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Posted: 8/18/2012 1:54:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2012 1:58:42 PM EDT by skunk-ape]
I have a hunting camp where there is a power meter set with a hook up for a camper.

Today I was looking around the breaker box, (it looks like GE and its about 10-15 years old modern style)

It appears that there is no ground wire coming out of the box to earth ground.
This was installed way before I owned it so I'm just thinking I'd like to fix this if it needs fixing.

would the right thing to do be to drive a copper rod deep into the earth with a bare wire going to the ground bus in the box?


This box is mounted to a light pole and it all sets outdoors.
There is a buried 30 am circuit going over to where the camper is parked and a single outdoor sytle outlet box and thats about it.


the setup looks similar to this

Link Posted: 8/18/2012 2:03:11 PM EDT
There SHOULD be a ground at the meter pole. You have an under ground service, if there are 4 wires in this bundle, you should have a ground. Two lines, a neutral and ground.
Link Posted: 8/18/2012 2:09:27 PM EDT
Yes you should have a ground wire at the pole. Go to a hardware or electrical supply and buy a ground rod, a clamp and enough copperweld to reach from the box to the stake.

Pound the stake into the ground until about 2 inches are left. Attach your clamp to the rod. Run the copperweld from the box to the stake.
Link Posted: 8/18/2012 2:24:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2012 2:25:45 PM EDT by Morning_Wood]

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Yes you should have a ground wire at the pole. Go to a hardware or electrical supply and buy a ground rod, a clamp and enough copperweld to reach from the box to the stake.

Pound the stake into the ground until about 2 inches are left. Attach your clamp to the rod. Run the copperweld from the box to the stake.

You better put that clamp on the rod before you start pounding that thing into the ground or else you'll be trying to figure how to pull it back out. And make sure you're in solid ground, not fill.
Link Posted: 8/18/2012 3:40:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Morning_Wood:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Yes you should have a ground wire at the pole. Go to a hardware or electrical supply and buy a ground rod, a clamp and enough copperweld to reach from the box to the stake.

Pound the stake into the ground until about 2 inches are left. Attach your clamp to the rod. Run the copperweld from the box to the stake.

You better put that clamp on the rod before you start pounding that thing into the ground or else you'll be trying to figure how to pull it back out. And make sure you're in solid ground, not fill.

oh, yeah, the rod would tend to get flattened out on top

I see what you mean. I'm going to pick up an 8 ft rod and some copper weld wire and take care of this.

I love finding crap like this that other people half-assed
Link Posted: 8/18/2012 7:53:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Morning_Wood:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Yes you should have a ground wire at the pole. Go to a hardware or electrical supply and buy a ground rod, a clamp and enough copperweld to reach from the box to the stake.

Pound the stake into the ground until about 2 inches are left. Attach your clamp to the rod. Run the copperweld from the box to the stake.

You better put that clamp on the rod before you start pounding that thing into the ground or else you'll be trying to figure how to pull it back out. And make sure you're in solid ground, not fill.


The last clamp I put on was a 2 piece job.
Link Posted: 8/19/2012 7:37:04 AM EDT
And make sure the rod is outside the drip line where it can get some water. Besides soil composition, moisture has the greatest effect on grounding resistance, moisture makes it lower and you want it as low as possible.

Good luck!
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