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Old 03-28-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Ground rod versus ground plate?


I used to work with portable crushers run off a generator where either a ground rod was required or a ground plate (Ontario, Canada). We used a ground plate as it was less work to bury and unbury. 1) For a garage, can one put in a ground plate instead of a ground rod? If yes how deep. 2) I believe that ground rods may also be buried horizontally. Is this correct?

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Why not do a Ufer.

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I would check your local codes. Some places want it grounded (bonded) to re-bar in the foundation. It may not matter for a garage but some codes are getting out of hand.
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From ESAFAQ page.

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Can I use a ground plate instead of a ground rod?
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Yes. A ground plate may be used as an alternative to ground rods for grounding any electrical service of less than 750 volts.

Rule 10-700.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 24th Edition/2009.
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How many ground plates does the Code require to be installed for grounding of a residential electrical service?
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The Code requires that a minimum of one approved ground plate be used for grounding a residential electrical service.

Rule 10-700.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 24th Edition/2009
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Is it permissible to install a ground plate under the basement floor slab for grounding a low voltage electrical service?
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Yes. The code states that the plate shall be in direct contact with exterior soil at no less than 600 mm (24") below finished grade. Where the plate is buried below a basement floor, the basement floor can be treated as grade and the plate is to be located at least 600 mm (24") below the slab.

Rule 10-700 and Bulletin 10-11-X.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 24th Edition/2009.
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