Electrical Service

March 5, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Over the past few days, we’ve been working to bring the electrical service for Data Cave online.

The conduit for the electrical service was placed in August.  If you haven’t had the chance to check out the process, please take a look at Conduit and More Conduit.  In December, the transformers and first generator for the first set of electrical service were put into place.

The next task in the process is to pull the 500 MCM copper wire that will connect the transformers and generators that sit outside the building to the electrical switch inside the building.  For the first service, copper wire needed to be pulled for 32 conduits.

Part 1: Preparation

Step A:  Tape the 4 wires together.


Step B:  Thread a fish wire through a conduit.  Once the conduit is on the destination end, tie a rope to the fish wire, and pull the fish wire through.

Here is the start point.


Here is the destination.  The distance between the start point and the destination is approximately 130 feet.


Step C:  Attached fished through rope to the tape wires.  Then fish the wire back through the conduit.


Step D:  Tie the fished through rope to a forklift.


Part 2:  Push and pull.

Outside a crew from AEI pushes the wire through the conduit.




Inside, the forklift pulls the copper through the conduit.


And eventually, the wire reaches it’s destination.


The next task in the process is to move the electrical switch gear into place.


3 Responses to “Electrical Service”
  1. This is a very, very, very nice post. I’m not saying this just because we’re working on the same field. I genuinely like your manner of blogging and the photos to complement this post.

  2. I am so glad to see the photos of electricians at this page.

  3. Delores Lyon says:

    Thanks for sharing your progress on bringing electrical service to the building. It is amazing that so many steps are required in order to get electricity safely in a building. This also reminds me why I should never try to make electrical repairs on my own– I could never do anything like this myself!

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