Originally Posted by Blue Jay
If you have several rods to drive (I had 8) go to a rental and rent a hammer drill and use it to put the rods in the ground. Got them all in, wired in and hammer drill returned 1 day!
I think I'll call around and see the pricing for that.
I have the materials to water drill it, which is supposed to be just as fastInstalling Ground Rods the Easy Way.
That being said, you should also follow the NFPA NEC guidelinesElectrical Code vs. Good RF Grounding
(BlueJay, I imagine you know most of what I'm saying here, but since others will read this post later...it's for them)
Much of what is said (by the more knowledgeable) in that latter article
would also apply to checking your phone wiring and TV cable carrier's grounding.
Most of those guys are minimum wage contractor installers, and just go for the nearest metal for the traveller/messenger wire on their cable, and hope that's a ground. In many older homes, it's NOT a ground, but not their problem.
Yes, once you got your insurance company to care and spend the legal time, you might win a case against the cable company for a lightning strike on your cable burning your house down --- because they attached their messenger wire to something on your house that wasn't a ground at all...
that still won't replace your family...