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Old 1-Nov-2018, 11:38 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by athiktos View Post
Thanks. I'll read some more with the links you provided. I saw the back-and-fourth between you and another forum member here:
Yeah, I didn't add any more comments. There are many ways it can be done, but I didn't want to get in an argument about the "right" way. The right way is the way that the electrical inspector says it should be done.

So, a ground rod ALONE, basically will not suffice? I have also seen people do this with their towers:

But I assume that something like this would still have to be connected to the house ground to pass NEC?

So what is the purpose of a separate ground rod if you still have to bond it to the house ground? I know you said you bond it to eliminate any difference in potential between the two for electrical safety...but if a rod alone doesn't pass code, why have one?
A ground rod is sufficient for the tower, but there is also a feed line. When a tower is involved, the setup is more controversial, which is why I added the link to a pdf:

If I were to connect the antenna to the house ground, should I connect it directly to the water line, or should I connect it directly to the breaker panel in the basement that is connected to the water line?
If the water pipe is OK for the inspector for the house ground, I would think it would be OK for the antenna system too. Do not connect your antenna system ground to the electrical panel, that is definitely wrong.

Sorry if I am asking stupid questions. It's my first outdoor install and I would prefer to ask more questions than less.
Your questions aren't stupid. Grounding has a lot of gray areas; I'm not confident that I can give you precisely correct answers about your particular area.
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