I have my own idea about inexpensive Lighting Rods and will explain after I protect myself from attorney’s.
Last night we had over 10,000 lighting strikes around Central Florida.
I know, so what, this is not unusual for Florida because this is the tropics.
What, unfortunately is also not so unusual is, it would seem that builders and contractors are not installing some sort protection against lighting striking on those buildings!
Another thing that is not so unusual is, they might not have to because in may not be a law in the Tropics?
What are Lighting Rods, Arresters or Arrestors?
The following are some good reading sites.
I think that the Wikipedia and PDF are the best helpful sites?
I would like it if you could read them all.
I built my system long before the internet with scraps from old equipment (I am a big packrat and save everything useful) after a number of building were burning to the ground from lighting.
Because people will always be people and time helps them forget, or they do not call an electrician, building were still being hit and lighting was still hitting trees all around the area however for over 30 years, ours was still standing after we moved south?
A ground rod or arrestor directs any harmful lighting strike from the roof to the ground to help from hitting the home, simply put?
Electricity will follow the simplest path toward earth, and the ground rod and the home’s ground system wires provide that path.
If you walk outside to the electric meter you will see, I hope, that it is connected to a ground rod with an 8-gauge or thicker solid copper wire.
The ground rod, typically an 6 to 8-foot-long, 5/8-inch-thick, copper-coated steel rod, enters the soil near the home’s foundation.
Well, this Lightning rod will do the same thing.
I prefer to connect the rod to a separate grounding rod (a copper rod at least 4′ into the ground, the deeper the better 6′ is good).
You will need something nonconductive, I used plastic clamps to hold the rod to the building.
Connect a copper rod, I used 3/4″ copper pipe 6, long, I hooked #10 gauge romex cable using all three copper wires inside of the romex cable (the plastic coated electoral wire, found in most hardware stores)
by drilling a hole at the bottom of the pipe, hooked the wire at spacing again with plastic straps, down the wall for looks and hooker it to the rod in the ground the same way as the rod on the roof, painted everything except the rod on the roof for looks and it is ready for the next storm?