My Trench & Wire Passed…

the electrical inspection. Cool! The Inspector told me to make damn sure that there are no sharp edged rocks against the wire because over time the wire will be cut. Wants me to walk down the trench and pull about 6 inches of clean dirt (clean dirt?) over the top of the wire before backfilling. I can do that. I actually do (most times) listen to the experts.

Got out at the property about 0900 and started trying to stretch out the water pipe. By the time Brian (our son) showed up I was pretty much soaked to the skin, muddy from head to toe and tired. Rain didn’t let up either. We mostly stretched the water pipe out using a blow torch to heat the pipe and a lot of muscle. But by noon I had had enough and called it a day. We’re supposed to get some nicer weather in a couple of days and we’ll meet back out there and finish it. I may have to rent a smaller excavator to do the backfill. At $185/day it’s cheaper than Bob the dirt guy.

I was SO muddy I thought about driving home naked. But then I got a look at the inside of my truck and figured it wouldn’t make that much difference! Got home, stripped and jumped into a hot shower to get warmed up and I’ve just been sitting around (well, if you don’t count doing some laundry, dishes, fixing dinner and straightening up) watching tv. Finally got off my ass and built a fire; was getting kind of cool in here.

That’s it.

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Damn, I Am SO Sore!

Got up at 0600 and was out of the house shortly after 0700. Stopped by the rental place and rented a trencher. I’ve never operated one before and I probably never will again! Man, that thing is a trenching fool but harder than hell to turn. After putting in about 50 feet of trench I was drenched with sweat. But it worked; now the water goes around the area where we wanted to work today.

Finished with the trencher about 0930, loaded it up on the trailer and took it back to the rental place. Only cost $100. Not too bad. Got back to the property just in time to follow Bob up the hill.

We spent the next 5 hours digging a trench from the dome hole to where the transformer is going in. While Bob trenched I pulled the wire (damn that stuff gets heavy!) and tried to unroll the water line. Not an easy job! The water line was really too cold to unroll easily so it got only about half done. If that. And one of Bob’s pistons sprung a leak and was shooting hydraulic fluid all over the place. Bummer.

Finished up about 1530 and by the time I got home I was so sore I almost fell getting out of the truck! I’m getting too damned old for this stuff! Took a long hot shower and have just been sitting around watching tv. Smallville was pretty good tonight.


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