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Re: [TowerTalk] Ground rod connectors

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Ground rod connectors
From: Alan Beagley <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 11:01:40 -0500
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Yes, they do need to be checked regularly and retightened if necessary. A suggestion soemebody made on the newsgroup (a couple of long threads about grounding recently) was to protect the connections with a capped PVC pipe that can be removed easily when the connection needs to be checked.

I believe the NEC does specify solid copper wire.

Alan AB2OS

On 03/13/04 10:36 am N2TK put fingers to keyboard and launched the following message into cyberspace:

When I lived in New Jersey I used those bronze ground rod clamps on all my
ground rods. The tops of the ground rods were buried about 6".  When I was
getting ready to move,  I pulled up all the coax and ground wires. I was
surprised to find that those bronze clamps were loose on every ground rod
after 8 years. Maybe you need to retighten them every so often?
That is why for every connection to the ground rods I now use Cadweld
one-shots. Also recommend you use solid copper wire over stranded wire. Only
got about 8 years of use out of the stranded copper wire here in New York

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