Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Install a Grounding Rod The Easy Way. Post #657.


If you're having trouble viewing this video, please insert this address into your browser search box: https://youtu.be/kpI8PFMYl4. Pounding ground rods isn't one of my favorite chores when I build an amateur radio station or erect a vertical antenna.  A ground rod and its associated radial system are necessary to protect your equipment from nearby lightning strikes, static discharges, and to provide the "missing half" of your vertical antenna system.  Still, ground rods are a genuine chore for most of us.  There may be another way to install a ground rod without all the strenuous effort required.  In this video, we learn a cheap and easy way to drive an 8-foot/2.43 meter copper grounding rod into the ground without "pounding it to oblivion" with a heavy sledgehammer. Pounding a ground rod with a heavy hammer can remove the copper coating from the rod and decrease the effectiveness of the rod.  In less than 15 minutes, you can have the ground rod installed and buried, even if you're dealing with small rocks and clay.  The rod in this video is not the actural grounding rod.  It's just a drill to make a hole in the ground.  Once the actual grounding rod is placed in the hole and the soil returned, there will be a tightly compacted substance of soil and left over water to hold the rod securly in the hole.  For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Thanks for joining us today!  Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).