Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What a Week I'm Having!

If you read yesterday's post, you know that I got the long awaited batteries, only to find out that they sent the wrong interconnect straps. So I can't actually hook them together. That pretty much renders them very expensive paper weights.

Then later last night a storm rolled through town and dumped a lot of rain. And I mean a lot! Under normal circumstances that's nothing but a curiosity. After all, storms like that don't hit the desert that often. However, my current circumstance made this a bad thing. I had 25 feet of open trench in the front yard.

By 7:00 PM there was 8 inches of water in the trench and the storm had only been raging for an hour and a half. This morning I woke up and looked out to assess the damage and found that the trenches had completely collapsed. There were a couple sections with standing water and a the rest was just slop. In no place could you actually see the conduit, it was under 8 to 12 inches of slop. Now I wouldn't care, except the inspector hasn't seen the lines yet, and they generally want to see you've buried them deep enough before you go and re-bury them.

He pulled up while I was bailing out the trench. I explained what happened and asked him what I needed to do to pass inspection. He asked me a few questions and let me explain what we'd done to install the line. He looked at the work we did in the garage and said it all looked good, but then he saw the car and started asking me about it.

It's hard not to get too enthusiastic about it, especially when talking to someone who's interested. But he was totally into it and very impressed with the project. he then said "I've seen enough. It's clear you guys knew what you were doing and did a good job. You just ran into some bad luck." Then he signed off on the project. What a relief! Oddly enough, he's been doing all the inspections on an addition that my neighbor is putting on his house. I invited him to stop by anytime to check on the progress, and he said he would. And you know, I think he will.

Later in the day, I got a call from the battery folks. They think they have enough interconnects that will work for me, and they are going to pack them up and send them to me asap. I sure hope they do. What a roller coaster of a week, and it's only Wednesday.


Gam0ra said...

Wow, I'm glad you got a good inspector, that could have gone so poorly.

"Boy, whats your dirt doing in the bosses trench?"

But at least it didn't rain, collapse the trench, then freeze solid.

Tim Catellier said...

Jezuz, I never considered that kind of horribleness. How much would that have sucked?