I just moved in to a new home in GA, what I noticed is that the
electrical contractor tied to both an external ground rod plus a second
tie to the rebar used in the basement walls. My basement is poured
concrete and when the builder was installing the rebar I noticed that he
had ties between the different sections different from the normal ties
between rebar. As I understand it there is a NEC code requiring this
type of connection. Is it good for lighting or bad I do not know.
Guess only time will tell. I did not have the builder tie the rebar in
the tower base pour and my plans are to use three straps and separate
ground rods plus a field of radials with additional rods at the ends. I
have started the rods at the house and plan on at least four plus tie-in
to the power common point ground rod. Got my rods at Home Depot and I'm
sure there like Lowes
Good luck with mother nature.
> Did not do mine for that reason and for the fact of not really being sure
> that the cement pour did not uninstall the link. I Installed separate
> ground rods to the sides of the tower base with strap from tower to the
> ground rods (easily purchased at Lowe's)
> Art K5FNQ
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] rebar grounding
>> Hi folks;
>> I am about to pour 20 yards of concrete for my tower (SSV). Now I have
>> been told over the years not to ground my tower through the poured
>> cement. Well I have some folks who think I should ground the two
>> rebar mats plus the tower to the rebar. Of course what comes to mind
>> is the splitting of the base if it ever took a major hit.
>> I have always thought that his was a no-no and just ground the three
>> legs of the tower in the usual way I always have buy using two ground
>> rods on each leg and then tie all of the grounds together and then tie
>> them into the main electrical ground of the house/hamshack.
>> Your thoughts!
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