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Old 07-28-2008, 03:53 AM   #16
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Stubbie, the disco I planned to use is a 30amp outdoor pullout type I purchased from HD. I believe it is for a pool or spa but would have to actually look at the box again. I read your PM and would like to respond but cannot as I don't have enough pots at this time. I will consider what you spoke of and will make a decision. I just hate it when I change directions in midstream, especially after a purchase. I am sure I can use the disco somewhere down the line as we are still setting up the 18 acres my brother and I purchased Nov 07. We have lots of equipment to unpack and set up, compressors, A/C for shop, power tools that would make Sears envious. Thanks again for your help.

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:32 AM   #17
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Two ground rods, eight feet apart, 1/2 or 5/8, #8 or #6 bare copper, can they be in series or do both need to land on ground bar in panel? Since this is for a well I am having drilled I would rather use the well casing if metal. I read on a pervious post, there is not a better ground than a metal well casing, espcially since it will be between 400' and 450' deep.

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:50 AM   #18
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Stubbie, I greatly appreciate your offer but must tell you I can't accept. I understand retirement, my 80 yr old dad was forced to retire for the 5th time since he turned 65 because of health reasons. His limited income forces him to make decisions he would rather not have to, gas for car to visit his brother or milk and bread? In your case you need to replace the lineman's you lost while attempting to make a few dollars gas money. You will probably say your offer is not a big deal, I would rather you use it to make more gas money or toward new lineman's, your skills at your trade allow you to pick up a few dollars here and there, that's great! My dad was a salesman, not much he can do to earn a little income on the side. Again thanks but my up bringing will not allow me to accept.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:37 PM   #19
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Hello Hd 82

I understand completely...

It will not be the end of the world if you do not use a building disconnect for your project. And there will not be any huge safety issue either. My advice was to make the installation code compliant nothing more nothing less.
At the end of the day I would rather you land your feeder at the panel first using the main lugs. Then a branch circuit to the pump disconnect to control the pump. That disconnect is not compliant for a detached structure as it is not service rated nor can it be configured as service rated.
I'm not sure if the well pump required a fused disconnect but be sure to follow the fuse type specified for the application. Probably an rk series time delay.
As for the ground rods.... yes two of them at least 6 foot apart, I'd put them 10 feet apart if possible. You can connect them in series connecting both rods using a listed ground rod clamp (acorn clamps) or you can run one conductor to the first rod and clamp it, then add a second clamp and run a conductor to the second rod and clamp. Like below....




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