An easy wasy to get a spike into the ground in hard soil, is to connect
a garden hose to a length of rigid pipe. Turn the water on and the pipe
will quickly make a hole for itself in the ground. Then just push the
pike in the hole you have made before it collapses.
Spikes come in two varieties.... Copper plated steel and solid copper,
the latter being much more expensive but lasting forever.
On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 23:55:54 GMT, Harry Bloomfield wrote:
If it collapses. I'm not sure this is a good idea for an earth spike
where you want the best possible connection to the ground. ISTR that
the spike needs to be driven in not placed into a hole that you
backfill. Half a ding-a-ling for the IEE On Site Guide being the
source of that snippet.
I did a quick search, as I'm sure Dave has done as well, but found
very little. Just that the wire termination to the rod needs to be
protected from corrosion and that the bonding wire needs to be
mechanically protected as well. Other than that I only have vague
knowledge that proper testing is non-trivial and installation/testing
requires a good understanding about the ground and the resistivity of
the various soil types.
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
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