Originally Posted by LawnGuyLandSparky
You're retired in the boondocks, in a cabin, and you're BUILDING GUEST CABINS! The issue isn't affordability, it's where your priorities are. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
I worked saved and invested for 40 years, retired and built my cabin paying cash. After I bought my property and made improvements, my expendable money was pretty much gone. We have some set aside to take care of us when we're too old to do it ourselves. I'm not rich, just thrifty and smart with what I have.
The guest cabins are not a luxury. We're opening a bed and breakfast. It's a way, we hope to supplement our pension to help pay property taxes.
You're partly correct about me wanting to do it myself. I enjoy it and have the time. It saves me a considerable sum to do most of the work my self. I'm also doing carpentry, plumbing, drywall, tiling etc. My sweat is worth quite a bit when you consider what the trades charge.
Originally Posted by Stubbie
I don't suppose I could talk you into hanging that spliced cable on the wall for a later date and buy enough cable to reach the new panel without a splice?...
Dear friend Stubbie,
I feel like your a guardian angel watching over me.
On my very first post to this thread I'd indicated that the line was already in the ground. Our plans changed after that and I was forced to rethink my sub-panel location. So, a splice became necessary. 120' of 1/0 is not cheap.
Don't worry, I've decided to pull the box out of the ground. I'm going to mount to the wall in back of the guest cottage then just run conduit along the wall to the original entry point.
This if actually a better solution anyway. I can keep clear of water and septic lines and also have access to the splice is ever it should become necessary.