It’s worse than you might think…
Not really. I do usually like to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while I work in the shop. Never more than one. This evening I was working on a table I’m making and I was sanding the aprons with the ROS. I had a glass of wine in a tumbler nearby that I was sipping from.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m sanding for hours, I have my headphones on and I tend to zone out. I didn’t notice my glass of wine was slowly vibrating off the piece of wood I was sanding until I heard it fall over… and spill straight down into my new cabinet saw. Arrrghhh!
So I cleaned up as best I good and wiped it down but it went down into it so I’m sure there is some left inside it somewhere. Wine is very acidic but hopefully it won’t cause any problems.
On the subject of my new table saw, I bought a Grizzly 690 a few weeks ago. I was really excited about it of course and I rushed home early the day that UPS Freight delivered it.
I assembled it right away of course and didn’t find any issues other than one missing knob for keeping the motor cabinet closed.
As soon as I had it all assembled, I tried to plug it into the 220V plug where the dryer used to be plugged into. Nothing happened. Hmm.
I bought this house in August and it came with a gas operated dryer that only uses 120V so the 220V plug next to it had been abandoned at some point. I assumed that it worked but I guess not. I checked the subpanel and realized that they must have disconnected it and used it for something else.
My house is currently running only 100amps which is far too little for all my tools. I got a few quotes on upgrading to 200amp service but they’re all much higher than I want to pay. Plus, I had to beg my wife for the saw in the first place, but she’ll kill me if I have to tell her that I need to spend another $2500 just to get it working. So I’ve decided I’m going to do some of the work myself, then hire an electrician to do the last part of it that I’m not comfortable with (changing out the service lines).
Today I started by tearing out the old peg board where I plan to put the new 200 amp panel. Then I went to home depot and picked up a new 200amp panel, 200 amp meter plug, weatherhead, and 2” conduit.
I wish I could do the whole job myself because I really don’t want to pay and arm and a leg to do it. Does anybody else have any advice or tips for doing a 200 amp upgrade? Especially in California where you have to deal with PG&E?
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