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Putting in the Electric 3

January 12, 2011

Continuing at the back of the house.

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This is down at the other end of the trench…going across the driveway near the pole.

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Check out the size of that rock. This is why digging in this soil is so difficult!

The guys walked the wire up from near the pole all the way up the hill to the back of the hill. The wire is put inside pipe where it goes under the deck and under the driveway. Yep, that is our son helping!

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You see that wire sticking out? That was our phone/internet wire. Yep, they went right through it!

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 13, 2011 9:57 AM

    Lookslike your getting there…………….wish it could be faster!!

    • January 18, 2011 11:29 PM

      We wish it could be faster, too! However, it is happening…one day at a time!

  2. Teddybear aka Byron permalink
    January 14, 2011 1:10 AM

    Wow, with all that rock I would have gone overhead with poles instead of underground to run the electrical service into the house. But I guess things are done differently down there EH! I find it interesting the way they are putting the wire through each piece of conduit instead of putting all the conduit together and then fishing/pulling the wire through it. Up here we have to put about a foot of sand under and over the conduit when it is buried and then treated lumber on top of that along with a tape labelled underground buried cable. If there are a lot of rocks we go with overhead wires on poles. It also costs less here to go overhead than underground. With the cold and frost we get up here the rocks move underground and break the pipe/conduit underground or puncture the cable. Then we have to dig it all up again and do it all over. But it is good that you are making progress and it looks like the snow has disappeared for now. We have just had a major snowstorm up here in the maritime provinces that has closed everything down. Worst storm we have had so far this winter. Hopefully you will soon be inside your new home warm and cozy. What will you do with all that space to move around in? LOL Glad to see things are moving along. Just a suggestion, if you can get a generator that will have enough output power to run your major appliances like your fridge, freezer, water pump and a few lights and outlets. The building we live in has a propane generator that starts when the power goes out to keep the heat on and a few lights. So far it has only kicked in twice this winter for a short period of time when we lost power due to high wind storms. God Bless.

    • January 18, 2011 11:27 PM

      Hi, Byron, because our house is all electric, they brought the power to the house for free and without locking us into a minimum power usage contract. The reason they went underground was to save our trees…which we really appreciate. The big rocks are nothing for a backhoe. It is just difficult for us when digging by hand. 🙂

      Apparently, they don’t have any trouble with the frozen ground shifting enough to hurt the cable. Because of how long the distance was, the woman had them use a heavier gauge/thicker wire. You couldn’t just run it through the pipes. You had to run the pipes over it. The only place they put the pipes was under the driveway and under the future deck. They can fish it that short distance, but not all the way up the hill.

      We are grateful to have it underground. Putting in the second pole like they were going to do would have cost us a LOT of trees and gone across our view.

      We can’t afford a generator right now, but would love to have one at some point.

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