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Re: neglected TT,our home for awhile (w/blackwater problem)

Postby working on it » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:28 pm

  • It's been two more weeks since my last report on the home front:
    Shingles aftermath: I did go to my primary care physician, and he said it looks like I may have the long-term "posthepetic neuralgia" as the aftermath to my shingles. Oh boy...just what I didn't want. But, he did increase my dosage of the Gabapentin, that has also helped my knee pain, sciatica, and "restless leg" problems as a plus to counter the constant irritation that the shingles left me with. I take just under his recommended dose, but always carry a few "emergency" Gabapentin pills in my Altoids tin, just in case it really start bothering me away from home. I don't drink, nor take any other prescriptions, so there's no chance of bad interactions. Some days it's like fire ant bites on top of a poison ivy rash, and other days it is just a dull itch with occasional sharp pin pricks anywhere my shingles rash affected me. I'm starting to be able to ignore it most of the time, and have started to do more work and get out more frequently. I apply 4% lidocaine (in spray-on and roll-on forms), liberally, three times a day, and it helps too....
    New Home work:
    .....part A: With the pills and lidocaine both helping me, I've resumed working outside, trying to restore our property to a simulacrum of the former home. I've got years of work ahead. I'm still trying to spread out the first truckload of "select fill" dirt (mostly clay and rocks, not as promised), to make a level base for finer soil to go on top (sandy loam mixture), to replace the probably 45-60 cubic yards of soil that the house demolition guys removed. I should have the first load spread out in a week, if I still feel improved health....
    .....part B: On a second sub-project, restoring power to the garage and sheds, I dug a 43+ foot long trench between my outside power box (200 amp service), and the back corner of the garage. The original owner of our old house had put a wire run from the garage's sub-panel down the corner piece of the metal garage, and had directly buried 12 gauge Romex in the soil, as the power feed to the 40 amp sub-panel. He had also directly buried another line to the old shed, also to another 40 amp breaker, but it ceased functioning two years ago, for unknown reasons. Not wanting to chance an underground break to the garage panel feedline, I chose to put UF-B 6/3 cable (w/ 10 AWG ground) inside 1 1/4" pvc conduit, and bury both as insurance against breaks (I'm always driving T-posts in, re-configuring the fences for various reasons...I once severed the underground telephone wire twice in one day; the PO had zig-zagged when burying it...). I bought a trenching spade, and I was able to dig a 43+ foot trench in record time, though carefully, inspecting each square inch J.I.C. the telephone wire was there (it took me twice as long to uncover the broken water line, 2 ft or so, using a hand trowel!), and over two more days I assembled the various cable and conduit pieces to make a protected feedline for my garage (I'll run sub-feeds to my wife's sheds later, from that panel). I bought a 75 ft 6/3 cable from Amazon, but bought NM-B, which my electrical engineer neighbor said would be fine, installed in conduit underground, but I reviewed the NEC and also some insurance claim rejections online, and decided to send back the indoor-rated NM-B, and get the UF-B rated for underground direct burial (I still fed it thru conduit as a fail-safe, in case anyone might dig in the yard, after I'm gone....). I pulled the cable thru the conduit (very difficult; I'll use 2" conduit if ever I do this again), cemented the pvc conduit and fittings, and buried them in place. Until my neighbor can complete the installation for me, as we had agreed/bargained for earlier (we've got a major deal in the works...cars and engines and trailers; him helping me, and I him), I temporarily semi-sealed the open ends of the conduit above ground. I've got 60 amp breakers for both panels standing ready (up from 40 amps...I'll be able to finally use my 220v stick welder, at last), and then it'll be on to another piece of the "new home project" puzzle.
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  • *LED lighting, triple fans, Pioneer stereo *A/C & 110vac heat, Optima AGM, inverter & charger(s)
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Re: neglected TT,our home for awhile (w/blackwater problem)

Postby GPW » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:50 am

Busy Guy !!! Hang in there !!! :thumbsup:
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Re: neglected TT,our home for awhile (w/blackwater problem)

Postby Redgloves » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:04 pm

Time for some health care advice:
Why be so bull headed at take a less dose of gapabentin? Uncontrolled pain affects personality, increases stress, blood pressure, sleep quality, and quality of life. Gapabentin is an appropriate medication for nerve based pain along with other medications. Also, pain specialists can provide guidance on treating nerve based pain and establishing a treatment plan. Above, all the goal is to increase your quality of life. Basically if the gapabentin works it works, gapabentin is not meant to be used as an immediate release pain medication.

Have you consider trying acupuncture?

Good luck,
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Re: neglected TT,our home for awhile (w/blackwater problem)

Postby working on it » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:23 pm

Redgloves wrote:Time for some health care advice:
Why be so bull headed at take a less dose of gapabentin? Uncontrolled pain affects personality, increases stress, blood pressure, sleep quality, and quality of life. Gapabentin is an appropriate medication for nerve based pain along with other medications. Also, pain specialists can provide guidance on treating nerve based pain and establishing a treatment plan. Above, all the goal is to increase your quality of life. Basically if the gapabentin works it works, gapabentin is not meant to be used as an immediate release pain medication.

