Thursday, September 6, 2018

We're moving underground!

When I started this project I always knew I would have to move the electric service away from the building. Scheduling and implementing these types of things create some logistical challenges. Builders, power companies and other utilities are never on the same schedule, nor could they be. It's up the the general contractor/homeowner/builder to coordinate these things.

Wires that were moved underground, before the pole barn was built.
I've never had to do any of this, so it is all new to me. Living in a very friendly rural area, folks are easy going and laid back so I thought things would be easy. They were for the most part. However, my ignorance of procedures, policies and the like did create some angst but I was able to overcome each issue and we now have safe underground power routed away from the building and life as we know it was restored.

I was going to move the power prior to erecting the building but Troyer Pole Buildings had a very busy tight schedule and I took the first date I could get. This just happened to be before the power company could do the move. Oh, and I had to provide the 4 ft trench and conduit subject to inspection and approval.

So, the building was up and I was told the trench had to be at least 10 ft away from any part of the building. I called my excavator guy, Horst Excavating. I laid out the path for the dig and POOF, we had a trench. I had to hand dig some areas close to the power poles but the trench was complete. Next assemble, glue up and place the 2.5" schedule 40 PVC conduit and call for the inspection.....FAIL. Seems I didn't understand the spec sheet.

I met with the gentleman from VEC (Volunteer Electric Cooperative). He pointed out my deficiencies, okay, the trench's deficiencies. I had used two 45 degree couplers and the wrong termination loops. The conduit could have no couplers which meant the trench had to be "adjusted" to allow the conduit to bend around the curve.

So off to Lowes for the correct termination loops and some additional conduit. Called the excavator, removed the very long glued up conduit, he dug the new section of trench, I cut, re-glued, placed, etc...

Look for the for inspection... PASSEDYAY...where's my beer?

All this took about two weeks and today the job was completed. VEC arrived this morning with three trucks. Up the poles they went, completing the change-over in about three hours. We lost power for about a half hour...DONE.

Time lapse view...

Next up, compact the pad, add some gravel and prep for concrete. Might start the wall framing as well. Phew! I'm tired....

Stay Tuned!

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Barn is Up, Part 3

Today the same crew showed up about 7:00am. We discussed the door layout and Robert marked where the posts for the front and rear should go. There will two 12' wide by 14' high overhead doors on the front with a 36" entry door. These will go in after concrete is poured and cured. In the back, I will frame a 10' by 10' overhead door, installed later when the budget allows, covered with siding for now.

All the crew went to work getting the metal roof panels on and screwed down. Again, each of the crew knew where to be with the appropriate tool or material for whatever task was needed. One person stayed on the roof to finish the trim and later joined the crew below to finish the pole installation and secure braces for the trusses. The four foot level got another workout as Robert checked for plumb and made adjustments as needed.

As work was completed, I discussed a few items with Robert and Tim (on the phone), the owner of Troyer Post Buildings. We thought the wall siding was too short and needed to be re-ordered. Turns out I forgot about the clear section I requested at the top of the side walls. All was as it should be, well except the delivery of clear panels has been delayed. However, before we realized about the missing parts, we discussed putting a metal wainscoting on the bottom of the walls. I got a price for the material and it's been ordered. I think it will dress up the appearance very nicely.

OK, that's it for today. The materials and labor have been paid for, except the additional accent panels for the bottom, and now it's my turn to pretend I'm a carpenter, plumber, electrician and just a plain ole' nice guy.

Here's a time-lapse video of the work done today.

Stay Tuned!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Barn is up - trouble Part 2

In the previous blog I described the work of the first day of construction of the Backend of Nowhere Garage. I purposely left out a particular item so as not to make the entry too long.

The first post hole was dug about 7:30 or so. Just about the same time Donna said we lost telephone and internet. Hmmmm...coincidence? Don't think so. Before the post hole digging, Robert looked around for clue of any underground "stuff", not seeing any the crew went ahead with the digging. The barn is well over 50' from the roadway. Usual utility easements are 10' to 20' from the roadway. But this is Fentress County. a wonderful place to live where you can be left alone to your own devices. It's why we chose this area. Seems year ago, the utilities were run via the crow flies system without taking into account the Stu might want to put up a pole barn.

Regardless, the fibre-optic line was cut and Twin Lakes sent a crew (or 2) out to investigate. Soon more trucks showed up. one pulling a trailer with a large DitchWitch trencher. After the crews, now 4 of them, discussed, dug holes and otherwise tried to make a plan to get everything working again. A new line was "sliced" into the ground, around the pole barn, and over to the utility pole where the line goes overhead and down the road. A different crew then took their turn and spliced all the fibre together and peace was restored on the mountain once again.

We even got a brand new pedestal out of the deal.

Pretty sure Amazon was happy. I know Donna was!

Stay Tuned!