Re: Horizontal RF ground ?
The horizontal ground is fine--it just matters that it's in the ground. The
water part isn't even necessary, but as you said, it would improve ground
conductivity, probably a good idea in your location.
--Mr. Postman (Doug Brunner)
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Date: Saturday, December 05, 1998 4:54 PM
Subject: Horizontal RF ground ?
>Original Poster: NeonGlow-at-webtv-dot-net (Tony Greer)
>Do any of the wiser sages know if a horizontal ground (such as a 10'
>piece of copper pipe buried about 1' deep) would be as effective as a
>vertically buried ground rod ? If so, I was thinking of trying this: Cap
>off one end of a 10' piece of copper pipe and drill a few (hundred)
>small (1/8" or so) holes all up and down the length of the pipe. Now
>attach a 90 degree elbow and about 2' of pipe to the other end. Bury the
>10' pipe, with capped end at a slightly lower depth, and the 2' pipe at
>the other end extending straight up about a foot above grade. Attach
>ground cable to this pipe, and fill the entire pipe with water to the
>top of the vertical piece and replenish as the water soaks into the
>soil. Perhaps a garden hose fitting on the end of the pipe would speed
>up ground saturation and improve soil conductivity.(Just remember to
>remove the hose before firing up the T.C. , just to be safe). This idea
>came to mind from Tesla's grounding system problems in the dry soil of
>Colorado Springs, probably similar conditions here in West Texas. Does
>anyone see any problems or benefits to this scheme, as I have not tried
>"Sparkin' & Arcin' in Texas" Tony