|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Ground rod connectors|
|From:||Alan Beagley <AB2OS@att.net>|
|Date:||Sat, 13 Mar 2004 11:01:40 -0500|
Yes, they do need to be checked regularly and retightened if necessary.
A suggestion soemebody made on the alt.home.repair 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.
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 State.
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