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I don't know your soil.  I work in a clay Gumbo soil in Houton, Tx.

The way I install ground rods, I have 6 in a 1x3 meter square, is to 
take a water hose and soften the soil a bit, then just start pushing the 
rod a little, then lift it out of the hole, fill with water and repeat. 
Don't go over 4 or 5 inches at a time making sure the water lubricates 
the hole and rod.  This takes about 30 minutes, don't use to much water, 
you don't want to wash the hole out.

If this doesn't work build a driver for the rod, to do this take a peice 
of steel or iron pipe about 4' long, put a cap on one end, slip over the 
ground rod and use this to drive the rod, when you get to the 4' level 
you can use a shorter piece of heavier pipe, or a real good friend and a 
large hammer.  I dig a hole and bury my rods complete, along with the 
ground wire just for mowing and tripping reasons, in fact if I can't get 
the rod clear in, I cut if off with a torch.  I also Braise, not solder 
the ground wire and use #4 fine strand wire.

Sparky  KI5GY

From: tigger-at-prairienet-dot-org (Sean E. Kutzko)

Hi, Michael-

I was skeptical with this ground rod installation tip, until I tried it 
out. It REALLY does work:

Dig a little hole (say 6") where you want the rod to go in place. Get a 
large bucket of water and fill the freshly-dug hole with it. Jam the rod 
into the water-filled hole. Lift out and jam back in. Repeat as needed.

The secret here is to make sure the hole for the ground rod is kept VERY 
wet. This way, the water is doing all the work for you. I slapped an 
8-footer into the ground in 5 minutes this way; no sledge hammer needed.

Depending on the type of soil you have, you might need a sledge for the 
last foot or so. Once you hit it with a sledge, the back-and-forth 
jamming process won't work any more, so be sure you REALLY want to use a 
sledge on it.

BTW, get that sucker as far into the ground as you can. If it's an 
8-footer, then sink it 7 and a half feet.

Good luck,


From: HarrisR-at-yvax.byu.edu (Richard Harris)

I drove my 8' ground rod using a fence post driver.  The post driver 
that I used is one that is made to drive T type metal fence posts.  
This allowed me to drive the post in about 6 feet or so and then I used 
a sledge to finish driving the rod.  I would drive it in all the way 
and make sure that it is at least 6 inches below grade.  I hope yours 
goes in better than mine.  I have very rocky soil and it took me 2-3 
hours.  I have put rods in soil without rocks in 10 minutes.

good luck and 73

Richard Harris