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We are having part of our foundation replaced. The inspector told the contractor to make sure and have an electrician install a ground to the re-rod within the foundation. I have never heard of this. Our house is grounded on the back side by the electrical panel. This is not in the area they are digging the new footings.
 

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Sounds like your inspector is asking for a Ufer ground to be installed in the new footings. This can be 20' of rebar or #4 copper in the bottom of the footing in contact with the earth. This would need to be bonded to any other electrodes in the grounding system.
 
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