In a message dated 5/24/2007 2:48:30 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> 4 hours of back-breaking labour has resulted in my being able to get
a ground rod down 14" using a 10# hand sledge. My soil is extremely
rocky and this rod MUST go in within a foot of a 100+ year old oak
(for a K9AY loop - Gary sez it must be right at the base). I don't
know if I'm hitting roots or rock, but I can tell you I'll do
anything or pay anything to get this driven in, no questions asked.
I've tried 6 tool rental places, Home Depots, etc, and nobody rents
ground rod driving tools in this part of the state (no idea why, they
> I've come this close to hospitalizing myself over this project and
don't know where to turn. I've run the hose for two hours and it
loosens up that top foot of earth real easy. I've tried driving it
within about a 2' circle and the best I can do anywhere else is about
6: before hitting something.
> Is there a trick to getting this done that I can try, or am I looking
at hiring a heavy construction firm for thousands of dollars?
Dear Glutton For Punishment -
Ouch! You should've spent 15 minutes going thru the TT archives at
contesting.com. There are several ways to do it. Off the top of my head I
one of the better ideas was to rent an impact drill. As I recall (check the
archives) there's a special bit you can get for ground rods. It'll hammer them
If it's that rocky, I'd have put the ground rod(s) in horizontally.
That'll still give you a good earth connection.
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