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#5282 - 11/13/01 08:46 AM 20 ft Ground Rod
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Prints I'm looking at call for driving 20 ft ground rod. I'm not sure of the composition of the ground. Anyone have a good (fast, cheap, easy?) way to run same.

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#5283 - 11/13/01 12:46 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
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Registered: 10/18/00
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Joan, why not try a UFER?
http://www.scott-inc.com/html/ufer.htm

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#5284 - 11/13/01 02:07 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
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Registered: 09/15/01
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How about 2 10 foot rods?



Or you could lay the 20 foot rod horizontally in a ditch before backfilling.

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#5285 - 11/13/01 02:20 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
George Corron Offline
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Registered: 05/16/01
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Loc: Lorton, Va USA
Joan,
The ground ring around the Pentagon requires ground rods 1" X 20' every 15 feet, most contractors use an air compressor and jack hammer for the task. BTW, did I tell you guys one of the reasons I've been scarce around here is the move from Dulles to the
Pentagon ? Surprise !!!!!!!

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#5286 - 11/13/01 02:56 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
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George,
good grief! that would take a while...

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#5287 - 11/13/01 06:13 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
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Registered: 11/10/00
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Joan,
I just had to install some 10" rods in an area with rock at 3'. I had a soil testing company drill 4" holes 11' deep and installed the rods with sand mix concrete as back fill. The drilling cost about $400 per rod.
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#5288 - 11/13/01 07:52 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
George Corron Offline
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Loc: Lorton, Va USA
Sparky,
It takes a bit, but the old building was poorly grounded when built (1941-43) and patched here and there since. This is the first major remodel and lotsa things that were taken for granted years ago will not be overlooked this time. Course, uh.... we also have to fill the hole.

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#5289 - 11/13/01 07:57 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
Nick Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
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Loc: Riverside, CA
Are 20' ground rods readily available or do you have to Cadweld two 10'?

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#5290 - 11/13/01 08:12 PM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
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Registered: 06/21/01
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Loc: omaha,ne
You can use sectional ground rods to get just about any length. You will need something heavy to drive them-air comressor and jack hammer- depending on the local earth at the job site. Most supply houses will be able to order them for you
Good luck
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#5291 - 11/14/01 05:03 AM Re: 20 ft Ground Rod
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Registered: 12/24/00
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Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
There's one I had to drive to 140' for a company that produced equipment for MaBell in the '70s. Using 10' sectional rods and a 60# jackhammer, it took all of 2 days in fairly easy dirt.

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