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[TowerTalk] Angle iron as ground rods

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Angle iron as ground rods
From: (J. Kincade)
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 16:43:10 -0500
Heck, just out of pure curiosity, what if you have two or three feet of dirt
and solid rock under that in the vicinity of the base of your tower, like at
my place? Solid rock doesn't make a very good ground, not to mention
impossible to drive a rod into. The specs are nice, and should be followed
where possible, but common sense must eventually prevail. Unless you are
building something for the gubmint, of course. That being said, I still
don't think angle would be a very good deal, unless it was galvanized, and
even then copper coated rod is better and not that expensive at around $5 or
so each. I cut them all in half and put them in at about 4' each (11 of them
in all) and connected them all together in a matrix using copper strap. The
rub is when you start looking to buy 1-1/2" or 2" copper strap to connect
all those rods together, and get sticker shock!
73, Jerry W5KP

> > Gary,
> >
> > 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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