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5/8 in. x 8 ft. Copper Ground Rod

  • Exceptionally strong design with high-carbon steel core and tip
  • Tough copper coating won't crack or tear
  • Continuous electro-plating process ensures permanent bond
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ERICO copper-bonded ground rods are the highest quality ground rods available today. We use a unique manufacturing process, which includes drawing the steel rod to size before the copper bonding process begins. This results in a straighter, harder steel core, making installation easier. ERICO uses a continuous electro-plating process over the steel core that results in a permanent molecular bond that provides decades of reliable performance. Our state-of-the-art ISO registered manufacturing facility provides a consistent, high-quality finished product that is used in millions of installations around the world.
  • 99.9% pure electrolytic copper coating
  • Molecular bond to nickel-sealed high strength steel core
  • Rods have a high carbon steel core and tip that provide superior strength when driving
  • Copper coating will not crack when bent or tear when driven
  • Minimum copper coating of 10 mils on rods listed to UL- 467
  • ERICO name, length, diameter and part number is roll-stamped within 12" (304,8 mm) of chamfered end
  • UL logo and control number where applicable stamped on each rod for easy inspection after installation
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Q:I am seeing everywhere I read a grounding rod only has to be 6 inches deep for a freestanding metal gazebo. Is this correct? Is that because it is not a structure used for shelter? It just seems quite off from the 8ft depth needed for a house.
by|Oct 26, 2022
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A:  I used this to ground a generator. They dont require it to be that deep for a generator but we get alot of storms and hurricanes and better to be safe then sorry. I would definitely recommend to bury a ground rod at least 4 ft. But that is just me. If you live in a higher storm area then I would go 6 ft. But ideally it is up to you I am the type to not leave it up to chance. Good luck

by|Nov 6, 2022
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    A:  check this link.  https://landscapingplanet.com/should-a-metal-gazebo-be-grounded/

    by|Nov 6, 2022
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      A:  8' grounding rods for a house are there to ground the unbalanced electrical loads from your electrical panel. The 6" ground rod is not for electrical system grounding but rather static electric or lighting strike grounding. It is just there to have a way for momentarily electrical static to have a path to the ground.

      by|Nov 25, 2022
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        A:  Tom my knowledge that is not correct. A ground rod installed only 6 inches is never recommended for protection. If you desire to ground the structure, drive into the ground 8 feet.

        by|Nov 25, 2022
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          Q:Can I cut this in half and use 2 ground rods?
          by|Aug 22, 2022
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          A:  The UL standard is 8’. In dry soil you will not get a good enough grounding cutting it half. If your soil has adequate moisture, THEORETICALLY you could cut it in half and drive two 4’ rods in the ground and join them at the top with a grounding strap and it would work just as well. Hope this helps. Side note, I’m not an electrician and use this information at your own risk. 

          by|Aug 22, 2022

            A:  No and yes. No and yes.  Any legal grounding rod will be 8 feet long. Two grounding rods may be needed to support a residential load center (both 8 ft). (The length of rod and conductor sizing is located at 250.52(A)(5) in the 2017 National Electric Code (NEC).) [BTW, I'm not a licensed electrician, but a homeowner who is familiar with these codes. Recent NEC versions do not change these requirements.  Since the requirements are based on safety, I might go beyond, but never less than required by code.]

            by|Aug 31, 2022

              A:  No. You need to use the full length. Otherwise you WILL fail inspection.

              by|Sep 2, 2022
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                A:  Yes, as long as you tie them together. You can also run them diagonally and horizontal if its at least 18 to 24 in deep. Just more trenching. Some times the rocky soil makes it difficult to drive the whole 8ft or 10ft ground rods in. The deeper the better. However, as long as it has adequate ground coverage, you should be good.

                by|Aug 24, 2022

                  A:  According to the power company You are supposed to drive the whole rod into the ground. 

                  by|Aug 25, 2022
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                    Q:I am putting up a 10' x 10' all aluminum (including roof) gazebo. I have heard that grounding rods should be solid copper. Would this type work for an aluminum structure? I live in Florida and we do get a lot of wild weather and lightning.
                    by|Aug 8, 2022
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                    A:  Not an electrician, but these are perfect for grounding your building in my opinion. I would use two of them separated 6 feet apart with a continuous solid or stranded wire. I have installed about 4 or 5 electrical main panels and sub panels. I'm a DIYer and my work has been inspected by city inspector without issues. Just be sure to use the proper grounding lugs for the rods and tube/square depending on what your building is using. Also use some antioxidant when connecting aluminum to copper to prevent future oxidation or shorting. Hope this helps.

                    by|Sep 8, 2022
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                      A:  Solid copper would be expensive and an inefficient use of the precious metal. Copper coated zinc not only acts as a low impedance path to ground but also has the rigidity to withstand the driving force needed during installation.

                      by|Aug 15, 2022
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                        Q:how many can i used for a house with 6 bedrooms?
                        by|Jun 4, 2022
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                        A:  One is all you really need. It goes by ground resistance. Most contractors will use two just to be safe. My house has 4 bedrooms, and I used one, and have been fine. Make sure if you use two that they are bonded together back to the panel.

