Best, no, easiest way to drive in a ground rod?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by N4FFL, Dec 28, 2018.

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  1. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    In most soil types, the T-post driver will work very well for the physically fit. Others conditions may require power tools.
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  2. N4FFL

    N4FFL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Jon - I appreciate the info. I thought of this, but it ended up being as much as the Ground Rod driver tool for my rotary hammer drill. So, I thought I'd give that a shot first and see how it goes. LOL If that doesn't work for some reason, I can always fall back on this. :)
  3. K4SAV

    K4SAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep, and as a bonus you get to skip gym for the day.

    A sledge will end in frustration (or maybe worse). Use it on only the last foot or two.
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  4. N4FFL

    N4FFL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here in where the problem lies. LOL.. Hehehe...not really funny, but fact is fact. I'm not exactly in the position of hammering or slamming down a rod into the ground. That's why I was hoping there was possibly a better way. :) So, I'm going to try the hammer drill method and see what happens. Have to wait for the bit to come in first maybe I'll get lucky and it will be here early enough on Sunday that I can give this a go.
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  5. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hire a bored teenager for $10 works for me....
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  6. N4FFL

    N4FFL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hmmm....maybe I could have my stepson try this first before I bring out the power tools. LOL! :D
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  7. AJ6O

    AJ6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I took a piece of 7' 1/2" emt and connected a female short piece of garden hose with a hose clamp. Connected it to my garden hose, turned it on and then you can drill down into the ground in about 2 minutes. Makes a little mess, but works great. Being a retired electrician I can confirm that using a hammer drill with a ground rod attachment is the easiest, and best way to go.
  8. AJ6O

    AJ6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    This for
    This for sure beats using a hammer!
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  9. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The easiest way is to employ sheer force.

    This was the advice given to me by a Karate instructor.
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