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Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding Rod Lenght

To: "James" <>, <>,"Pete Smith" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding Rod Lenght
From: "Jim Lux" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 13:54:11 -0800
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Having just looked it up at   The latest code is the
2002, with the 2005 due to be issued in Sept 2004.  Be aware that many
jurisidications adopt some other version as the "official code" for their
municipality, so you might not actually be subject to the 2002 code in your
location, in a "legal requirement for a building permit" sense.

However, if it came to a sticky issue, one would be expected to be aware of
what's in the latest code (part of that "responsible professional" thing)
and whether it was significant.. that is, in civil proceedings, you can be
held to a higher standard than simply "what's in the law"..  The "law"
determines whether there's criminal liability  or if it's just going to be a
civil "you gotta pay for what you done wrong" sort of thing...

Hey folks.. there's a lot more to being "in the business" these days than
just hanging up the shingle and saying you're open for business.  When
things go wrong, the net is cast very, very wide to attempt to "point the
finger" at someone else, or at least to get some other "interested parties"
involved in the process.

I don't recall any significant differences in recent revisions of the code
with respect to grounding, though...

Jim Lux, P.E.,  W6RMK

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Smith" <>
To: "Jim Lux" <>; "James" <>;
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding Rod Lenght

> At 10:30 AM 2/15/04 -0800, Jim Lux wrote:
> >You won't find the NEC online; it's copyrighted, and the publisher, NFPA,
> >which goes to some expense to create the code, would prefer to be paid
> >their labors.  If you're in a business subject to "the code", it's
> >worthwhile to spend the $50 and get a copy, especially if questions like
> >this come up very often, or if you operate in a litigious environment.
> Jim makes a good point, which this manager should be sensitive to,
> concerning liability that might arise from the facilities you're
> installing.  By all means, the Book ought to be on hand.
> In the meantime, I took a look at my copy of Wiring Simplified, 38th
> Edition, by H.P. Richter and W.C. Schwan, Published by Park Publishing
> company, ISBN 0-9603294-6-3, which states that it is based on the latest
> (1996) wiring code.  I presume that if there's a new edition of the NEC by
> now, there must also be a 39th edition of this book.  I got it at Lowe's.
> Page 69 appears to lift directly from the NEC, and says that an adequate
> ground may be a variety of things (UFER, existing piping, etc.), but if it
> is a ground rod, it must be "an 8-ft. driven 1/2" copper or 5/8" steel rod
> or 3/4" galvanized steel pipe."  Seems pretty clear.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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