Power Upgrade #24: Inspection Day!

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 12-18-2013 02:41 PM 1811 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So December 4th was Inspection Day. The inspector spent about 15 to 20 walking around. I showed him all the boxes, though only the insides of a few since not all of them are done. He was just checking the trench work, wire and conduit. He was happy and I was very happy. Shortly after he left, I started to backfill with sand. So yes, I PASSED! I didn’t have to change a thing! Thank God!

I still have communication wire to put in, both telephone and CAT5e wire. So I am covering the electrical conductor wire with a foot of sand then I will lay the como wire over that, re-sand, then backfill with our soil. I started back in the big barn, where I also have to lay the air line. Because of its location and because I like to have control, I backfilled with buckets. The sand was frozen on the outside of the pile so I had to break it apart.

This first picture shows where the sand pile is, just past the second trench. I couldn’t get it any closer, though I wish I really had!

I am really happy with the fill sand. I have found a few rocks, and I through those out. But I confident that I am doing everything within my power to protect the wire.

I did not count how many trips of two bucket loads this was; I hate working like that. I like to set a small goal and push to that. Today my goal was the corner where the Dust Collection Trench merges. Sometimes I have to quite early if my body just says I am pushing to hard. My vision in my right eye will go out and I will get an increase in vertigo attacks. Other times, I can work for a long time, but then when I stop I know I over did it and I will get a headache, so it is a balancing act. It gets very, very frustrating! But I am thankful that I can still do this kind of work!

So I made it to my goal! But I ran out of sand doing it. I am going to have to order more!

I still have SO much more trench to fill!

Thanks for reading…

Much More to Follow….


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

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 03:10 PM

I hope the cats don’t find that! That is one huge litter box!

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 03:14 PM

Must be an AWESOME feeling to be this close to done!!

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

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 03:43 PM

Nate, happy to hear you passed this inspection; always good when you reach each milestone. Each time I read one of your posts I thank God that I got through my service with only the normal wear and tear on a soldiers body. I know there has to be a sense of great pride meeting these milestones and feel joy for you when you meet them. Good news that your wife is home and healing pray that she continues to improve. Looking forward to hearing more of your adventures in the future.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 04:13 PM

congratulations nate

pace yourself please

at least some fresh sand
will be easier to load
before it is frozen

i sent a mail to the air force
they are ready to do an honorary fly-by
when you give them the word

still haven’t heard back from the goodyear blimp folks yet
but the guys at area 51
said they might have something available too
(keep your eyes peeled they are hard to spot)

-- 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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#5 posted 12-18-2013 07:47 PM

so if i have thgis right, all of the electrical work was to get power to the dog pen and the laundry..LOL,,,LOL…oh i am so funny….are you laughing with me….i hope so, dont chase me with a shovel….lol

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

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 12:31 AM

You are getting closer to having full services, great job

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

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 01:41 AM

Good news on the inspection!

Buckets??? You REALLY need a tractor or a Bobcat my friend!

Carry on (but rent a tractor or Bobcat!)

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

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 01:44 AM

Hopefully you placed some caution tape in the trench to warn future excavators about what’s in the ground.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#9 posted 12-19-2013 04:46 AM

That’s is a great workout:)

I am glad you passed inspection. Did he go under the house?

It’s almost switch flipping time!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 08:50 AM

SirFatty, Heck No, it would be Kitty season then! :) Not really, I don’t have but maybe to stray barn cats.

Lew, It totally does!

Bob, Thanks for the encouragement! You are very kind!

David, HA HA, very funny! I like the Area 51 bit!

Grizz, come a little closer:).

Thank you Norm!

gfadvm, I would LOVE a bobcat, but buckets will have to do!

Bogey, I will be placing caution tape down after I cover the como wire.

Ian, I showed him under the house but he did not crawl under there. Strange huh?

Thanks for the encouragement guys!


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

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 04:09 AM

Congratulations Nate on passing a very intensive test with that inspection! Be proud of your accomplishments because you have worked extremely hard to get this far.
I know you have so much work ahead, but some day these blogs we’ve all been avidly following, will become a fantastic journey for you to revisit with awe … knowing what you actually achieved. Just keep yourself strong and healthy!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 12-28-2013 12:52 AM

Whats this…...... not a single notice to comply? astounding and a reflection on how much work care and pride you have put into the job.

The inspector must have been a fellow LJ and monitored your progress otherwise he would have been asking millions of questions!

Great work now raise your your right arm arm so the elbow is horiziontal with your shoulder then grasp your forearm in your left hand incline it about 45 deg to the left and pull your left hand back and forth so your right hand strikes your back. .. (gently)

-- Regards Rob

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