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. N4FFL

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  2. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    One thing I found out was that it was a heck of lot easier to install ground rods after it rained for a few hours outside.

    So now I just plan this activity to occur according to the local weather forecast after the soil is well saturated after raining for a few hours. This is instead of needlessly beating the arm off my shoulder into drier / harder soil.

    I tried using a lawn sprinkler once to simulate the rain, but there's no substitute for an actual downpour from a good storm. :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
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  3. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes...this is how I do it. I time the installation for after a heavy rain.

    It will not make a difference if you hit a rock, of course.:D
     
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  4. VA3VF

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    Exactly what I use. Money very well spent!
     
  5. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Being less wealthy than most and also averse to smashing various body parts with the business end of an errant hammer, I also vote for the T post hammer, followed up with a regular sledge the last couple of feet. Let it rain!! :cool:
     
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  6. N4FFL

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    I was thinking that might be a good plan. Problem is I’ll end up waiting till that happens and the temp will drop and it will freeze. LOL! That’s just how my luck goes. But, we shall see. Definitely a good idea.
     
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  7. N4FFL

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    By the votes going on here I guess I should have gotten the post driver instead of the rotary hammer ground rod driver attachment. :(
     
  8. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Moderator Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    A post driver won't drive it all the way into the ground anyways.
     
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  9. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well...still easier to use a sledge hammer on the last 2 feet, than up on a step ladder driving the whole 8 feet long rod in. I'm not a good malabarist.;)
     
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  10. KE6EE

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    I've found it very easy to drive a ground rod, provided it doesn't hit a big rock.

    First scoop out a little dirt, enough to fill with a pint of water. Let the water soak into the
    dirt. Start driving the ground rod (I use a small sledgehammer with a short handle).

    Continue adding water as you continue driving.

    Easy peasy.
     
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