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Should I connect unusued ground rod?

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Michael Moroney, May 14, 2004.

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  1. Several months ago an electrician upgraded my 60/100A electric service
    to 200A. (I call the old one a 60/100A service since the old breaker box
    was a 70s era 100A box but the service feed was the original 1940s 60A
    service. Main breaker 100A) There is a ground rod (iron pipe) through the
    basement floor that was connected to the old panel. The electrician
    installed a ground to the cold water pipe before the water meter (also
    jumped the meter) as well as a new ground rod (2 of them, actually) for
    the electric meter. He never connected the old ground rod in the basement.
    Should he have? As far as I know the cold water line isn't considered
    sufficient. Also, the new ground rods were installed _sideways_ - laid in
    a trench a few inches below ground. Is _that_ OK?
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