2nd October 2019

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What is grounding wire made of?

Grounding Wire. The ground wire, often referred to as the grounding electrode conductor, is the link between the ground rod and the service ground connection. Ground wires for residences typically are made of copper and are #6 (6 AWG) or larger.

What is a ground rod and what is it used for?

A ground rod or a ground field's only purpose in life is to have a designed electrical path to dissipate a static discharge voltage (such as Lightning) to earth. If you place a current probe around the conductor going to earth or the ground rod itself you should never see any current flowing on the conductor.

What size wire do you run to a ground rod?

The NEC code specifies that a solid copper wire used to connect to a ground rod must be at least either #6 or #8 gauge (depending on the size of your electrical service cable). #6 cable cable will always satisfy the sizing requirement, though in some cases larger is desirable.
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