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Re: Lightning and neutral grounding

No hammer required !!!

Just dig a small hole and fill it with water and slide the ground
rod in the ground in and out until you have it at the desired depth.
Keep the hole filled with water (important). Just do not do it on a
day when there are electrical storms in your area. I know a lot of
survivors from the annual Electric Shock and Lightning Strike 
Survivor Conferences.  The water acts as a lubricant and fills the 
hole made by the rod each time you slide the ground rod in and 
out of the hole. When you master this trick you will find that a 
hammer is not needed in most cases to drive a ground rod in the 
earth. Your mileage may vary depending on the type of soil you are 
dealing with. It works with red clay perfectly, but rocks can cause 
a little trouble. If you cannot work around the rocks, then I guess 
it would help to have a big hammer handy but I never had to use it.

An old timer taught me this trick many years ago when he seen me
working up a sweat trying to get that 8 foot ground rod in the ground.
When I seen him coming with a bucket of water and a shovel I 
thought for sure he was going to pull a prank on me. Instead, I was 
simply amazed at how fast and easy he got the rod in the ground with 
no hammer and no sweat.

Another chap in the business informed me that you should replace
the ground rod every 2 years or so. He said if you pull a copper rod 
out of the ground and it has not turned to powder, then it was not 
doing its job effectively. He explained that the ground rod had to be 
shined clean before putting it in the ground and the natural chemical 
reaction would take its course. That was an interesting comment and 
made me think about it for a little while on the effectiveness of a ground 
rods performance. If the ground rod does not have the chemical 
reaction taking place with Mother Earth, is it a good ground? I realize
that many ground rods today are not made of copper, but maybe some
have a copper coating.

Something to ponder...

Tim - N8DEU

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joel Black" <w4jbb@charter.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 5:29 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Lightning and neutral grounding

> That's where a good slide-hammer comes in handy.  It's still a lot of work,
> but at least you don't have to try and hit the wiggling ground rod.
> Joel B. Black, W4JBB
> w4jbb@charter.net
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jon Ogden" <na9d-2@speakeasy.net>
> To: "Woody" <kj4so@nc.rr.com>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 1:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Lightning and neutral grounding
> > on 3/11/03 11:04 AM, Woody at kj4so@nc.rr.com wrote:
> >
> > > You should also place an 8' ground rod at the corners of your house so
> the
> > > ground wire that ties all of your grounds together is not just bent
> around
> > > the corner.  Ground wires should never be bent around corners.
> >
> > Agreed.  If you follow a turn with a very gentle radius that will work as
> > well.  Never have sharp bends.  And it can't hurt to have the extra ground
> > rods.
> >
> > Just be prepared to be very tired and very sore for a few days.  I pounded
> > about 16 of them and hurt a LOT.
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > Jon
> > NA9D

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