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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2014-11-30 15:51:38
Subject: Power

For years we have known that our home does not have suffiicent electrical power. We turn on the clothes dryer and the microwave resets. We turn on the hot water, an on demand system, and the lights flicker. I had always assumed that our transformer was overburdened from six homes tapping into it, then a few months I noticed that our community building had no problems with flickering lights, nor does the older home.

Recently I looked at the wiring from our meter at the street to our home. At only 10 AWG, it is not adequate for power transmission. It is only rated for 15 amps. Our dryer, water heater and oven can pull 30 amps, each. It's a miracle the wire has not burnt to a crisp after five years of abuse.

I recently did a refresher on physics. Turns out that our 10 gauge wire, almost 600 feet of it from street to house, has about half an ohm of total resistance. It does not sound like much, but it makes a big difference. I apologize to those of you who took biology instead of physics. I did not like that icky stuff so I took a science that more numbers. Anyway, at half an ohm of resistance, for every two amps of current you run through it, you lose a volt. So when we turn on the dryer, we lose about ten volts. Turn on the water heater, we lose another ten. We did a voltage test and confirmed the calculations.

So the solution is to replace the wire with some with less resistance, a wire with a larger diameter. I spoke with a local electrician at length and had to explain the physics. It took awhile, but after he was convinced, he said we need to contract with a larger company that could put up new electical posts, to tap into the aluminum wiring from the street. That ain't cheap, but there's a happy ending.

We recently received notice that an anonymous donor gave $3000. I expect that the new wire will run between $500 and $1000. The rest of the money will be used to equip the kitchen in the community building. Once equipped, we can get the sanitation license required to sell chocolate on a large scale.

Thanks, Anyonymous Donor, it's a Christmas Miracle. :-)

We also want to thank Valley Church in Grand Junction, for their recent fundraisers for us. They also purchased and sent shoes for all of the children. Thanks also to "The Swooneria", run by the Holobinko Family in Texarkana, for donating a portion of their sales. They just opened a couple months ago and are committed to donating a portion of their proceeds to Christian charities. Thanks to everyone else who helps here, you are making a difference!

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