Ground Electrode Kit enables installation from ground level.

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Designed to facilitate installation of 8 ft long ground rods, ERITECH Convenient Ground Electrode Kit contains two 4 ft, 5/8 in. dia ERITECH copperbonded ground rods; drive sleeve; ERITECH compression coupling; and ERITECH HAMMERLOCK grounding connector or CP58 grounding clamp. UL-Listed, NEC-Compliant kit is designed for No. 6 and 4 solid copper wire applications; kit with CP58 grounding clamp is designed for No. 10 solid thru No. 2 stranded conductor.

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ERITECH® Convenient Ground Electrode Kits from ERICO are Easier to Transport and Install

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - SOLON, Ohio, USA, October 2005 - Installing eight-foot-long ground rods can be challenging. Installers stand precariously on ladders, truck beds or use other difficult methods to drive ground rods into the earth. Others cut eight-foot rods into four-foot lengths for installation safety. To alleviate these challenges, ERICO offers the new ERITECH Convenient Ground Electrode (CGE) Kit. The kit contains two four-foot, 5/8-in.-diameter, ERITECH copperbonded ground rods; a drive sleeve; an ERITECH compression coupling and an ERITECH HAMMERLOCK grounding connector or CP58 grounding clamp. The new kit allows for installation from the ground level and is much easier to transport than eight-foot ground rods.

The UL-Listed, NEC-Compliant ERITECH CGE kit with ERITECH HAMMERLOCK is designed for #6 and #4 solid copper wire applications. Additional wire size applications may be available upon request. The ERITECH CGE kit with the CP58 grounding clamp is designed for #10 solid thru #2 stranded conductor.

ERITECH copperbonded steel ground rods resist corrosion and provide for a service life of more than 30 years in most soils. They are manufactured using ERICO's unique copperbonding process which produces a consistent, tough, and extremely durable rod. ERITECH rods exceed the requirements of ANSI®/UL® 467-2004, CSA® and ANSI/NEMA® GR-1.

The ERITECH HAMMERLOCK taper-fit compression connector, included in the kit, joins the grounding conductor to the ground rod with the strike of a hammer.

No torque wrench is required for proper installation. Machined from electrolytic copper, the connection is highly conductive and designed to withstand ground fault currents and lightning transients. The rugged, irreversible connector exceeds the mechanical strength requirements of IEEE 837 and maintains the highest level of electrical performance for many years after being buried in the harsh underground environment.

A coupling and drive sleeve complete the CGE kit. A length of conductor is the only thing needed to finish the installation.

For more information, please call 1-800-677-9089 or visit

ERICO® is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of precision-engineered specialty metal products serving global niche product markets in a diverse range of electrical, commercial and industrial construction, utility and rail applications. The company is headquartered in Solon, Ohio, USA with a network of sales locations serving more than 25 countries and with manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide.

ERICO's well-known brand names include: CADDY® fixings and fasteners; CADWELD® welded electrical connections; CRITEC® surge protection devices; ERICO® rail bonds; ERIFLEX® low-voltage components; ERITECH® lightning protection and grounding; and LENTON® mechanical rebar splices. Visit ERICO online at

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