Ground Rod Connection

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Old 06-24-11, 12:32 PM
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Ground Rod Connection

Having been on the internet, I understand how I'm supposed to connect the wire to the ground rods and will bring the wire to the panel.

I have a new 200 amp panel with 2 ground strips (bought Square D) screwed to each side of the breaker areas. Based on what I've read, have the correct wire and connectors for the ground rod.

Trying to make sure I correctly connect the ground rod wire to the panel. Should I:

1) bring one wire from the ground rods to one ground strip?

2) bring one wire from the ground rods to one ground strip and strap a same size wire between ground strips?

3) bring two wires from the ground rods and connect one to each ground strip?

I think its #1 but thought it smarter to ask you wonderful experts here.

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Old 06-24-11, 12:46 PM
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Any of those are approved methods. What I would do is use one continuous ground wire. Start at the acorn clamp on the furthest rod, loop through the clamp on the next rod, into the panel, pass through a lug on one ground bar, terminate on a lug on the other ground bar. That makes a good solid bond to all the essential components at once.
 
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