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TOPIC: Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods

Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods 11 years 4 months ago #41516

www.galvanelectrical.com/ULCounterfeitGroundRods.asp

HARRISBURG, N.C.- Underwriters Laboratories recently posted a public notice to alert Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), electrical contractors, electricians and retailers of counterfeit copper-coated ground rods that carry a UL symbol along with a fake listing mark.
The thickness of the copper plating for these ground rods does not comply with U.S. and Canadian Standards for Safety. It is unknown whether the ground rods are suitble to ensure an adequate ground path.

The listing number, 4X41, that is stamped on the rods appears to be something that someone simply made up. The rods are most likely imported although the country of origin has not been determined.

The rods in question are ¾" x 8' copper coated rods. Galvan Industries has confirmed with UL that there is no "4X41" listing for any copper-coated ground rod of any diameter or length.

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Re: Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods 11 years 4 months ago #41525

Nice catch Jeff...

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Re: Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods 11 years 4 months ago #41526

That's just nuts.

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Re: Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods 11 years 4 months ago #41529

In fairness, Chris Currins posted it at the Nachi MB. I "borrowed" it from him. ;)

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Re: Counterfeit Copper Ground Rods 11 years 4 months ago #41531

Not a problem with the NEC (National Electrical Code) Grounding Electrode Conductors are not required to be UL approved.

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Gary
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