I'm digging the basement out in my 100yr old house & am at a point
that there is no poured floor & think it would be wise to drive some
ground rods for my electric service.
The current service is grounded to the city water pipe. [a 1"copper
I've been here 20 years and the service is probably 10 yrs older than
that. There is no other ground inside or out.
The soil is wet clay - so I don't see any problem in driving a couple
My plan was to drive one directly under the breaker box alongside the
footing - and the other 6' away. [would more distance make any
Copper is expensive, but we're only talking about <15' of wire- is
bigger better? How big?
Is one ground rod connector particularly better than any others?
Should the rods be driven to current grade so when the floor is poured
the connectors are below or in the concrete?
Once these are in should I remove the ground to the city water- or
leave it alone?