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  1. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by timjimbob View Post
    Had an issue that electrified the water pipes, and cast iron pipes in a rent house. We could not bond or add enough grounding rods to eliminate the problem. Two more 6 foot rods, ties to underground copper pipe to back yard hydrant. All existing grounding was proper. Had to have tenants move out because of shocking shower.

    Problem was bad neutral at pole. power company says they are not liable for condition of power quality coming into the residence.

    I felt exposed to a law suit even though I had done everything I can to safeguard my tenants.

    How should I make this situation safer, in future situations.
    Grounding rods are completely useless for preventing shock and that was never their purpose anyway.
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    "Grounding rods are completely useless for preventing shock and that was never their purpose anyway. "


    Why are they required then, what is their role?

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    Lighting strikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by timjimbob View Post
    Had an issue that electrified the water pipes, and cast Iron pipes in a rent house. We could not bond or add enough grounding rods to eliminate the problem. Two more 6 foot rods, ties to underground copper pipe to back yard hydrant. All existing grounding was proper. Had to have tenants move out because of shocking shower.

    Problem was bad neutral at pole. power company says they are not liable for condition of power quality coming into the residence.

    I felt exposed to a law suit even though I had done everything I can to safeguard my tenants.

    How should I make this situation safer, in future situations.

    Have the neutral repaired. Follow up with a call to the utility company ombudsman if the electrician says it is the utiliy's responsibility.
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

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    I knew someone who had a brand new fiberglass swimming pool they couldn't use, due to getting shocked. It even did this with the meter pulled. Lawsuit went on for over two years, because the utility wouldn't admit the problem was theirs. They finally had to run six miles of neutral wire. The damages trail was in the millions, LOL.
    I only have to make it work till I retire.

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