The breaker panel and disconnect are in the basement. It is an 'old school'
deep basement where even the top of the panel is below the outside ground
My description was not complete, so I will try to clarify. I have had the
underground lines marked for several digging projects. It is very clear
where the underground power lines from the utility come to the meter. After
the meter the lines go right back underground at the pole. Each time they
have marked for when I dig the results are very consistent. The power lines
to and from the pole are at least 4 feet underground.
It looks to me like they dug a trench 4 feet deep from the meter/pole and
simply ran the wires down the trench and through the basement wall. Then
later built a porch over the top of the filled in trench.
The lines from the meter to the panel enter the house about 4 feet
underground. If there is a rod installed at this point, the top of the rod
would probably be 4 feet underground. The point where the power lines enter
the house lies beneath a porch making digging four feet to look for a rod
The sticker on the panel claims it passed inspection (30 years ago). The
phone line (not in use) enters the house on another side, and has a simple
connection to a very small ground rod there.
Thanks for the Help and Suggestions!
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Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Another Grounding Question
Where is the main service disconnect switch and breaker panel? Are they
on the pole or in the basement?
On 9/6/2012 8:44 PM, Gary "Joe" Mayfield wrote:
> I need to make one more grounding connection by bonding the tower grounds
> the electrical ground.
> My power meter is on a light pole about 20 feet from my house. The power
> comes to the pole underground and then goes to the house underground as
> well. It just pops up out of the ground for the light and then the meter.
> The power enters the house through a basement wall.
> There is no obvious ground rod to be seen. The pole has a bare wire
> from the meter into the ground. I suspect it is attached to the bottom of
> the pole. If I bond the tower grounds to this wire have I done what I am
> supposed to do? If not what do folks suggest?
> Thanks and 73,
> Joe kk0sd
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