[TowerTalk] Trenching (OUCH)

Merlin-7 KI4ILB merlin-7 at sc.rr.com
Sat Aug 26 17:56:10 EDT 2006

 A good old fashined electric arc might do the trick and getting it fired
 Arc welder or even a few 12 volt car batteries wired in seris may do the
 If I understand your problem corectly.


> Greeting fellow TT colleagues,
> Today I'm "recovering" from serveal hours behind a Ditch-Witch (Model
> 1030) yesterday.  My yard looks like I've got HUGE GOPHERS everywhere.
> machine has vibrated and bufffed every muscle in my body and I feel like a
> whose had several rounds in the ring with Ali!    This thing is not for
> precision work.  It gets a job done but much hand work is now required
owing to
> the fact that I had set all my ground rods first (would rethink this next
> and followed by trenching between them.
> After I finished trenching I excitedly brought out the One-Shot Cadwelds
> I got just for this job.  There I was, all set up and ready to go.
> was in place.  Spark-spark-spark - nothing!!  Humm, so, let's try again,
> Spark-spark-spark.  Nothing again.  Well, I'll stick some fuse into it.
> nothing!  Opened another one - same thing.  Opened a 3rd one -same thing.
> I headed right for the phone to call my contact at Erico.  When I
explained the
> problem in detail (no "starting powder" was retained in the container -
it's all
> mixed  together) she told me they have had some problems with Q.C.  I
asked if
> they would overnight new "powder cartridges" to me and she agreed but I
made the
> mistake of not specifying "Saturday Delivery."  Hence, my project is on
> until Monday when I hope to make real progress in tying all the many
ground rods
> together.  Seems there are about 20 of them forming the tower radial
> which ties into the peripheral ground system around the house.
> My body needed a rest today - there is little doubt in my mind about
> that, so I guess it all worked out for the best.
> 73,
> Mike DiGiroalmo, W4XN
> Charlottesville, VA
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