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Old 09-17-2008, 09:59 AM   #16
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With 2 people you can have one hold a length of wood with a hole drilled in to steady and guide the top of the rod while the other hits the rod with a sledge. Make sure you place the acorn connector on the rod before starting to hit as it will mushroom.

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Old 09-17-2008, 01:20 PM   #17
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Have someone else hold the ground rod, stand on a ladder, then drive it into the ground with a sledge hammer.

Don't hit the fingers of your helper!
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:55 PM   #18
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My arms hurt just thinking about that one. Get a rotary hammer (buy, rent, borrow) and be done with it in a few minutes.
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:34 PM   #19
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I live in CT, and I just use a slede hammer, you guys just need to take the skirts off.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:20 PM   #20
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I watched an electrician put an 8' ground rod into the ground with nothing but his bare hands and a garden hose.

He got the rod started and then put the garden hose down where the rod entered the ground, letting the water trickle down the hole made by the ground rod. When he wanted to put that rod in, all he had to do was leave the hose running and just spin the rod between his two hands, sort of like using a bow and a piece of wood to start a fire.

It went into that sandy, KS soil like it was made of butter!

Just curious to know of anyone else uses this trick or has seen it work?

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Yeah, that's how we put them in around here (clay country). Push the rod in a foot or so and remove it, then take a bucket of water, pour it in the hole, wait a few minutes, shove it in again. Repeat the above process 5 or 6 times and your ground rod is in with no pounding. Work smart, not hard
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:09 PM   #21
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I use a 45 pound chipping hammer with a ground rod driver attachment. one to two minutes per rod to get them in the ground. Best investment ever made. I found a used chipping hammer for about $300.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:50 AM   #22
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Hmmm. Where I live, outside of Chicago, I was able to pound a few home (1 in garage and 2 for new service) with a 5# hammer. Granted, I stood on a ladder to get them started, but not one of them took longer than about 5 minutes to get in.

A friend of mine was having a lot of trouble getting his rods in as the ground was really hard. I suggested setting out a hose and running a slow trickle over the area for several hours. That in itself was enough to take care of his problems.

I guess at the end of the day, the method that you use really depends on the soil conditions that you're dealing with. Where my in-laws live down in Arkansas, the ground is sedentary stone, gravel and clay. I don't have one clue as to how they do it down there.

Start simple with a heavy hammer and if that doesn't work, then go with the oil drilling machine! And as someone else said, put an acorn clamp on the top to prevent mushrooming.

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Start simple with a heavy hammer and if that doesn't work, then go with the oil drilling machine! And as someone else said, put an acorn clamp on the top to prevent mushrooming.

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Jim,
I think he meant to put the acorn on before hammering out the mushroom. Once you have a mushroom you can't get the acorn on.

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