[TowerTalk] Grounding tower

Grant Saviers grants2 at pacbell.net
Sun Jan 5 10:11:35 EST 2014

Ground the anchor bolts to the main rebar cage with several short pieces 
of rebar, tied tightly.  You might consider tack welding if you have 
followed the recent thread on that!  My HDX589 bolts were tied together 
at two levels with #3 rebar tacked on while the bolts were snug on the 
base.  Then the base was removed and the bolt cage set inside the main 
cage and tied together.  Makes it easier to pour and finish the concrete.

You will have over 150 sq ft of concrete in contact with earth and the 
concrete bottom of 20 sq ft or so is 8 ft down.  Every 5/8" x 8 ft rod 
driven full depth is 1.5 sq ft of surface.  CA is a very low lightning 
frequency state, so I wouldn't bother with more rods.  I lived on a 
ridge 1500' above SiVly for 18 years and never saw a ground strike on 
that ridge.  When I lived in eastern MA, the lightning could be really 

The "flash and fracture" is urban legend IMO, particularly if the rebar 
is assembled to code.  Check the codes for explosives, munitions, and 
flammable liquids storage facilities - all REQUIRE Ufers.

Enjoy your new tower!

Grant KZ1W

On 1/4/2014 5:42 PM, Mike Fahmie wrote:
> I'm putting up a HDX572.  Digging the hole has been quite a job, hardpan was encounter a few feet below the surface and it was alternating jackhammer and backhoe work for two days to get close to the specified depth.
> Now, I'm wondering if I'll be able to drive ground rods into that stuff!  I have a impact driver with the appropriate driver head but I need a 'Plan B' if, as I expect, the rods won't go in.  I can imbed some rods or heavy gauge wire into the concrete (ala Ufer ground) but have heard that if the tower takes a strike the moisture in the concrete could flash into steam and fracture the concrete.
> Comments??
> -Mike-
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