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[TowerTalk] Re: Ground Rods & Ohms

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: Ground Rods & Ohms
From: (Madison R. Jones)
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 23:44:39 -0500
Jamey Brookover wrote:
> There has been a wealth of information in this thread about the theory
> and practice of proper grounding procedures.  Getting back to basics for
> a moment, how does a 6 foot tall person safely / properly / *easily*
> manage to get an 8 foot ground rod into the ground in the first place?
> The picture of someone standing on a step ladder swinging a 16 pound
> sledge hammer is not a pretty sight.  Are any special tools available to
> aid in this process, and how do the pros do this day in and day out?
> When I lived in West Virginia I was once told a story about Appalachian
> rock worms....  Please -- No limmericks!

Hurumphhh!  Where's your sense of humor?!

Getting the rod into the ground with the soil we have here in the
Houston, Texas, area is REALLY EASY and requires no 16# hammer or
stepladder either.  Whatcha do is to have a cup of water at hand.  Poke
the ground rod into the ground as afar as you can, and then remove it. 
Pour some of the water into the hole and reinsert the ground rod, again
shoving it down as far as you can (which should be somewhat farther than
the first time).  Then remove the rod again, pour more water in, etc.
etc.  I know all you sandy soil types are laughing your *** off, but
around here it really works.  I have put in more ground rods than I can
count, and never once had to use a hammer.  I suppose if you have rocky
soil, you'll have to think of something else.

CU on the bands,

(CW Forever)

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