TV antenna ground wire broken


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Old 06-01-20, 11:17 AM
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TV antenna ground wire broken

I (accidentally) severed the 10AWG solid copper wire that runs from my rooftop antenna mast to an exterior water pipe + hose bib on the side of the house. There’s about 4” of slack in the wire at the cut. Neither section is long enough to make the journey from mast to ground. Can the severed ends be reconnected with an appropriate splicer or do i need to replace the entire length of wire?

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Old 06-01-20, 11:26 AM
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Join them with a split bolt.

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Old 06-02-20, 12:03 PM
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THANKS! That seems right. After reading a couple hours worth of regs and warnings -- without understanding Ben Franklin's experiment -- I was at a loss. Hopefully, as 70 people have now read my question and only you responded, I'm guessing there's consensus about your reply and the bolt splicer solution.
 
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Old 06-02-20, 04:44 PM
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Yes. A split bolt would be just fine. You can also use a mechanical butt splice, or exothermic welding if you want to get real crazy.
 
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Old 06-03-20, 10:06 AM
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exothermic welding if you want to get real crazy.
Suggestion... even if you don't want to go down the path of an exothermic weld, find a video of how it's done. It's pretty cool.
 
 

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