To install a grounding rod, solder copper wire or a grounding conductor to the rod. Pound the rod all the way into the ground, and connect the other end of the wire or conductor to the circuit that needs to be grounded. The rod needs to be at least 8 feet long and should be pounded into the ground at an angle that does not exceed 45 degrees.Continue Reading
To loosen hard ground and make it easier to pound in the rod, soak the area thoroughly with water, and allow it to set until the water soaks into the ground. If it is still too difficult to drive the rod in after wetting the ground, use a jackhammer with a grounding rod driver. Large home improvement stores, like The Home Depot, offer jackhammers for rent. The Jackhammer Rental Guide lists the cost of renting a jackhammer for 4 hours in the range of $46 to $215, as of 2014.
If the grounding rod cannot be pounded into the ground, install the rod horizontally instead. To install the rod horizontally, dig a hole at least 2 1/2 feet deep and the same length as the rod. Bury the rod in the hole.Learn more about Outdoor
To repair a pinhole leak on a copper pipe, first turn off the water, drain the pipes, cut out the affected area and solder on a new pipe coupling. Using a coupler is acceptable for pinhole leaks where less than 1/2-inch of pipe needs to be removed.Full Answer >
Traditional soldering material is primarily composed of lead and tin, while modern lead-free solder is made out of a combination of several metallic elements, including silver, copper, bismuth, zinc, indium and antimony. The proportion of these metals in a soldering alloy determines the properties of the solder.Full Answer >
To solder copper pipe, polish the joining surfaces, apply the flux, heat the joint and apply solder. Each joint requires a few minutes to complete, but the time for the overall project depends on its complexity.Full Answer >
Solder copper pipe joints by applying flux, twisting the fitting to spread the flux, heating the fitting with a propane torch until the flux bubbles and touching a piece of plumber's solder to the joint. The flux draws the solder into the joint to create a watertight seal.Full Answer >