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Subject: [TowerTalk] Driving ground rods
From: ("Dick Green".)
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 10:17:36 -0400
 If it's that hard to pound a ground rod in this "soil", can it really be
conductive enough for a useful ground? If there are enough of them, I think
your lengths of 1 1/2" strap will do a much better job (Polyphaser's book on
lightening protection recommends this approach for mountaintop installation
where there's nothing but rock.)

73, Dick, WC1M

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dick.Flanagan. <>
>To: Bruce Goldstein . <>
>Cc: <>
>Subject: Re: (Fwd) [TowerTalk] Driving ground rods
>>At 10:25 AM -0700 9/15/97, Bruce Goldstein wrote:
>>>I used the water method and was able to drive the 8 foot rod in less
>>>than 10 minutes without even using a ladder.  Just stuffed the hose
>>>down and kept alternately pushing and pulling the rod.
>>And then there is western hardpan.  Two "professional" laborers were able
>>to drive in two 10' ground rods with sledgehammers in only three-hours
>>time.  Since my planned ground field called for 35 rods, I was looking at
>>two man weeks of professional labor.
>>We tried water-drilling (nothing), small electric jack hammers (nothing),
>>large pneumatic jack hammers (bent the rods) and carbide masonry drills
>>with 6-foot shafts (bound up).
>>Now, I know in my heart that the next step would have worked--namely
>>pneumatic drilling--but I admitted defeat first.  I ended up trenching,
>>flooding and burying fifty-foot lengths of 1-1/2 inch copper strap.
>>At some point one needs to listen to the Gods when they say "No."  :)
>>73, Dick
>>Dick Flanagan W6OLD CFII Minden, Nevada (South of Reno)
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