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Got a customer buying a house that just got home inspection. One of the issues is one of the rain gutter downspouts is touching the meterbase. I thought in order to eliminate potential I could bond it to the grounding system?
 

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Lol. What do the home inspectors do when your meter can is bolted on top of aluminium siding? Run for cover?
 

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Geez, I thought this was going to be a roof overhang near a swimming pool. My fingers were all set to type yes.
 
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Nope, they suggest that the siding be bonded. True story.:eek:

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And I had to do that per local inspector. He said just put a lug by the meter. I ask with what does the lug need connected with? He said a metal screw is good. I told him I already have four metal lag screws in a big lug. He called me a smart ass and ordered his lug to be installed.
 

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What should I say when I do repairs? What distance does downspout need to be safe. I really don't see an issue but i want to cover my bases because my friend's dad is trying to buy the place. He's a some kind of high level doctor and is seriously smart as a brain surgeon. I haven't had a chance to look at house, but will do so when this hurricane passes.
 

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What code or local ordinance is the inspector using to back his request up?
I did have to bond a downspout once, by customer's request (he paid for it), because of the proximity of the service attachment and the drip loop to the gutter. That I can agree with.
But the meter can? That should be at the ground potential by default, and if it's not, there are greater problems at play than a downspout being energized..
 

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What are the possible reasons to bond a gutter?

Seriously.
So Sally here don't go sticking that metal stick in the pool water and the other end touches a live gutter jus waiting to complete the path back to the transformer...

 
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