Several months ago an electrician upgraded my 60/100A electric service
to 200A. (I call the old one a 60/100A service since the old breaker box
was a 70s era 100A box but the service feed was the original 1940s 60A
service. Main breaker 100A) There is a ground rod (iron pipe) through the
basement floor that was connected to the old panel. The electrician
installed a ground to the cold water pipe before the water meter (also
jumped the meter) as well as a new ground rod (2 of them, actually) for
the electric meter. He never connected the old ground rod in the basement.
Should he have? As far as I know the cold water line isn't considered
sufficient. Also, the new ground rods were installed _sideways_ - laid in
a trench a few inches below ground. Is _that_ OK?
18 years ago