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Re: driving copper pipe
Original poster: "Dave Leddon by way of Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>" <dave-at-leddon-dot-com>
At 05:18 PM 8/6/03 -0600, you wrote:
>Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>
>There is "real" ground rod! Thick copper coated 1/2" hard steel. I like
>to sharpen the end far sharper than it comes from the store. Any
>electrical supply house will have it as do many big home stores. Don't
>use soft copper pipe unless your ground is like peat moss or you have a
>house boat ;o)) Just call around for ground rod. I think Radio Shack
>also has it.
>I pound it into the Colorado clay as far as possible and cut off what is
>left sticking up. They are six feet long and I have been known to cut off
>four feet :o))
>Las Vegas has some kind of cement like soil called kalika (sp) that makes
>clay look like butter!!
Worse than concrete. It doesn't break when you hit it. Pool contractors
in the area offer caliche insurance for about $2000 since a large patch of
the stuff can add thousands to the cost of digging the hole.
>At 04:54 PM 6/1/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>>I'm sure many of you know how hard it is to drive long pieces of copper
>>pipe into hard ground to make an RF ground, such as my yard which has a
>>lot of clay in it. I was wondering if it would be alright to fill a 5'
>>piece of .5" or .75" copper pipe with quick cement to make it sturdy
>>enough to pound into the ground. If not what other method could I use to
>>get the pipe into the ground?
Former Vegas resident,