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[TowerTalk] Ground rod insertion - progress report

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Ground rod insertion - progress report
From: (Barry Kutner)
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 09:42:11 +0000
Just thought I'd give some follow-up to my ground rod inquiry a few 
weeks ago.

I called a few of the local rental places, and we came up with a 
Bosch electric chipping hammer (weight about 30 lbs) and a "ground 
rod inserter" (unknown brand, weight about 60 lbs.)  I thought 
carrying 60 lbs up a ladder would be a little unwieldy, so went with 
the 30 lb. Bosch hammer.  I don't know what the difference is 
between a chipping hammer and jackhammer - maybe the length of the 
storke? The rental place made up a bit for me by welding a 8-10 inch 
long, 7/8 inch diameter pipe to the impact bit. 

I used an 8 lb. sledge to get the first 2 ft. or so of the rod in the 
ground, relatively easily. Then, used the Bosch hammer, climbing a 6 
ft ladder for the rest. It worked great, until 1. hit a pretty good 
rock about 6 1/2 ft down, and 2. the pipe broke right at the weld.

The weld itself looked OK, but the metal pipe broke just at the edge 
of the weld. The rental place is going to talk with their "welding 
expert" to see what the problem was. I don't know what metal the pipe 
was made of, but maybe the heat caused some structual changes?
Hopefully, they'll make a new, improved bit, and we'll continue in a 
few days.

73 Barry
Barry Kutner, W2UP                            Internet:
Newtown, PA                                   Frankford Radio Club


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