[TowerTalk] Ground Rod Driver

Jim Smith jimsmith at shaw.ca
Fri May 9 18:09:42 EDT 2003


How long does it take you to install a ground rod using this technique? 
 Are you going into hardpan?

Jim Smith    VE7FO

Lee Buller wrote:

>Dale's method of using water has worked for me all every time.  I use no hammer at all.  Just a divit in the ground...a gallon of water...and a vice-grips to hold on to the ground rod when you get it 7-8' in the ground.  I have put in dozens ground rods in this manner.  Just keep tamping down the rod....pull it out...pour more water in the hold...and continue.  I've also used salt-brine as well....using ground up rock salt in the water.  After 24 hours, the rod cannot be pulled up without using considerable force.  For FD, I use this method and then use an old car bumper-jack with my vice-grips and a chain to remove them in about 10 minutes.
>Lee = K0WA

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