Passed Rough in Electric Inspection

This is our 200 amp main service panel that I completed

This is our 200 amp main service panel that I completed

I am happy to say we passed our rough-in electrical inspection and have the go ahead to finish up the insulation in our home. I did the electrical myself but wasn’t supposed to. In the state of Iowa you have to be a licensed electrician to do new construction.  If it had been an existing home I could have done it after getting a permit.

In this picture you can see how far we had to run our main service wire from that pole in the center of this picture.

In this picture you can see how far we had to run our main service wire from that pole in the center of this picture. 120 ft of wiring.

I didn’t find this out until my heating and air conditioning guy came after I had done all the work and told me I wasn’t supposed to do that. Earlier, when I called the county they told me the only permit they required was septic but they failed to mention the state requires a permit for electrical. Anyway it all turned out well, I called the state Fire Marshal and he told me to get a licensed electrician to pull a permit then they would come and inspect it.

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

The first thing I had to do after we passed inspection was to put in our washer and dryer. The wife was really getting tired of going to town to do our laundry.

We now have heating and air conditioning.

We now have heating and air conditioning.

My wife has also started on the insulation and is doing a great job. The plan is to be done with the insulation by Labor Day weekend and have the drywall crew come in on that Tuesday to start the drywall. I hate doing drywall and not very good at it so we are hiring a company to do that for us.


Insulation started with baffles in the ceiling so the attic can still draw outside air from the soffit and flow out the ridge vent to help keep the attic cooler in the summer.


We also got our 1000 gal lp tank delivered last week. It cost 70 dollars a year to rent the tank and we went with a 1000 gal tank because we plan to have it filled every summer when lp prices are low and companies offer a summer fill up rate. We hope to get by on about 800 gallons of lp a year, but will have to see how it goes. Utilities are much higher here than in the city including electric and most people around here go with mostly electric appliances. That’s because most people usually get a 500 gal lp tank and need to fill up again in the middle of winter when lp prices are at their highest. We hope it will be cheaper doing it this way.


While waiting for the electrical inspection I was able to start on our deck railing and I really love how it is turning out. When done this will have 4 different wildlife scenes.


My wife and I also was able to pour our front door stoop. It took exactly 1 yard of concrete to do this.  The plan is to have a pea gravel sidewalk leading from our barn and driveway to the house.

That’s it for now, stayed tuned for more updates as they happen.


About Gordon Milligan

I am a retired conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I now live in and have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I have built from the ground up. My wife and I are trying to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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18 Responses to Passed Rough in Electric Inspection

  1. Becky says:

    Looking good, getting a lot done, especially like the deck railing, that’s an awesome view! Love ya, your sis.

  2. Susan Lea says:

    You guys are making such wonderful progress, Gordon! I’m so glad to see it! You had a long countdown to get where you are, but here you are! The house is looking lovely. I know you’re really going to enjoy that deck for morning coffee and at the end of a long day.

  3. Jewels says:

    Looking good, well done you two!

  4. Congratulations, you are making so much progress… when do you think you will be moving in?

    We too use gas and electricity, as here in rural Ireland, electricity outages are a regular occurence, so at least if we have lp gas we can cook!!!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    Such progress!! Looks fantastic and really so much work done!

  6. Ricky Umphryes says:

    Looking nice. We only have wood heat and i will have to split wood and keep the fire going this winter. Electric is cheap here in Mo.

  7. Deborah says:

    Gordan everything looks very nice & inviting. Lol you guys seem to be doing great. Have a wonderful life & enjoy being out of this mess.

    • Thanks Deborah, we are doing great and have been having a good time camping this whole summer. I am also so glad to be retired, when I look back at my career at Metra I can’t believe I worked 6 days a week for all those years.

  8. Milt says:

    Looking good, what is lp?..

    • Hi Milt, how is Metra treating you? To answer your question out here in the sticks there are no natural gas lines like they have in the city. What you have to go with here is Liquid Propane (LP). It is the same stuff you use if you have a gas barbecue grill. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Sue says:

    Stumbled upon your blog here in Rhode Island. Love your ambition! Good luck to you both! Love your wife’s blog too

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