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[TowerTalk] Three Lightning Protection Clarifications Please?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Three Lightning Protection Clarifications Please?
From: DavidC" < (DavidC)
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 21:36:19 -0500
I think I know the answers to these three questions from my perusal
of the TT archives I saved ... but better safe than sorry!

1.  Ground rods:

     I am supplementing the existing service panel ground rod by adding one
     more rod off to the north and three to the south at 16 foot
     A local phone company guy who is supposed to know these things
     told me that since the service panel rod had been "megged out" that
     I could use galvanized just as well as copper for the extra rods.

2.  Ground wire between rods:

     I understand that 0/0 is the best choice, though one needs to be
     to work with it.  I have some of what I believe to be 0/2 or 0/3
available that
     I'd just need the local metal recycler to run through his stripper.  Is
     acceptable?  (What is the thickness of 0/2 and 0/3?  Mine is only
     600v.)  Is it OK to use two lengths of wire if the ends are joined at a

3.  CADweld

     The best sources (price) of the CADweld kits are Erico, Ron Block or
     DavisRF?  What is the best price, with reasonable shipping charges
     included, that folks have found, please?

   The rods and wire go down this week, CADwelds when I get them.  Then
on to the tower!

- Thanks! & 73, DavidC  K1YP in lightning-alley ... Hudson, Florida


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