Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hate Your Job

Posted on/at 2:18 PM by Sparky

I was going through some Cd's today and i came across these pictures from a few years back. I had forgotten about this job and how much i hated it.
I am sure anyone in the construction industry has had a job they couldn't wait until it was over, well that was this job. This was one of those jobs where it seemed the time limits they set were very unrealistic and they would give a weekly status of how far behind we were.





But they never took any of this sort of thing into consideration when they sat behind their pretty desk reviewing what everyone was doing. This was probably one of the messiest jobs I have ever had the misfortune of working on.












This one unit they had set aside for storage (the gc was too cheap for a sea container) so we had to work around all this, the only thing i have to say is thank god its over and i hope i never get another project like this one, makes you kind of appreciate some of the other jobs a little more when you look back on this kind of thing.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I Love My Job [sometimes]

Posted on/at 6:27 PM by Sparky


What a mess we ran into today while drilling holes for our wire, We ended up having to remove a section of baseboard in an area of the house not getting any work done only to find that the stud cavity was full of bricks and whatever other trash had fell there over the last150 years. In doing so we made one huge mess, oh well all in a days work. This is the sort of thing where the office says "well why did it take so long to pull one wire?" Guess they need to actually get out and look at jobs more often and see what sort of things you are up against on a daily basis.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ohm's law Formula wheel

Posted on/at 6:55 PM by Sparky



More of The Nightmare

Posted on/at 5:21 PM by Sparky


Today was an interesting day we had to tear this old fuse box out so we could make use of the chase it sits in to get a wire to the attic from the basement for a new sub panel, This fuse box was probably state of the art years ago when it was installed and someone was probably really proud of themselves for providing the homeowner with electricity, however it is time for retirement for this old fuse box as we will be removing it in the days ahead.






This is where two of the sub panels are located there is a third upstairs. This project seems to get more complicated as the days wear on.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Shenandoah National Park

Posted on/at 5:22 PM by Sparky


We love being outdoors and every year we try to go down to Virginia to the Shenandoah National Park and do some hiking, this picture was taken from the top of Bear fence mountain. Its a really nice hike if you are not afraid of heights. Even just driving down skyline drive can be a lot of enjoyment you may spot an occasional bear or deer.


The bear don't really bother you unless you leave food laying around. Its pretty cool to see one walk into your campsite.If you enjoy hiking or spending time in the woods you should try and visit this place it really is worth the trip.


Shenandoah National Park

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back To The Grind

Posted on/at 4:49 PM by Sparky

Well when I got to my job site today i noticed the plumber had finished his pipes on Friday and I still have Recess lights to install in this kitchen in this old farmhouse. The old wiring in this picture has to be torn out still at least as much as we can since they are not gutting the whole house.
















Then to make matters worse they have leveled the house and put this Girder across the kitchen ceiling so now all the wires have to go down the outside walls and they want to keep as much of the stone exposed as possible.














Thankfully we installed these conduits where the cabinets go so we can get our wires that far. Today we did get a final answer on the size of the service we need to install, we are going to have to put a 1000 amp service in in order to accommodate the pool, heat pumps and outbuildings located on the property.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav

Posted on/at 4:34 PM by Sparky


We came home today and one of the first things we noticed on the roads was one of several convoys of utility trucks heading south. Someplace there is a lot of lonely spouses and family while these people prepare to repair what ever the hurricane tears up.


















I am sure these men and women don't get half the credit they deserve for doing what they are doing. Its nice to know that there are so many people willing to help get everything cleaned up and all the utilities back up and running.








Sorry about the pictures but it was kind of hard while moving, but you can get the idea.I can only imaging the cost of something like this just the amount of fuel alone has to be astronomical.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Northern Rednecks

Posted on/at 3:47 PM by Sparky








Everyone always associates the term "redneck" with the south, well this is proof that the North has their own version, I suppose this be considered a "RANKEE" redneck + Yankee?The only thing this place lacks is a car in the front yard on blocks.




Here is another nice old place.

Building the Trail

Posted on/at 8:32 AM by Sparky


This is from up on top of the hill after we finally got a few fallen tree's cut out of the way.
















This is what it looked like before we broke through. Its been years since we have been able to get past this area without bushwacking trees out of the way.

just went down this morning and saw two deer out there. will try and get some pictures later on.








This is where a lot of the deer are there is a lot of apple tree's in this area. we saw a few turkeys here too. Friday this area was completely covered with growth and we cleared it enough for the trail.











Here is some more apple tree's this is a really nice area.















Since we moved away they have put a whole bunch of these windmills in, they are a whole lot bigger than you think when you are directly under one.


















Each 1.5-megawatt induction generator weighs 65 tons. Each has a three-blade rotor on a hollow cylinder. The sleek white windmills overhead, about 330 feet tall, emit a gentle, whooshing noise.