Monday, June 3, 2013

Preparing for the wiring of Mt Carmel

 When you are building an around the wall branch that ends in a loop in the center of the room, you have to get the wiring to that ending location.We could have pulled about 200 feet of wiring to get there. It was much more efficient, however, the go up the wall, though the ceiling and then down to the end of the grade. So, here we have Jack Brown cutting a hole in the wall  near where our wiring currently ends.
The hole is done but will have to be enlarged to get our fat hands into it to grab the snake coming down from above. There is a pipe in the chase that we are going to follow. Ed Rappe looks on approvingly as he is working on twisting the wire that will go up the wall. The twisting is done to avoid future problems if I ever switch to DCC.
 Jack is really getting into his work as he is working the snake down to the hole. It took us a while but we got it done. The snake is wrapped around his body as we try to make the easiest transition to the vertical run down to the hole.

Jack has now pulled the snake back out with the wire attached. Paul Cierzo has joined in as he is pulling the 12 gauge, two color wire over the ceiling to alongside the end of the branch at the entrance to Mt. Carmel. You cannot see Ed but he is feeding the wire into the hole to make it easy to pull.

After all the work was done and everybody went home, I realized that we had not pulled the grounds for the two power circuits plus a string into the wall for future pulls. So, I used the wire we previously pulled as my snake and pulled an 8 conductor 16 gauge ribbon wire, the two 12 gauge power wires and a string into the wall and over to the branch. It was very easy after the guys had done the heavy lifting.

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