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Re: [TowerTalk] 4 awg copper wire and Amp locks

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 4 awg copper wire and Amp locks
From: NV8A <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 07:07:14 -0400
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On 07/11/06 04:18 am Michael Tope wrote:

> And just to put it all in perspective, consider how all the utililties
> entering your house are grounded. Is it an array of ground rods
> bussed together 00 cooper and Cadwelded connections? No, its a
> single 8ft ground rod with a compression clamp. And that's the
> electrical utility ground. Look at the CATV ground. It's a puny little
> ground block with a #12 AWG wire clamped through a #10 screw
> (if your lucky). Same for the telephone ground.

But if your munisipality requires *you* to comply with the NEC, and if 
your insurance co. won't pay out if your house burns down because they 
allege that *you* did not follow the NEC, it may not do you much good to 
point out that the power co., cable TV installer, etc. didn't follow the 

IAC, the NEC is constantly being updated (new editions every three 
years), so 40 years ago the power co. wasn't bound by today's NEC; 
that's assuming that the power companies are bound by the NEC at all.

BTW, ISTR that compression clamps are permitted by the NEC, but they 
have to be checked for tightness every year.


Alan NV8A

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