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Last day on the job

Installing an electric pole

Our crew's last job was installing an electric pole for the power company to connect to. The guys were clever and did all the wiring in the shop then brought the whole shebang to our place to slide into a auger-dug hole.

Levering a pole upright

Up she goes!

Burying an electric line

The wire is protected by conduit as it goes into and out of the ground but is bare for the rest of its length. It's also right next door to the easily-puncturable water line. Think I can remember that spot and not try to plant a tree there?

Lacey the dog

After the pole was up and the hole filled in, we had to say farewell to Lacey and her human family. We enjoyed having the pup oversee our project, but at a rate of $13,270 for labor and supplies to clear brush, cut down several trees, install our septic system (the biggie at $8,500), move and set up our trailer, hook up the water and electric lines, and gravel our driveway, we couldn't afford to keep her around much longer. Good thing Huckleberry doesn't charge those kinds of rates!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Perhaps there are followers who live near enough and who have skills that might welcome a chance to assist you as you ramp up.
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