> I've never understood why people don't just use extension buss bars ...
> like the kind that you can buy from Home Depot for adding more ground or
> neutral connections to your electric service entrance panel.
Good point, especially if single-point connections are used. I brought up
the example of using 2-hole lugs as being a better plate alternative, but if
I were to create a radial field tomorrow, I would probably just make a
square ring around the base using standard copper pipe, and use
silver-solder together with an acetylene torch (not with oxygen -- way too
hot) at the 90 degree elbows. Radials are then soldered direct to the pipe.
Another 'cheap and good' alternative to a radial plate is to make a ring bus
out of 1/0 copper wire. This requires stripping the insulation, but again,
the radials are soldered direct to the ring.
In both examples, long-term conductivity will almost certainly be better
than any radial plate solution.
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