Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AMSATSoftware Drives surprisingly easily
I was thinking of renting a major tool to drive this thing into our rocky New England soil, but the HD electrical guy told me he had driven several in with just a 4lb hammer. I tried it just using a (biggish) nail hammer. Wow! It worked surprisingly well. Every once in a while it would stop, and I'd pull out a sledge and whack on it until it started moving again--I assume it split or pushed aside the rock. I now have it in about 6+ feet and every time I walk by I give it a few whacks. (This not for an electrical hookup. If it were electrical, I'd get it in to code depth before using it at all).
I'm not saying it is *EASY* to pound in. I'm just saying it is easier than you might expect. Oh, and by the way, when it is only in a couple feet, it vibrates like crazy when you hit it. That slows you down a lot waiting for it to settle. Maybe a 5/8 rod would be better for this????
October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grunt101 Ground Rod Driving 101
An old lineman trick learned while working for Texas Power and Light Company... Take and old coke bottle and fill with water and pour a slight trickle down the side of the rod while working it up and down in the hole. This will usually get an eight foot rod to within 18" of the ground. Yes, you can work it down into the ground with no tools at all!!! Then use the handle of a narrow blade shovel lowered over the remaining rod, twist the shovel handle until the handle makes contact with the rod. While a helper is holding the shovel steadying the rod, just tap it gently with a sledge hammer to take it to within 3 or 4 inches of ground level.
January 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Okiemetalhead Easy to install
I used a post driver until I wasn't able to , then I finished the rest of the way with a sledge, A trick I read also helped use a pop bottle or any kind of bottle put water in it then just pour it on the top of the pole let go down the pole and into the ground them hit it with the post driver or sledge it seem to help out
August 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sebastian Better than expected.
I live in houston area, and we have clay.
Tried to hammer down the rod, and it was not easy. It went down only a foot with my 10 lbs sledge hammer.
I was waiting for the rain to soak the soil. After a small rain I re-tried, and it went down another 2 feet.
I drenched the soil for 30 minutes after a day of rain.
This time it was easy. It went down another 3 feet, and stopped.
Now I tried another trick; I was holding my 32 oz. solid steel ball peen hammer on top the rod with my left hand, and hit the ball with sledge hammer.It went down so easily! I should had tried that trick earlier.
October 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg It held up to a 10lb sledge hammer!
I live in North Texas and the soil here is not easy to drive ground rods into due to it being clay with a shallow limestone layer. I had to use a 10lb sledgehammer to drive this ground rod all the way into the ground and it held up the whole time.
One trick that did help me with driving the last foot or so was to put an impact socket over the end to provide a larger surface area to land the hammer blows against.
July 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by woodturnereric Ground Rod
Well, its a ground rod, it provides a path to ground. easy to install, make sure all of the rod is installed in the ground.
1/2 " in Diameter, 8 feet long, dull point.
March 27, 2013