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Author Topic: Galvanized ground rods?  (Read 442 times)
ANON5
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« on: November 25, 2001, 07:29:51 PM »

Greetings:

Do 8' galvanized ground rods work as well as the copper clad ones? At a hardware and building store today all they had were the galvanized ones. More than an RF ground (its for a loop antenna), I need a low impedance ground to keep the lightning (rare here) out of the house. Is galvanizing equivalent to copper cladding for this purpose?

Thanks.

John, KD7OIU
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AC5E
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2001, 07:47:12 PM »

Well, I could use a lot of words - but don't use galvanized ground rods or galvanized hardware unless you like to replace them. Copper clad rods, bronze hardware, and copper wire is the way to go - even if you have to special order the stuff from an electricians supply store.

  73  Pete Allen  AC5E






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KA4WJA
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2001, 11:40:50 PM »

Okay this is getting scary.... I am agreeing WAY too much with everyone.... (esp.   Pete, AC5E   Hi, hi)

But I can add something that might help...
Try Home Depot... Our local home depot stocks copper ground rods, clamps, strap, etc....

Good luck.
73,
John,  KA4WJA
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INITZERO
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2001, 02:39:53 PM »

If you can't find normal eight-foor grounding rods,
buy ten-foot copper pipe. In fact, for my money, I'd
start with the pipe.

In my neighborhood, ten feet of copper pipe is two
or three dollars less than eight feet of copper-clad
grounding rod. Plus, with the pipe, all you need to
do is put a hose and one in and it goes in the ground
like butter. With the rod, there is much pounding to
be done.

Matt (k4mls)
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W9GB
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2001, 03:50:51 PM »

John -

Every Lowes and Home Depot I have walked into across the country has a well stocked electrical department.

Copper or copper clad grounding rods, copper or bronze ground straps as well as copper wire in various gauges readily available.  

w9gb
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