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Old 09-10-2010, 04:07 PM   #46
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im starting to understand, and like your straight to the pointism. i just made that word up. although i am a little confused on the discision. it still sounds like i DONT need an additional grounding rod in my case.

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im starting to understand, and like your straight to the pointism. i just made that word up. although i am a little confused on the discision. it still sounds like i DONT need an additional grounding rod in my case.

A ground rod is not needed and you will not get any extra safety by having one. If you did decide to have one, make sure you absolutly do still run a ground wire back to your main panel. A ground rod downstream does not establish a new ground and would be a hazard
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Your spa panel is attached to your house which has the service equipment (main panel) it has all the grounding to earth done at that panel.
Now lets say you had a pool or spa house separate from your dwelling with the service equipment .... and in that spa house was your spa panel. In that case you would require a ground rod for protection of property not humans.

680.26(B) Tells you there is no requirement to connect to any ground rods in your situation.

Ground rods offer no protection for humans. They are not the same as the equipment grounding conductors which facilitate the opening of circuit breakers and are meant to protect humans from electrocution. The bonding wire that connects all the metal parts together for the spa and the equipotential grid under the spa plus the equipment grounding is what keeps you safe. Driving a ground rod just adds needless metal in the ground.

You could drive a 100 of them around your pool/spa with no benefit to human safety.
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well the wiring is all run. all hooked up. filled the spa to make sure it all works, and BAM!!!!!! everything works great. now all we need is the inspection. thanks so much for all of the advice and concerns. i will surely use this site in the future for anything i may have questions about. anybody know how to make a wife happy? lol

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