by colors and more sensitive to seeing movements!

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

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#14 posted 07-29-2014 02:31 AM

Excellent work, Nate. “It can’t be done” is not in your vocabulary. I’m guessing that the buried well equipment is to prevent freezing temps, but was not aware it could be that cold in northern CA. Wish you continued healing and rehab, and Godspeed to you and your family. —Karl

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#15 posted 07-30-2014 02:06 PM

Brother Kenn, Thanks. Ha, take up woodworking…thats a good one…but it sure feels like it I have been out of the shop for so long!

Brother Bob, Thanks for the flow of encouragement! Yes the VA can be very tough but honestly I have some really good doctors!

Brother Norm, No kidding about the Wells. Thank you for the kind word!

Brother Grizz, Thanks for you continuing encouraging word! And yes it would be great to go out camping some day.

Brother Joe, Thanks. I take it you mean the Dewalts. Me too:). I have been using them for six years. They are very faithful workers.

Brother gfadvm, thank you for such high praise and for the encouragement. Definitely thank you for the prayers.

Brother Lew, I did not know that about the Japanese snipers. Cool, you learn something new every day.

Brother Karl, Thank you!! True, I do hate the words “It can’t be done!” I call those people “defeatists.” In my experience defeatists have given up before they have even began. They see an obstacle, perhaps it challenges them mentally or maybe it is just going to be “To Much Work” so they refuse to follow the path their heart was initially leading them.

O yes, up here it gets down to 5 or 6 degrees for a week or two, but the rest of normal winter at night sits just below freezing usually.

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

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