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    Question How should a lightning rod for a home be made and what type of material would be best used for this project a wind vain type maybe ??

    Any picís thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

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    Copper would be my choice from what i see on old barns around here. My dads barn has copper and a twisted copper wire about 1/8" x 1" coming to the ground. I see signs around here http://www.drboom.com don't know whats there but i see lots of signs...Bob
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    I would put a copper one foot high rod at the talest point on your structure, and run twisted stranded wire ( about the size of a pencil to handle the current) down to the closest point that I could find to the ground. The most important part is that YOU MUST have a good ground rod connected at the ground point. You want the lightning Arc to go to ground as fast as possible, and be dissapated all into that ground rod. I suspect that if you google lightning rods you will get some expert advice. To me, the most important part is the ground rod being well connected to the earth, other wise you are just attracting the lightning to your structure that you are trying to protect..
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    this is one project that i myself would not even try,,, and im a complete nut.


    i once talked to an electrician about doing this type of thing myself,,, he laughed,, i believe that this is even separate from normal electricians know how, and is a highly specialized installation/certification/materials. after all,,, it involves god knows how much power,, coupled with the unpredictably of lightning.
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    Do a Google search for "Lightning Arresting Equipment". There are many sources for information, parts, and prices, but this is a very specialized field and it isn't a good idea to do it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyHorse! View Post
    Question How should a lightning rod for a home be made and what type of material would be best used for this project a wind vain type maybe ??

    Any picís thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
    You can find some information in the following link:

    http://www.atmo.arizona.edu/students...A_780_2004.pdf
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    it's just for my own education of how no intentions of use just wondering how they are made and materials used.

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    You want sweeping turns of the wire not sharp 90'bends. you also want a large dia of wire running from the spear to the ground rod's that are in the earth.
    And don't forget the glass indicator ball, so you know if you took a hit. The ball shatters, show you know when it gone you been struck.
    lightningrods.com

    lightningrodparts.com

    Here are two that you will find use full
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    Quote Originally Posted by PTsideshow View Post
    You want sweeping turns of the wire not sharp 90'bends. you also want a large dia of wire running from the spear to the ground rod's that are in the earth.
    And don't forget the glass indicator ball, so you know if you took a hit. The ball shatters, show you know when it gone you been struck.
    lightningrods.com

    lightningrodparts.com

    Here are two that you will find use full
    Thanks great sites and good info!

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