Grounding Rod for Main Panel

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by hagler, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. hagler

    hagler New Member

    Aug 13, 2010
    Quick question - the electrician that installed 200 amp service to my horse barn has a grounding rod laying in the ground horizontally.

    It is a 4' rod buried about 30" down and about 2 feet off the outside wall of the barn...laying horizontally (not driven into the ground).

    Do I need to correct this???? (only came across this when I was installing insulation around the perimeter of the barn 24" underground).
  2. ActionDave

    ActionDave Electrician

    Feb 4, 2009
    Ground rods are allowed to lay in a ditch at least 30" deep. They are supposed to be eight feet long.
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

  4. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Mar 30, 2011
    Rocket Scientist
    Houston, TX
    You could always drive a additional 8 foot rod. Or measure the resistance to see if it meets NEC requirements.

    The electrician should have known, and it should have been inspected.

    1 4 foot rod does seem rather short, but is better than nothing.
  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

    Jun 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Yes this needs to be addressed. I will say that the person that did this is not an electrician but instead an installer.

    The requirement if for no less than two 8 feet rods no less than six feet apart driven straight down.

    First an attempt must be made to install the rods straight down and if this cannot be accomplished then they can lean no more than 45 degrees. If this to fails then direct burial is allowed at a depth of no less than 30 inches but the 6 feet spacing must be maintained.
Similar Threads: Grounding Main
Forum Title Date
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Main Panel Grounding Wire in Same Conduit as Service Entrance Cables? Aug 22, 2017
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Grounding a Security System Control Panel Jun 11, 2017
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Creating a new earth connection for grounding an outlet Feb 19, 2017
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Proper grounding of 3-wire submersible pump in metal well casing Jan 23, 2017
Electrical Forum discussion & Blog Wiring New Electric Range - Grounding Oct 7, 2016

Share This Page