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Question DetailsAsked on 8/10/2016

House built 1998 was informed I need to have a ground rod installed for cable. How much to install?

Direct TV is the company. I have had both Direct & Dish in the past but said neither this nor my phone and internet has this connection and it is required by code now.

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Surprised they would not put one in for you.


I would check with your local building official electrical inspector on grounding/bonding requirement and also required distance (if any) from electrical system ground rod,, because the grounding/bonding world is all screwed up with conflicts between the UBC, IRC, and IEC. Most require ALL communications systems to be bonded to the electrical ground for the electric system - typically an 8-10' copper-clad 5/8" or 3/4" rod driven into the ground. Others (and some utilities) specifically PROHIBIT using the electrical ground and require a separate ground rod - I have also seen a requirement for separate rod at least 5 feet from the electrical ground BUT required to be bonded to the electrical ground rod. Some alternatively require bonding to electrical system ground somewhere in house but not necessarily outside.


For electrician to do this - probably about $30-60 for the rod and connector, and minimum service charge for installation of $75-150. handyman probably about $50-75 plus the materials charge. DIY - once you clarify the code requirements in your area, about $20-30 for the materials. Generally takes a hand sledge to drive it in - in large gravel or cobbly soil can take a pneumatic hammer, and in rare cases in rocky soil uyou have to go with the alternate of either a drilled hole and grouted into bedrock, or trenching (at least 3 feet deep in most codes) and burying the rod horizontal in the ground, with heavy braided copper wire leading to the surface - or at least one jurisdiction I saw required 10 feet laid in the trench, then 90 degree connection with a special bronze Tee clamp to a 3 foot piece to ground surface.


Before doing it you should get a free utility locate (dial 811 in most areas) so you don't drive it through power line, phone line, gasline, sewer, sprinkler system, etc.


Whatever you do, do NOT bond to a lightning rod system ground rod.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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