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Re: [TenTec] [Ten Tec] Grounds

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] [Ten Tec] Grounds
From: PC Anderson <xtraham58@hotmail.com>
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Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:32:35 -0500
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BTW, The code now requires 2 ground rods no closer than 8 feet apart.

> Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:14:14 -0600
> From: w9cw@yahoo.com
> To: tentec@contesting.com
> Subject: [TenTec] [Ten Tec] Grounds
> The deck was in the process of being built when the two Illinois Power 
> electrical utility employees installed the buried electrical service to the 
> meter, and the ground rod was installed directly beneath the deck within 3 
> feet of the house's poured concrete basement wall. Not only did they install 
> it where the deck was being built - and, they knew it was being built over 
> the ground rod - they provided absolutely no protection to the joint of the 
> ground wire from the meter and the 8' copper ground rod. I was present 
> watching this, and I told them they should use something, such as Coax Seal 
> or whatever they normally use to seal the joint, but they looked at me like I 
> was crazy. They hammered the ground rod and ground wire below ground level 
> without any joint protection. So, now years later, I am sure that rod/wire 
> junction is filled with copper oxide (not a good conductor!), and other 
> contaminants. You can't tell these union electrical utility workers anything 
> - they know
> it all, or at least they think they do.
> 73
> Don W9CW
> /Technically, a ground wire covered by the deck is a violation of the
> National Electrical Code. Likely the rod was there first, and the deck
> was built over it./
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