The other day I was at a home inspection. I was trying to determine if the earth grounding electrode to the main electric service panel was still intact. It is not uncommon to find these connections cut or loose.
First, we had a bit of earth to wood contact going on which, in this state, is a mandatory issue to report. That wood to soil contact was making it difficult to see if there was a wire there or not. In fact, it sure did not look like it.
I carry a rot probe in my pocket that is perfect for this purpose of finding such a wire. I merely got it under the siding and scraped the metal probe along the foundation wall. Make sure that any probe or screwdriver you use for this purpose has an insulated handle for safety. Sure enough, at one point, I could no longer pull the probe any farther. I take a look and there was the elusive ground wire -- captured at last. Sometimes you have to do a bit of digging.
Thanks for stopping by,
Steven L. Smith
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