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Back to the Drawing Board: From a Hobbyist Miner’s Perspective
Today, I would like to share my journey as a residential miner and the efforts I am exerting into getting electric work sorted for my shed—an impending crypto mining shed. The process so far has been quite intense, and though I am not a specialist in the field of electrical engineering, I believe I have made great strides. Again, I must reiterate, this is not the work of a professional, so there are a few hiccups here and there, but I have a professional electrician on standby to finalize everything.
Initiating the Electric Work
The first phase involved running the wires from the panel to the shed. To guide you through my endeavor, I thought it best to start from the beginning, the part where we are of, well, laying the groundwork.
Ground Prep and Conduit Installation
Being a DIYer, I have embraced every bit of the experience. Initially, we focused on landscaping around the mining shed, laying down soil and grass seed to patch up some of the areas affected by the construction works of the shed.
Then came the daunting task of installing the conduits. For a first-time miner like myself, this was quite a learning experience. In total, three conduits were installed at the back of the garage. The first conduit houses two Ethernet cables, while the second contains 12 2 and 10 2 Romex with the anticipation of a 20amp 120volt and a 30amp 240volt workstation. The last one, also hosting two 10 2, will cater to an additional 30amp 240volt system.
Despite the hitches encountered, particularly with the second two conduits, they turned out nice and clean, and surprisingly enough, the rubberized flex conduit of choice was pretty beneficial and assured us of a satisfactory end result.
On Patching Things Up and Shed Wiring Preparations
Finalizing Conduit Installation
With all the conduits in place, sealant and caulk were applied on all sides to secure them. We ensured the conduits will properly run into the shed, although some adjustments had to be made due to limited resources. Nonetheless, everything now runs quite smoothly, perfectly patched and well-sealed, ready for mining.
Shed Cable Management
The next phase focused on managing cables inside the shed. A junction box will be installed, where all wires will run into. My plan is to run all the power from here, and possibly install a cable track to the middle of the shed to house the rigs. As for communication, Cat5 cables were used instead of Cat6. Seeing as crypto mining doesn’t require hefty data volumes, I found it more cost-effective to use Cat5 and spare expenses on this front.
The Panel Wiring and Future Plans
The Panel Connection
Now, with shed wiring poised for the next phase, my attention turns to the wires connecting to the panel inside the garage where drywall was cut out to accommodate the wires. Luckily for amateur miners like me, we get access to resources such as a 3D-printed box for drox meters to mount the receptacles. This makes our work a whole lot easier.
Admittedly, space on the panel is getting filled up fast, with slots allocated for various workstations both in the shed and the basement. However, I am convinced that, with proper planning and an efficient layout, I’ll be able to maximize my operations within the confines of my home.
It’s Worth Noting
In this ambitious project, I have come to appreciate that nothing comes easy. This process hasn’t been all smooth sailing but, despite the challenges, steady progress is being made, bit by bit. The focus now is turning to the installation of the intake and exhaust systems, upon which I intend to finalize the electrical setup by fitting around them.
There’s no rush, the key here is “trying to do things right”. So, week by week, updates on the crypto mining shed will continue to roll out. Inevitably, there will be suggestions and criticisms, but I welcome them all. After all, it’s through sharing and learning from each other that we get to improve and refine our skills. Until the next update, keep mining!