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Thread: Ground Wire From Ground Rod

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    But why solid?
    IDK, isn't stranded usually a little higher cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    IDK, isn't stranded usually a little higher cost?
    Probably, but working with #4 solid versus stranded (labor) trumps any additional wire cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    Probably, but working with #4 solid versus stranded (labor) trumps any additional wire cost.
    I would think difference is fairly negligible on a light pole application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    I would think difference is fairly negligible on a light pole application.
    Probably, I won't use solid if larger than #12 unless it's a pool application or in a cable.
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    That install in a common practice for NYC agencies.. they love to waste money

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    I was told it was for lightning protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrlucky74 View Post
    I was told it was for lightning protection?
    It offers a a very Very limited, basically useless, amount of lightning protection against a strike.

    Any direct or close strike will likely blow the durn pole right off the base.

    The costs outweigh the chance that the rod would actually be any measurable benefit.

    In short, it's a myth, old wives tale, and pure baloney IMO.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    It offers a a very Very limited, basically useless, amount of lightning protection against a strike.

    Any direct or close strike will likely blow the durn pole right off the base.

    The costs outweigh the chance that the rod would actually be any measurable benefit.

    In short, it's a myth, old wives tale, and pure baloney IMO.


    Wait so the lightning protection is suppose to save the poor from damage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrlucky74 View Post
    Wait so the lightning protection is suppose to save the poor from damage?
    Assuming you meant pole there, the pole is typically taking on a lot of current in a direct strike whether there is a ground rod or not. The poor, maybe a homeless person sleeping at the base of the pole, also probably isn't very well protected either way.

    Some of us have labeled those that specify ground rods where they won't really do much as "dirt worshipers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    Assuming you meant pole there, the pole is typically taking on a lot of current in a direct strike whether there is a ground rod or not. The poor, maybe a homeless person sleeping at the base of the pole, also probably isn't very well protected either way.
    Sorry I did. So wouldn't the ground rod be helpful be helpful in the event of a lightning strike and someone standing near the pole.

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