Improvised Grounding Rod

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Old 06-11-17, 04:37 PM
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Improvised Grounding Rod

No doubt "improvised" is making some of you cringe, but I was thinking about retasking some aluminum SER cable and was wondering if I could use lengths of the individual wires to use as grounding rods. Eh?
 
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What will you be grounding?
 
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Are you asking whether it will work? To which the answer is maybe. Or are you asking if it would be code compliant? To which the answer is NO!
 
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I'd be grounding the breaker box in my cabin. So would it be a corrosion issue? Not trying to beat the system, just searching for knowledge.
 
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Aluminum can't be used touching ground, 250.64(A). Only an approved ground rod can be used. Yes, corrosion is one consideration. Why don't you want to use a ground rod. If you can't drive it straight you can drive it at 45 or bury it in a trench.
 
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Aluminum oxides rapidly, making its surface conductivity nil. Its a bad material for a ground rod.
 
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Not that I don't want to use grounding rods, just trying to stifle the flow of my rapidly diminishing cash. Thanks guys.
 
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There are some other approved earth ground solutions, but anything aluminum is not one of them. The corrosion factor makes it virtually useless in moist soil.
 
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