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Meets Electrical Code???
« on: February 17, 2017, 05:30:21 PM »
I'm not sure this is what they meant in the installation manual when they said to ground the generator to a ground rod driven in dirt.
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 05:37:28 PM »
I'm pretty sure that should be an eight foot ground rod.

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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 05:52:00 PM »
I would bet that for RV use, not one generator is twenty is grounded that way. I wouldn't be at all surprised, if it turned out to be not 1 in 500 or more.

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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 08:54:44 AM »
Looks good to me :)..  Seriously portable generators and RV Generators do not need to be grounded, .. In fact if you understand why things are "Grounded" you understand why not ground a generator is actually SAFER than grounding it. 

But then, Not all of the code is written by folks who know their screwdrivers from a pair of needle nose pliers.
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 10:15:12 AM »
There is no code requirement to use ground rods with portable generators. The one in that photo wouldn't qualify anyway....
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2017, 06:54:09 AM »
And the bucket would fall over with a 8' grounding rod in it!  ;)
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2017, 09:15:34 AM »
the obvious training/skill level, and supervision on this jobsite,   could explain some of the problems in our infrastructure.....

....at least they padlocked the breaker box closed   ;D

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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2017, 01:54:59 PM »
oh, now that's a riot!

I've done a fair bit of work in electrical power and control panels for work, even 3-phase stuff....so I get the concept of neutral return path....but I'll admit to not full wrapping my head around this idea though that generators don't need to be grounded. 
I know my little portable "construction" generator has a grounding lug on it, and probably says something about grounding it....it's been too many years since I noticed.
I think it's the whole "ground is like a safety valve" thing that hangs me up.
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2017, 07:11:44 AM »
oh, now that's a riot!

I've done a fair bit of work in electrical power and control panels for work, even 3-phase stuff....so I get the concept of neutral return path....but I'll admit to not full wrapping my head around this idea though that generators don't need to be grounded. 
I know my little portable "construction" generator has a grounding lug on it, and probably says something about grounding it....it's been too many years since I noticed.
I think it's the whole "ground is like a safety valve" thing that hangs me up.

I've done a little with 3 -phase and ungrounded systems (35 years) and can't figure the fascination with grounding/neutral return paths that some people have. all you need is a return path.

But this is funny and scary at the same time I wonder if someone thought they were doing something effective or just trying to be funny.
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2017, 01:21:27 PM »
my money is on "they were just being funny".
.... does that make me an optimist?
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2017, 05:39:39 PM »
my money is on "they were just being funny".
.... does that make me an optimist?
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2017, 07:00:30 PM »
Too funny!  Reminds me of a story from when I worked on Radars.  One of our techs filled a box with dry soil with a tiny "grounding" rod in it.  Told our Supervisor that he'd figured out we had bad ground; then he pulled out the box.  To us it was quite funny and we laughed for a long time.
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2017, 09:00:58 PM »
I think the tiny padlock is a riot!
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Re: Meets Electrical Code???
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2017, 07:02:37 AM »
Too funny!  Reminds me of a story from when I worked on Radars.  One of our techs filled a box with dry soil with a tiny "grounding" rod in it.  Told our Supervisor that he'd figured out we had bad ground; then he pulled out the box.  To us it was quite funny and we laughed for a long time.
Maybe potting soil will give a "better" ground ;D
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