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Old 01-12-2012, 01:03 AM   #1
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I was able to get all but about 10 inches of a grounding rod in so I dug as much of a trench as I could next to it and bent it over so nobody would trip on it. Is it possible that I could just fill in over the rod because we plan on filling this area with more fill after inspection. I have never ran into this issue and I am kinda stuck here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I was able to get all but about 10 inches of a grounding rod in so I dug as much of a trench as I could next to it and bent it over so nobody would trip on it. Is it possible that I could just fill in over the rod because we plan on filling this area with more fill after inspection. I have never ran into this issue and I am kinda stuck here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Well I don't know if the inspector will like it but I do know some electricians will just take a grinder and cut it. I don't suggest it because its not legal however if you do it, take a sledge hammer and bang the top up so if the inspector feels the top it won't be nice and smooth.

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Yeah sometimes they check the rods for the imprinted part at the top. If bending it over is not acceptable I will just install another rod at an angle.
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Going to call my inspector tomorrow. Not interested in hacking anything up anymore than it already is.
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The entire rod (or very close to it) needs to be below grade. It doesn't necessarily have to be below ORIGINAL grade, just below FINISHED grade. If you will be adding at least 10" of fill, then you're set.
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Well I don't know if the inspector will like it but I do know some electricians will just take a grinder and cut it. I don't suggest it because its not legal however if you do it, take a sledge hammer and bang the top up so if the inspector feels the top it won't be nice and smooth.
Why would you even give someone an idea like this knowing it is not code compliant?
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Why would you even give someone an idea like this knowing it is not code compliant?
Because my outlook in life is if your gona do it do it right, so still when your doing something wrong do it right
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Sounds deceptive to me by trying to make something look like something it isn't.
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Sounds deceptive to me by trying to make something look like something it isn't.
It is deceptive
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Drive another ground rod (or two more if your area needs two). The existing ground rod can be left unconnected for now and you can grind it off and/or bond it to the system at a later date after inspection and it will do no harm.

Do you have enough fill to bring the area (perhaps from the foundation out horizontally past the ground rod two feet and two feet to each side) up to proposed finished grade right now or temporarily for electrical inspection? Is that enough to cover the rod?
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Yeah think I will do another one at an angle and see how that goes the other rod did the same thing but I was able to remove it and put it at an angle. Even if the inspector passes it knowing it's just bent over will drive me mad. Very fussy about my work.
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Second attempt was a success. Next step was dis a two foot deep trench and lay the rod in there.
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It is deceptive
Meh.
Decptive is cutting to 8' rods in half...
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I just grab em with my left hand, hold a 5lb sledge in my right and threaten them. They usually go the rest of the way in ....
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The area where I was was like a large dirt covered rock ledge. Was lucky we got the 26" trench dug and got the conduit ran. Where the rods had to be put in it was full of rocks.

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