Ground Rod Installation
I need tips for driving ground rods. What is the easiest method(s)?
I heard something about filling your hole with water as you go, but I only got part of the info--can anyone elaborate on this?
(I need 3 for the house I just bought. 1 is for the generator. The other 2 is for the panel, which was only tied to the cold water.)
Rotary Hammer and ground rod chuck is by far the easiest method. Water in the hole can help in some soil conditions.
A ground rod at the generator is debatable, if your transfer switch does not switch the dwelling service neutral then a ground rod is not necessary.
When you did the water and hole method, did you keep adding water while moving the ground rod up and down? I've done that with many since I don't have the rotary hammer set up. I usually get about 6 feet in this way, then finish with a sledge. If you do the sledge route, put your clamp on before smaking it...that way you don't have to fight the mushroomed head.
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