Grounding Problem - Car still wont Start

OK, I am a bit confused. My car would not start. I had a neighbor look at it who was a mechanic when he was a teenager some 50 or 60 years ago. He said that my battery is not properly grounded, and said I need to ground the battery and the car will start without any more problems. I went to Home Depot and bought a ten foot ground rod and drove it in the yard next to my driveway and hooked a 49 gauge red wire from the rod to the red wire on my car battery. The car still did not start so I changed that wire to the black battery wire. The car still would not start so I went back to Home Depot and bought some black wire and connected that in place of the red wire, so the colors matched. That still did not solve the problem. I decided to connect both the red and the black wires from the battery to the ground rod. As soon as I did, the wires started smoking and the red one melted in half, leaving a bad burn mark on my fender.
I did all of this and had the battery properly grounded and it still will not start. I really dont know what to do next. I was a bit worried anyow because even if the car did start, I would not be able to move it because it was connected to the ground rod, unless I got some really long wires.
What do I do next?
By the way, I am not sure if that wire was 49 gauge or not, but it cost 49 cents a foot, so I assume it was.
Willy
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You have drained of your battery ten percent (/10). In order to restore it's functioning, you need to replenish your battery by the same amount (*10).
Since your battery is 12V, you therefore need 12V * 10 = 120 Volts.
You have 120 Volts already in your house, so plug an extension cord in an outlet. Next, cut the other end off; sparking and warmth means it's working.
When you have the cord cut, splice an inch of insulation off of the black and the white wires (you can use your teeth if you don't have a wire stripper).
Connect those two wires to your battery, and you will be back in business.
Jon
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The wire's not big enough. You need 0000 cable for a proper ground.
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Or a number of smaller cables in parallel.
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