Replace that braid a soon as possible. Your next tower strike will be less
likely to cause damage.
I am also using braid on my tower and have a similar "to-do" list backlog.
I have obtained a roll of "210" as the electrical supply company termed it,
plus SS tower leg clamps from DX Engineering for ground wire connection, so
no more excuses. The 210 turns out to mean 2 GA solid tinned wire. Their
biggest customer for this product is the local power company. A roll has
500 feet and is VERY heavy, both in weight and price.
73, Keith NM5G
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of James
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 2:50 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Grounding
In recent TT conversations it was pointed out that one should NOT use
braided line for grounding. Well Just @#(*$% ! I thought I was doing a
good thing when I used the only length of 1 inch wide braid to connect the
longest(deepest) ground rod to the tower with braid. This is also the
connection that has all the 'lightning arrestor' mounted to it.
My other ground rod connections are made with 1/2 inch copper tubing.
I drilled and tapped the top of the ground rods and flattened the tubing and
connected the tubing to the rods with Stainless bolts and conductive grease.
My question is. Should I replace the braid with copper tubing? It is
doable but would add another project to a long list.
BTW - one could use metal chimney sweep brushes instead of the expensive
porcupines - if one wanted to install a porcupine.
I'm not going to tell you where I live because I don't want anyone else to
come here and mess up the place - and raise taxes - So there!
Joan & Jim
On The River
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