I have two old Grounding Poles / posts (i think that's what they are
called) in my back yard - I was told they are not in use and this appears to
be true as I don't see any wires attached to the nut and bolt. How do I
remove these things? Should I remove them - if they arn't being used then
they are just a safety hazard that I would like to remove.
They are probably buried pretty deep, digging them out could
be a real pain. Do you have access to a Sawzall? If so,
dig about a 6" deep hole around them, wide enough to get an
angle and cut them (probably about 18" diameter I'm guessing)
and once they're cut off a few inches below finished grade,
you can fill in the holes and forget about them.
Hi,, some installs in 'poor grounding' type soils have an
interconnecting grounding mat/earth mat connected through
the subsoil. IE it wont be visible to the casual observer.
I have put these down in the past at depths of up to 6 feet.
I would check first that there is an existing "Grounding
Pole/s" that IS connected and being used as your safety link
Once you are certain the installation IS grounded then you
can be sure of removing the poles that are not connected.
Your dilemma is the reason why all unused electrical
equipment should be removed from an installation when
Saves a lot of confusion - to say the least.
Typically I have used a simple HiLift jack and a fencing
wire 'snotter' to remove these poles. Simi liar to pulling
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