Guess that sums it up! Thanks, Bill.
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From: "Bill Hider (N3RR)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2001 9:32 AM
Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Angle iron as ground rods
> EIA/TIA-222-F (dated June 10, 1996)says you must use 8 foot (minimum)
> galvanized steel 5/8" diameter ground rods.
> There is no option for any other material.
> Bill, N3RR
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] Angle iron as ground rods
> Good morning, all...
> I am about 3 or 4 weeks from pouring concrete. And I am still looking for
> faster, easier, less expensive ways to complete my tower project. I have
> scanned the archives, but can find no reference to/thread about using
> iron as "ground rods".
> My hole-digging-contractor said that he could 'drive' the angle iron into
> the ground with his backhoe bucket... a la 'pile driver' style.
> better than me bustin' my butt with a sledge! BUT... would the angle iron
> be 'conductive' enough? What about plating? Of course, the more I
> from 'standard' angle iron, the higher the costs involved. Would a
> 'copper-clad' rod offer a better conductive surface than standard angle
> iron? Haven'y done the math, but the 1 1/2 to 2" angle iron HAS to have
> more surface area.
> It would appear the angle iron would facilitate connections. The holes in
> the angle iron encourage the use of big bolts/washers... thus providing a
> better (?) physical/electrical connection for ground wire(s) than the
> 'bug-style' clamps. [The preceding was a question!]
> I have made note of the mini-water cannon/garden hose method. I will
> certainly invest in parts to make this device. But the hard ground here
> the land of taxes (no... not Texas!) makes me dubious. The protracted dry
> spell has not helped this situation.
> Every time I eat those mushrooms I get these crazy ideas... but I can
> on the gurus of TT to bring me back to reality. Should I lay in a supply
> angle iron and fire up the backhoe??
> Gary B
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