Have you consider trying acupuncture?

Good luck,
Jean
  • Thanks for your concern, but I really don't need any more "needles" stuck in me, since that is what this PHN feels like. You're probably right about holding back on the dosage; I used-to hold back some or all of most of the pain meds I have had over the years, to be able to save them for future, non-chronic or non-diagnosed pain episodes, as they might occur (I've broken, dislocated, sprained, torn, and ripped most bones & muscles over the last 60+ years...it never hurts as bad as the next incident, after Drs' office hours). But, now that I'm retired and not on call 24/7/365 like I was for years (46 years at my last job, missing only about 10 days; none because of any of the above, but from double-pneumonia 4 times), I shouldn't have to save up meds. I'll be taking the recommended dosage from now on.
  • More progress on the New Home battlefront: the garage wiring is completed, with increased amperage available (60 amps up from 40); now we have power to the sheds, car/trailer battery maintainers, the travel trailer converter, and the garage door (which weighs about 200 lbs, and my wife can't lift it). And my new air compressor, which draws too many amps to run via an 80 ft extension cord from the new house, can now be powered-up in place, instead of moving it near the house, and running 60 ft of hose. I used up 62-63 feet of the 75 feet of 6/3 cable, so I have 12 feet left, to use to install a dedicated remote receptacle for my unused 220vac welder, that I bought in 2013, but didn't have the correct wiring to use (I used a 110vac welder instead).
  • I'll need a 50 amp breaker, outlet parts, and a 25 ft welding extension cord, and I'll be ready to try it out (my neighbor has been a steady user of my smaller fluxcore welder; I may gift it to him). I also ran our telephone/internet cable in 1" conduit, from where it emerges from underground, to where it enters the house (except for two feet, secured to the power service boxes). The technician left it very long, and laying on the ground, since I had to be able to reconfigure it after he left, which I did, shortening it by over eight feet. Now the dogs can't rip it loose, so my wife can be entertained by Netflix, without unforeseen disruptions! Slow progress, but progress anyway!
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  • *3500 lb Dexter EZ-Lube axle, w/brakes, 3000 lb. springs, & active-progressive bumpstops
  • *27x8.5-14LT all-terrain tires (x 3) *modified Weight Distribution system for single-beam tongue
  • *LED lighting, triple fans, Pioneer stereo *A/C & 110vac heat, Optima AGM, inverter & charger(s)
  • *extended-run, on-board, 2500w generator *Coleman dual-fuel stove & lantern, Ikea grill
  • *zinc/stainless steel front racks *96"L x 6"Dia. rooftop fishing rod/reel carrier
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Re: neglected TT,our home for awhile FINAL UPDATE, Maybe

Postby working on it » Wed May 02, 2018 8:43 pm

  • Here it is, three months after what I thought was my final post in this "new home project" thread. Things have progressed slowly, with my wife's office, the guest bedroom, and the living room entertainment center all lagging (she wants to/doesn't want to convert her antique upright piano into an entertainment center, so it remains clogging up my garage, and the living room remains unfinished). Same in her other two rooms. Otherwise, all is OK.
  • Our water supply from the local supply company was temporarily shut off (happens 3-4 times a year out here), due to a failure somewhere up line. We received no "boil water" notice from them, as is the usual case after the line is repaired, but our neighbors did, so we've been using bottled water for three days. I called them tonight to see if it was OK to consume water from the tap, now, and was given the go ahead. But, to call them, I asked my wife for their number (in Pennsylvania??), and she gave me a copy of last month's bill. I was shocked to see a chart of our water usage over the past year. This graphic I made (to post on the refrigerator door, as a reminder) tells a story by itself. It shows the cost of neglecting vigilance over water usage, and failing to get straight answers from a spouse (bless her heart). I had no idea that there was a much worse situation under my house than I thought (the sandhill we live on swelled up and filled-in under the flooring, preventing any visual observation of the big picture!).
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  • *3500 lb Dexter EZ-Lube axle, w/brakes, 3000 lb. springs, & active-progressive bumpstops
  • *27x8.5-14LT all-terrain tires (x 3) *modified Weight Distribution system for single-beam tongue
  • *LED lighting, triple fans, Pioneer stereo *A/C & 110vac heat, Optima AGM, inverter & charger(s)
  • *extended-run, on-board, 2500w generator *Coleman dual-fuel stove & lantern, Ikea grill
  • *zinc/stainless steel front racks *96"L x 6"Dia. rooftop fishing rod/reel carrier
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Re: neglected TT,our home for awhile (w/blackwater problem)

Postby pchast » Wed May 02, 2018 8:57 pm

Wow. :frightened:
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