................. The upper end of the electrode shall be flush with or below ground level unless the aboveground end and the grounding electrode conductor attachment are protected against physical damage as specified in 250.10.
PS: How many are guilty of cutting a rod electrode?
Thanks Joe, I have always left them up as I said and have never been questioned on it by an inspector, that may be because the large majority of the rods I put in are for temp services, I know the rules are the same but perhaps not enforced as much for the temps.
But the picture in my mind of someone's head impaled on one of my rods is enough to make me pound them flush, in the future.
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Bob Badger Construction & Maintenance Electrician Massachusetts
Easiest way out of this situation is to use a 10 foot 5/8 inch ground rod, and drive it in as deep as possible for the 8 feet.
The physical protection would be necessary for the exposed piece if it was subject to physical damage.
Don: If you recall when we met in Chicago a while back, I took a picture of the rod driven in the gas station next door to the hotel below the service they upgraded to a 4 wire wye service and that rod was exposed about 6 inches and was not a 10 foot rod.
I once sent in a proposal to require the rod to be driven to 7 ft 9 inches to allow the end to be visible, and was shot down because the committee wanted me to provide a fact finding report!!