Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members. We receive spam notifications and will take immediate action!
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 25

Thread: What I've been up to: Ghetto-stylie...




  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Well, since I'm doing this all myself, and I'm not dependent on it for business or anything, I can do whatever I want without regard to codes and the like, but your specs are realistic Wiggo, and I'll go for those depths. :cheers: I figure those codes gotta be for SOME reason...:laugh: In reality, I'd probably have to bury these conduits both below frostline....which is 42" :eek: Oh well, the entire house was built before the codes were enforced and it's still standing...
    And Mr.C....I'm in the higher end market for carpentry, and most of the time sadly, even the Mom & Pop stores aren't much help to me for the specialty hardware I'm typically looking for. They may have it, but never in the quantity I need. ..I was kind of amazed to find some networking supplies locally, but not after I've read that optical is in and Cat5E is old tech and on its way out. Even given that, you shoulda seen them running around looking for clues when I asked for a simple PATCH cable! Even the local Idiot Shack hires the braindead....oh geez, don't get me started with them!
    I am in an area that is still semi-rural, and I had to take a break from the cabling operation to deal with cistern issues today :( Had to crawl down in an 8'X8'X10' deep concrete hole, pump the water out, shop vac and clean it, then patch the cracks that were causing 5800 gallons of water to last only 2 weeks and the rest flooding my basement :tears: :steam: :shrug:
    I have a ton of other irons in the fire....redoing the driveway, interior painting, lighting, masonry patches, more networking and sound wiring, and lots and lots of plain hauling junk off to the dump and to storage. Of course, getting all those idle computers online and crunching IS a priority....right? :devil win Tomorrow, when I can get more done, I'll post more pics.
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Unfortunately, I didn't get much more done yesterday, as my cistern repairs were in vain...:cry:
    Got water delivered and it leaked like a seive again, flooding the basement...again.:(
    I went to see about getting the second conduit at the local hardware store...the smaller size I need for information cables was 4X the price of the larger one at Home Depot! :eek: Guess I'll wait til I can get to Home of De po' again...
    Here's as far as I got on the trench:
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Woops :o
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Here's the house, in case you were wondering...it was built in 1971 by a guy who was in his 60's at the time...hence the old-school appearance. Did I mention that they were poor and built it mostly of scrap? We're talkin' cardboard for insulation! That has since been replaced, as was the plumbing, consisting of every bit of hose you can think of...even garden hose!
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    662

    Default

    Very cute house Wordbiker. Very "homey." Seems like you're having fun with the retrofitting.

    Wiggo's on the right track going deeper with the trench. I'm sure you're in a freeze-thaw situation with the ground and the deeper the pipe the better. In our community, where we do not have to worry about freeze-thaw, not only are line-level power conduits supposed to be 24" deep but they are to be encased in concrete. I know that does not help with your budget situation, but is is a good idea.

    Electricians and/or network installation people will be you best source of information regarding your situation. :)
    :-(

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by elrado1
    Electricians and/or network installation people will be you best source of information regarding your situation. :)
    Yeah, I wish I knew some around here, but the hacks at Idiot Shack are about it around these here parts...: omg:
    I'm digging the trench by hand with a trenching shovel and a digging bar, so it's gonna be as deep as my will to excavate holds out....or as long as my g/f is willing to put up with a hole in the yard...lol : peace2: :cheers:
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Well, I got a second conduit....and ran into an electrician friend of mine while I was at Homies Depot :D
    He didn't know much about Cat5E, other than it does indeed need to be run separately from power lines, as should any low-voltage lines....which may be the mystifying problem I was having with interior cabling. I'd run a cable to my son's room and it wouldn't work. I'd then run a cable around the walls across the floor...it'd work. Go back and run the same exact cables under the floor....dead. Frustrating ****.
    I've got it down to either interference from the power outlet next to the keystone jack or a bad connector from Idiot Shack. Oh, how glad I'll be to stick that connector up their arses if that's the case... :shoot3:
    Oh, my friend also told me....the power cables need only be 15" deep :D I'll go deeper anyway, just in case.:thumb:
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    We've been having daily rains, so my trenching has suffered. I'm considering hiring a friend that owns a trencher to do the work, as other considerations have cropped up. For one, the cistern issue will be resolved by a plastic liner custom-made to fit the inside of the cistern. It's a great solution as the downtime is minimal compared to all of the prep work and hand application of sealing products. Just drop the liner in, tack it across the top and fill it with water! :D What this means is I may be able to get the well that is already here on the premises (right next to the shop) working to pump water into the cistern....no more hauling! It will need 220V power though, and more trenches will be needed, so I'll be able to kill several birds with one stone. The pump controls will be wired into the shop as well, protecting them and splitting off power at the same time. I'm also not willing to jack around with my family's water supply, so the work will all be done to code. It's a lot more money up front to do this work, but I'll get everything I wanted done with the shop super cheap, and I'll get it all back in the long run in not paying to have water hauled here.:D :thumb:
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    4,246

    Default

    sounds like this placce you've moved back into is a real chore, I hope it is worth it :thumb:
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    968

    Default

    Oh yeah ;)
    Once I'm done, I'll have my OWN place to tinker on computers, with power, lights, networking to the other machines, phone, cable, etc...about 35 feet away from my house.
    And like I said earlier, not having to pay to have water hauled will pay for all of this within a year or so. After that, no water bills! :D
    <img src="http://www.statgfx.com/statgfx/folding/?&username=Wordbiker&border=0,255,0&tr ans=yes&template=fah_original&.jpg" alt="www.Statgfx.com" />
    Revenge is just a respawn away....Pagosa LAN Parties

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •