Grounding satellite dish

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Old 05-27-04, 08:28 AM
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Grounding satellite dish

I would like the proper way to ground a satellite dish to code although there will be no inspection. Thanks Bob
 
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Old 05-28-04, 06:19 AM
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I don't know of a code section that deals with required grounding of a satelite dish. If you wanted to be extra safe, you could sink a ground rod and then ground the dish to that with a section of wire. Your only problem might be a ground loop set up in the cable from the dish to the house. Sometimes the cable is bonded to the house's grounding grid at the house. Good luck!
 
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Generally speaking, when a dish is installed, the installer will use a cable that includes a seperate grounding conductor alongside the coaxial wire, with the ground wire being attached to the chassis of the dish. These are both connected to a coaxial ground block (ala: http://www.novastars.com/images/grb2.gif ). Then a ground wire (I have used 10ga copper) is run from the grounding block to a true ground (though often installers will just attach to the closest piece of pipe, regardless of whether that's the best choice or not).
 
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Installing a separate ground rod is definitely wrong. It should be grounded back to the building electrical ground.
 
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