                        by|Jun 5, 2022

                          A:  It depends on your local code. My local compliance requires for me to use 2 separated 6 feet appart. Some municipalities require only 1, but I would do 2 just to keep it safe and prevent future issues/problems.

                          by|Aug 13, 2022

                            A:  The question is not how many can be used but how many MUST be used. Two rods are recommended for your installation. A second ground rod is required if the ground resistance is greater than 25 ohms for one rod. Assuming you have no means to measure the ground resistance, just go ahead and drive a second rod. Two rods must be at least 6 feet apart, minimum. Better results are obtained by driving two rods 16 to 20 feet apart. There are some technical reasons for this placement but it is likely you do not care about that.

                            by|Nov 15, 2022
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                              A:  We use 2 in the state of NH to attempt to achieve 25ohms to ground.

                              by|Aug 8, 2022
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                                A:  I'm not an electrician -- but I don't see why you would need more than one ground rod. Grounding the electrical service for a house doesn't depend on number of bedrooms (for a normal house).

                                by|Jun 7, 2022
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                                  Easy Install with a little water
                                  I live in the Bay Area (CA) and needed a grounding rod for the new generator. The ground here is a lot of clay. This was a super easy install just using a little water to get the first 7 feet into the ground. Use a ramming motion with the rod itself to “hammer” it into the ground. Take it all the way out and add some water every couple of feet. Got it all the way to about 7 feet doing this. Much easier than I thought. Used a sledge hammer to get it the rest of the way in. Took me about 5 min. No ladder, no hammer drill, nothing but my bare hands!
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                                    Used 3 to ground my electric fence. Took a lone time to hammer down . The noses crush pretty eas...
                                    Used 3 to ground my electric fence. Took a lone time to hammer down . The noses crush pretty easy so wear i pro when beating . Because metal shards
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                                    I purchased 15 of these ground rods for a project. They are Steel with Copper plating that is su...
                                    I purchased 15 of these ground rods for a project. They are Steel with Copper plating that is sufficiently thick. I used a rental Demo Hammer from Home Depot to install these in decomposing sandstone ground. I first tried a fence post setter, but it would not budge these after getting them started. The steel in the rods is what is needed to keep them straight and going into the ground.
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                                    Groundrod was easy and sturdy enough to install, would recommend without a second thought
                                    Groundrod was easy and sturdy enough to install, would recommend without a second thought
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                                    Held up well for installation
                                    Held up well for installation
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                                    It works because that's is what was required by code
                                    It works because that's is what was required by code
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                                    I had to install a grounding rod on the east side of my house for the cable installers and I drov...
                                    I had to install a grounding rod on the east side of my house for the cable installers and I drove the full length down using a short handled sledge hammer, I expected the head to flatten out severely but it didn't. The copper cladding is excellent. Thanks.
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                                    The Ground Rod was exactly what I needed. Nice thick copper coating on steel rod. Was installed i...
                                    The Ground Rod was exactly what I needed. Nice thick copper coating on steel rod. Was installed in under 3 minutes (see below) In Central Florida ground rods are fairly easy to put in since the ground is practically all sand. I elected wash it down instead of pounding it down. It was a much quicker installation. Listed below are the parts and instructions to perform this wash down method. Along with the 5/8” ground rod and appropriate grounding clamp(s) purchase the following items: (1) Ten foot length of ½” schedule 40 PVC pipe, HD SKU# 193682, $2.17. (1) ½ “Slip x ¾” FHT PVC Fitting, HD SKU #879288, $1.54. 1. Cut the ½” PVC pipe to 7 ft long. Chamfer (sharpen) one end of the pipe (the end that goes in soil). 2. Glue the ½“ Slip x ¾” FHT (Female Hose Thread) PVC Fitting to the opposite end of the PVC pipe. 3. Connect the garden hose to the ½“ Slip x ¾” FHT PVC Fitting. 4. Turn on the garden hose and wash down the 7 ft long PVC pipe until it is about 6 inches from the ground. 5. Turn off and disconnect the garden hose and then slip the ground rod into the PVC pipe and immediately pull the PVC pipe out of the ground. Don’t delay in pulling up the PVC pipe! 6. Pound the remaining approx. 12” of ground rod sticking out of the ground down to the desired depth. After I had everything ready (at step 4) the ground rod was in place in less than 3 minutes.
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                                      I used an angle grinder to sharpen the point and...
                                      I used an angle grinder to sharpen the point and took advantage of recent heavy rains that softened the Texas clay. With a two handled post driven it went in easily. Used it to ground my generator while was MIG welding some fence pickets out back.
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