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Old 08-05-2008, 07:28 AM   #31
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Just thought I would post an update/end to this, in talking with my employer the other day about always being required to drive a grounding rod, he mentioned the section of code I told him to talk to the inspector about the next time it was inspected. One inspector apparently just looked at my boss and kinda walked away (like I don't want to talk to you). Another inspector said something about it being state code that a ground rod is required. It really makes no sense at all, and I have explained it to my employer and he seems to understand what it is I am talking about. Anyway, its just a local state code to drive a ground rod for generators (I wonder if they would require a ground rod on a small honda generator with that single outlet on it?)

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Old 08-05-2008, 09:44 AM   #32
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Just thought I would post an update/end to this, in talking with my employer the other day about always being required to drive a grounding rod, he mentioned the section of code I told him to talk to the inspector about the next time it was inspected. One inspector apparently just looked at my boss and kinda walked away (like I don't want to talk to you). Another inspector said something about it being state code that a ground rod is required. It really makes no sense at all, and I have explained it to my employer and he seems to understand what it is I am talking about. Anyway, its just a local state code to drive a ground rod for generators (I wonder if they would require a ground rod on a small honda generator with that single outlet on it?)
Well, with the hardwired output, the NEC requires the grounding system also. So you seem to be stuck with the ground rods. Generators (like the Honda) having only cord and plug connected loads, would not need the ground rod.

So are you going to use the three short rods?
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:05 PM   #33
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Well it seems that the 3 short rods is considered acceptable in this area, at least according to one inspector anyway. I am usually not the one thats doing the ground hook-up and I have not been there when the inspector comes by to check it out. I usually do the hardwire tap later or connect the loads to the generator when I am on that particular job. This generator does have the ability for a hardwire tap, but most times we only use the "turtles" which my understanding is that these are classified under the "cord and plug" devices since they have the 50 amp twist lock right on the generator front panel. It really seems stupid to have a ground rod required when all we are doing is plugging in a couple cords to some turtles (and on occasion the 3 20 amp gfi's on the front panel).

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