Hello, One part of the grounding electrode system on my 60 amp panel
runs through a #6 stranded wire to the top of a rod in the ground.
This rod was placed decades ago and I assume it is was driven
perpendicularly, I do not know how long it is. The other wire used to
go to a metal water pipe that came out of the earth. The metal pipes
were removed when we hooked up a pump with plastic tubing. My
question: How do I reconstruct this part of the electrode system?
Can I drive another 1/2" x 6-8 ft copper grounding rod and attach the
#6 cable to it? How far must it be from the other electrode? Can it
be laid flat if it can't be driven perpendicularliy? Since this is
the grounding electrode, is it safe to work on this while the panel is
energized? Thank you all for your help. PS - Is there a way to test
a grounding electrode system, or, do you simply re-tork the
connections periodically and visually inspect for cable damage?
Electrical Code Simplified (6th edn. 1995)
pub. P.S. Knight, Richmond BC
based on the Ont. Elec. Safety Code, 21st edn.
I bought mine in a specialist elec/plumbing store.
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
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