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Old 09-09-2009, 10:34 AM   #41
 
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:07 PM   #42
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................Most times in my area driving a rod would give Ken's demo hammer some trouble. Rods have a hard time splitting potato sized rocks.
Not really. It'll still drive the rod, but it won't be straight when it gets done.

I've had it hit rocks and start bending the rod to where it comes back up a couple feet away.
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Com on dude, yous no thats the ritghz waye ta do dat is ta cut the rod firsts.
Cut it in half and save 12 bucks

I will tell a brief version of my favorite ground rod story.

A POCO inspector on a resi service upgrade thought that the rods had been cut and wouldn't sign off unless Steven installed new ones. (He had seen some short pieces of 1/2" copper pipe in the dumpster)

Steven showed him the demo hammer/driver and retrieved the copper pipe but the inspector stood firm and wouldn't sign off for a reconnect.


Homeowners went to a hotel for a couple days and the inspector came back with a line crew and pulled the first 8' rod out. He then pulled the second 8' rod out. He then told Steven to reinstall them and he would sign off. Steven laughed and the line crew had to pound them in with a small sledge hammer.

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Not really. It'll still drive the rod, but it won't be straight when it gets done.

I've had it hit rocks and start bending the rod to where it comes back up a couple feet away.
I had one come in through the basement wall. That was embarrassing. Never expected a big gooney to be buried right next to the house. It's normally pretty decent fill right along a house.
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