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    Grounding rod question

    I thought 8' gd. rod were supposed to be installed full depth in ground... my guess in this case, installer hit rock and stopped?? Any other comments would be appreciated.
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    Could be a 10' rod and the installer left 2' out of the ground.

    Most likely the installer hit rock with an 8' rod and didn't have a blade for his "saws-all"!
    If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!

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    That close to the foundation he hit the footer.

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    It's probably already cut to 3' and just poked into the ground. Did you try pulling on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delfadelfa View Post
    That close to the foundation he hit the footer.
    I think you're right. It looks like it's bent some from hitting a solid object like a footer.

    Seriously doubt it's a 10' rod.
    Electricians do it until it Hertz!

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    This rod is an electrode for the service?
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    This rod is an electrode for the service?
    Yes
    Tony Shupenko, PE

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFletcher View Post
    I think you're right. It looks like it's bent some from hitting a solid object like a footer.

    Seriously doubt it's a 10' rod.
    I agree.... footing would be closer to 6 feet below this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    It's probably already cut to 3' and just poked into the ground. Did you try pulling on it?
    Some lateral wobble... though I did not pull on it.
    Tony Shupenko, PE

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    if that is the worst thing you find, I would not be all that worried.
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