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Days 227-229: Finishing up the Wiring

Friday, 2/26
The days are all starting to run together.  All I know is that minimal wiring work was conducted due to us needing to prep for an event scheduled to start at the crack of dawn on Saturday.

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Weird alert…

Bathroom and kitchen wiring commences.

Bathroom and kitchen wiring commences.

Saturday, 2/27
The alarms went off at 4am, about 2 hours earlier than our typical Saturday.  We hauled ourselves out of bed and started breakfast…only to realize we both needed to shower and leave by 5am.  We changed our strategy, staggering our departures and only running a little behind.

Brian sold coffee at a mountain bike race while I ran the shack.  Our role in the event ended early and we were able to join forces again at the shack.  He started at the house around midday and continued the wiring project.

Coffee booth at Tommyknockers 10, Fort Bayard, NM

Coffee booth at Tommyknockers 10, Fort Bayard, NM

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Our makeshift wire dispenser system that prevents the infuriating spiral twists.

Sunday, 2/28
We decided to get crazy Saturday night and went to sleep WITHOUT setting an alarm.  *gasp!*  Nonetheless, we were awake by 7:30, attacking chores after a leisurely morning and arrived at the house before noon.

I helped Brian pull/push some wires through tight spaces for a little while.  Once we were finished with that, I left him to some solo work and trekked up our hill to move the barbed wire spool.  The last time we had worked on the fence project had been pre-electrical and we had hid the nearly-full spool halfway down the hill, right before the super tricky cactus area.  I decided to try and move the spool all the way down (to our driveway) so that all we had to do next fence round was stretch and clamp the wire to the t-posts.

It was hairy work alright.  It would be much easier if we either chopped down all the cacti and bushes (which we don’t want to do) or cut long pieces of wire and threaded it through the dense brush.  As it was, the nearly-full spool (read ‘crazy heavy’) had to be maneuvered around the backs of each t-post and through the dense plants to the ground; picked up and moved to the next post, maneuvered around, etc.  It was very hard work.

At one point, Sydney got a cactus spine in the top of her foot.  She used her mouth (tongue? teeth?) to remove it….but then ended up with it in her tongue.  I noticed her suddenly go from peaceful to salivating intensely.  When I held open her mouth, I could see her trying to work the spine free by pushing her tongue against the back of her teeth.  It was a big bloody mess.  Poor thing.  One of these days she’s going to learn to watch where she puts her feet.

Back to wiring – I went home around 2pm to drop off the dogs and make us a snack.  When I got back, we finished wiring the bathroom and moved onto the HRV’s low-voltage wire (which you can see at the top of the post in the featured image – it’s the very thin, dark colored wire near the window).  We’re just about ready to call our local inspector; hopefully Monday will be the day.  We have a few grey areas where we aren’t sure how to proceed and then we should be ready for our inspection.

Picnic lunch - roast beef, pepper jack cheese and pickles

Picnic lunch at the house – roast beef, pepper jack cheese and a pickle.

Wires are done - you can see the bathroom wiring, including the white, 14 gauge wire for the bathroom fan. You can kind of see the kitchen wiring on the backside of the bathroom.

Wires are done – you can see the bathroom wiring, including the white, 14 gauge wire for the bathroom fan. You can also see the kitchen wiring on the backside of the bathroom.

6 gauge wire for the water heater - it's tucked behind the Christmas trees holding the 12 gauge wires. Our questions for the inspector tomorrow are primarily to do with this wire and making sure we are abiding by the code.

6 gauge wire for the water heater – it’s tucked behind the Christmas trees holding the 12 gauge wires. Our questions for the inspector tomorrow are primarily to do with this wire and making sure we are abiding by the code.

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