Nothing is easy. We thought we were there with PG&E and, surprise, we’re not there yet.
We did start to move the control system for our sliding glass doors at the back of the house into the permanent location in the East Storage room.
Yes, it poured rain, starting at ~3:00 am for a couple hours. Our site handled the rain just fine.
Moving the Door Control System into East Storage Room
When the control system for the three sliding glass doors at the back of the house was set up, we were not ready to mount the control system in its permanent location, which is in the East Storage room. Now, it is time to do so.
The control system, made by Doors in Motion, requires a dedicated 15 amp circuit and has four wires going from the DC electric motor to the control system, including the switch. The four wires, which have multiple conductors, are for the power (the transformer to DC and backup battery are housed in the control system), the door switch (open, close, stop, lock, reset), the motion detector, and the encoder unit itself.
We decided to run the wires in a dedicated conduit containing only low-voltage wires. The conduit is the flexible, orange corregated one-inch conduit by Carlon. We’ve been obtaining our low voltage products from ADI in Santa Clara. Hank Malloy and Jordan have been extremely helpful in sourcing the correct products for us.
The conduit included the four wires for the door and the CAT5e wires for the lighting control system (C-bus). The lighting control system includes a pink CAT5e and a yellow CAT5e. The pink wire is for the main system and the yellow wire is for a backup (redundant). All other data CAT6, with a spline, will be blue.
When connecting the wires to the door control system, we found a problem. Jason Cruz, who installed the door control system, helped Bryan to isolate the problem. They didn’t solve the problem yet and should complete it tomorrow.
Installing Our Permanent Electric Meter
Although the two-person crew from PG&E installed our permanent electric meter on Monday, October 3, they didn’t have the correct meter for a 400 amp service. Knowing that the meter would be changed again to a bi-directional meter for our solar photovoltaic generation system, they put in a 200 amp meter. However, PG&E’s process and internal systems still show our temporary service in place as the correct meter had not been installed.
Thus, PG&E dispatched a meter technician to our job site to install the permanent meter for our 400 amp service. The meter technician, AJ, smiled as he installed the correct meter saying, ‘I’ll be back in a couple days to install the bi-directional meter that will measure your generation and your electric vehicle consumption.’
We’re just following the process …