My house has stranded lightning cables from the previous owner (run parallel to
CATV wiring - but that's another story).
I reckon that keeping your house from burning down does not require as good a
grounding as keeping your MOSFETs running. Installing stranded cable must be
lot easier than solid, but maybe there's more to it.
I found some Canadian govt spec that says that stranded cabling is REQUIRED.
See http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/regulations/regs/lr1352.htm. There seem to be a
lot of prescriptions in this business, but not much analytical or experimental
> I am curious as to why all the building lightning rod systems I have seen on
> barns and homes use stranded wire in a rope lay, from the rod to the ground
> Harger Lightning Protection sells many sizes of multi strand bonding
> conductors. They identify them with their cross-sectional area measured in
> cm. I also have a few Andrews hardline grounding kits that use stranded
> Perhaps manufacturers sacrifice some performance for flexibility?
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