Ground Rod Dryer

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by vman, May 13, 2009.

  1. vman

    vman New Member

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    I was building out a basement laundry. The electrical main is grounded to a rod in my basement. The rod sticks up about a foot or so. I'm wondering if there is any issue placind a dryer or washer near it?
  2. thassler

    thassler New Member

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    I'm only a DIYr but I wouldn't think there would be a problem as long as the ground wire back to the panel is somewhat protected from damage. I wouldn't want an out of balance washer walking around on the ground rod or wire.
  3. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    The ground rod is not doing very much so there is no problem in putting things near it. Many times the water pipe entering the house is used for the same purpose so think of it that way.

    The thing I have a problem with is the fact that it is a hazard and code violation that it is a foot out of the ground. It should be flush.
  4. drick

    drick In the Trades

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    Or at least cut it off with a sawzall and bang on it for a bit to make it look good:D Um.. not that I or anyone I know has ever done that.
  5. 3m

    3m New Member

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    It is code to connect the ground to reed bar installed in the footers, but the wire should be protected from damage, and if its sticking up a foot that sounds dangerous, normally they only leave a few inches sticking up
  6. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    Yes, it is code to connect to the rebar in the footer. How to you propose he get to it?
  7. 3m

    3m New Member

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    He or She may already be at it, on one of the previous post he recommended that you pound on or cut the rod, I would prefer the rod be cut just in case it is a reed bar that is incased in the footer and pounding on it with a hammer may break it loose and you loose your ground
  8. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    OH, you are say this might actually BE the rebar. I see now.

    This is not a bad assumption, especially if the house is newer.
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