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Topic: Generator grounding, humourous....

Posted By: bigfootford on 02/04/12 12:05pm

For those that need a generator earth ground, you could put the bucket in the bed of your truck...


The work instructions said the generator had to have an earth ground, but the catwalk was 3 stories up in the air. Soooo they got a bucket....
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Posted By: old guy on 02/04/12 12:20pm

I'm not sure OSHA would approve of this


Posted By: gbopp on 02/04/12 12:22pm

old guy wrote:

I'm not sure OSHA would approve of this

How about with a bigger bucket? [emoticon]


Posted By: Reddog1 on 02/04/12 12:24pm

old guy wrote:

I'm not sure OSHA would approve of this
Maybe, if you put more earth in the bucket, and tied the bucket to the handrail.

I was considering one of those, but I would probably mount the bucket on my ladder.

Wayne


Posted By: bfast54 on 02/04/12 12:26pm

The earth looks a little dry............Add some Water......[emoticon]..[emoticon]


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Posted By: bobndot on 02/04/12 12:29pm

Is it real or a photoshop job ! I can't tell anymore . [emoticon]


Posted By: skipnchar on 02/04/12 12:38pm

Now THAT'S a hoot. Even used the prescribed 3' spike driven (or leaned against at least) the ground. [emoticon]


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Posted By: Dennis&JoAnn on 02/04/12 12:44pm

Funny thing is, after looking at it, this setup almost works. The ground rod is pretty close to, or is touching the guard rail which I would expect to be grounded. Paint might prevent a solid connection though.


Posted By: tvman44 on 02/04/12 12:46pm

That is hilarious.


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Posted By: Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli on 02/04/12 12:56pm

It looks like the building itself has lots of steel structure going to ground. Just clamp it to the railing after confirming a path to ground level.

Besides, it's the thought that counts.


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Posted By: dadwolf2 on 02/04/12 01:15pm

ROFL [emoticon]

You know they went to some trouble to do it "safe/right"!! [emoticon]


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Posted By: enblethen on 02/04/12 02:31pm

Inspector said that "It has to be connected to a driven ground rod".
I remember an inspector told a home owner that he had to ground the water and drain lines to the electrical service. It was all plastic piping.


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Posted By: Steelhog on 02/05/12 10:10am

Those folks probably think OSHA is a small town in Wisconsin. I'm suprised they didn't put a steering wheel on it as ground rods should be driven!


Posted By: jimtoo on 02/04/12 04:54pm

bigfootford wrote:

For those that need a generator earth ground, you could put the bucket in the bed of your truck...


The work instructions said the generator had to have an earth ground, but the catwalk was 3 stories up in the air. Soooo they got a bucket....
[image]

Jim


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Posted By: Bigfootchevy on 02/04/12 05:39pm

Another Truck Camper guy with a wonderful imagination.

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Posted By: RickW on 02/04/12 08:54pm

Thanks Jim,

Now I know how to safely operate a grounded generator to run the AC while driving down the road! [emoticon]

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Posted By: bfast54 on 02/04/12 08:58pm

Rick.....There is no such thing as "foolproof", because ..there will always be a bigger fool being made.


Posted By: SoCalDesertRider on 02/04/12 11:53pm

That building looks like it likely has some exposed beams somewhere nearby. I would have picked one of those to ground to.


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Posted By: byronlj on 02/05/12 12:57am

Sorry that won't meet code. The rod needs to be 8' long and copper coated.
I am going to show this pic to my local building inspector. That should get him going!
Dave


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Posted By: SCVJeff on 02/05/12 01:03am

So how about if we fill your Silverado bed with dirt and lay an 8' rod in there? Earth is earth.. Does code specify it has to be attached to the planet? [emoticon]


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Posted By: sabconsulting on 02/05/12 01:06am

Of course the operator should be standing in the bucket whilst working [emoticon]

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Posted By: Reddog1 on 02/05/12 09:11am

SCVJeff wrote:

So how about if we fill your Silverado bed with dirt and lay an 8' rod in there? Earth is earth.. Does code specify it has to be attached to the planet? [emoticon]
You make a good point here.

You could stand in the bucket whilst working. Maybe two earth colled buckets with the ground wire connecting them.


Wayne


Posted By: T&A on 02/05/12 09:34am

byronlj wrote:

Sorry that won't meet code. The rod needs to be 8' long and copper coated.
I am going to show this pic to my local building inspector. That should get him going!
Dave


He's right! To do the job properly, you need an 8 foot rod, neatly coiled to fit the bucket. The inspector still may insist on a metal bucket.
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Posted By: sleepy on 02/05/12 09:53am

My truck campers ground rod terminates in a flower pot... and Janet has flowers as we travel.

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Posted By: Raften on 02/05/12 12:45pm

Well, they screwed it up, the rod is supposed to be copper. Darn part time help.

* This post was edited 02/05/12 02:28pm by Raften *


Posted By: Joners on 02/05/12 09:00pm

So how does everybody ground their portable generators when camping? I've had three, and they all required grounding according to the owners manuals. Just curious.
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Posted By: sleepy on 02/05/12 09:39pm

is my generator portable... well it's built into the camper and i take it where ever I go.

I have my ground rod in a flower pot...


This post is humor... isn't it?


Posted By: Reddog1 on 02/05/12 09:55pm

Joners wrote:

So how does everybody ground their portable generators when camping? I've had three, and they all required grounding according to the owners manuals. Just curious.
Cap'n Bob
What does the Owners Manuals say is proper grounding?

I use the Redneck requirements for grounding. If I do not get shocked when running the generator, that is because it is properly grounded. If I were to get shocked, I would probably use the method from the OP. [emoticon]


Wayne

P.S. I bet some engineers are frothing at the mouth on this subject. [emoticon]


Posted By: Old-Biscuit on 02/05/12 10:44pm

When power plants were deregulated and bought by outside groups they had to hire help off the street.........

This photo is funny BUT is exactly why I quit one early morning after fighting with management over safety issues.

I'd laugh but this hit real close to home..........scary stuff!


Posted By: Less Stuff on 02/06/12 08:02am

I'dd better not post the picture of the floating ground on my boat.


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