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. AJ6O

    AJ6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    A lot of new homes I have worked on required a "ufer" ground. I heard that the military used to use ground rods in and around their munition bunkers, but lightning strikes nearby sometimes caused some of their bombs to explode. After installing "ufer" grounds in the slabs of their concrete floors that stopped happening.
  2. AJ6O

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    Sometimes they bring the "ufer" up in the walls of a home straight into the elec panel. Most of the time they put a small box under the elec panel, and from there attach another wire up into the panel. I have had inspectors wanting both a "ufer" ground and a ground rod!
  3. AI3V

    AI3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Play your cards right Tom Sawyer, and Ben will pay you that ten spot :)

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  4. N7WR

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    As AD5HR suggests a T post driver (not all that expensive) has worked for me at our new QTH where the ground is largely volcanic rock. Still not easy but I gave up on the sledge hammer which did not work at all

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  5. AA5CT

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    "Ufer", should-ought to be capitalized, after all, it is in honor of/in deference to:
    Herbert G. Ufer who in 1942 was a consultant working for the U.S. Army. Mr. Ufer was given the task of finding a lower cost and more practical alternative to traditional copper rod grounds for these dry locations. Mr. Ufer discovered that concrete had better conductivity than most types of soil.

    TU Herbert, for your effort.
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  6. WA7ARK

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    All new construction in Yavapai County, AZ for about the last fifteen years employs Ufer grounds
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
  7. WE4E

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  8. N0TZU

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    It looks like you bought the slightly more expensive post driver model. I like those because they are heavier and longer and therefore work better and faster (relatively speaking).

    The fastest way to drive a fence post is to use a skid-steer with a hydraulic post driving attachment but that was just a teeny weeny bit over my budget!
  9. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    With the help of Aliens??..
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  10. N7WR

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    Most of the fencing in this rural area was originally done by the developer (5,10 and 20 acre parcels) using a PTO driven t post driver behind a tractor. However it was not cost effective for me to go that way to add the fencing we wanted for a large dog yard....besides this old guy gets some exercise using the hand held post driver. :)
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