Connection to Earth Spike


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DavidM

Staying at a friends cottage in Cornwall next week. Last time I was
there I noticed that the cable to the earth spike (it's a TT supply
via overhead cable) was just wrapped around the spike with a bit of
insulating tape holding it in place! While I'm doing a few other bits
of maintenance work around the place I thought I'd at least make a
better connection. What's the correct way to do this, a clamp such as
used on copper water pipe, or something more robust?

(the whole electrical system is ancient, and I've told the owner this,
but I'm not planning on tinkering with anything else).

Thanks, David.
 
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George

DavidM said:
Staying at a friends cottage in Cornwall next week. Last time I was
there I noticed that the cable to the earth spike (it's a TT supply
via overhead cable) was just wrapped around the spike with a bit of
insulating tape holding it in place! While I'm doing a few other bits
of maintenance work around the place I thought I'd at least make a
better connection. What's the correct way to do this, a clamp such as
used on copper water pipe, or something more robust?

(the whole electrical system is ancient, and I've told the owner this,
but I'm not planning on tinkering with anything else).

Thanks, David.
Leave it alone,because if things start going iffy with electrics he/she will
start blaming you.
And lets be honest if there hasn't been any problems since it was done that
way then things are best left alone.

The moral of the story is...
If its working don't meddle
 
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Tim S

George coughed up some electrons that declared:
Leave it alone,because if things start going iffy with electrics he/she
will start blaming you.
And lets be honest if there hasn't been any problems since it was done
that way then things are best left alone.

The moral of the story is...
If its working don't meddle
How would anyone know it's working? Until it's too late...
 
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Bob Mannix

Tim S said:
George coughed up some electrons that declared:


How would anyone know it's working? Until it's too late...
And then how would you feel, having known about it? An earth that is not
connected properly can only be improved. If you *know* somthing is wrong and
you can improve it then you have a moral duty to do so. If you are not sure
what is right or are not sure how to improve it then I agree, you have a
moral duty not to meddle (but to take all steps to advise and warn).
 
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dom

If you *know* somthing is wrong and
you can improve it then you have a moral duty to do so.
No, moral duty extends no further than warning. If the owner chooses
to ignore the warning, it's their choice. If ignoring the warning is a
wider danger (e.g. shop, business premises etc), then you have to
consider informing a relevant authority.
 
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DavidM

Staying at a friends cottage in Cornwall next week. Last time I was
there I noticed that the cable to the earth spike (it's a TT supply
via overhead cable) was just wrapped around the spike with a bit of
insulating tape holding it in place! While I'm doing a few other bits
of maintenance work around the place I thought I'd at least make a
better connection. What's the correct way to do this, a clamp such as
used on copper water pipe, or something more robust?

(the whole electrical system is ancient, and I've told the owner this,
but I'm not planning on tinkering with anything else).

Thanks, David.
Thanks for all the input. On balance I will do the necessary to make a
better connection between the earth cable and the spike. I'd rather it
not be me or my wife (or anyone else to be honest) to find out the
hard way that it's dangerous at the moment!
I assume that it's best to switch off the incoming power (at the
"CU"s) before doing this.
David.
 
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