Re: CQD Answer Published Monday, November 17, 2014
The "IT'S NOT MY JOB" grounding electrode problem.
The Architect doesn't note on his plan that the foundation contractor must provide an accessible rebar stub-out of the concrete foundation for use as a CEE (concrete encased electrode).
The plan-checker doesn't make it clear to the plan submitter that an accessible connection IS required and must be noted on the plan, so that the builder makes certain that the rebar is available without compromising the integrity of the foundation by chipping away on it with a Demo-hammer.
The Electrical Contractor doesn't bother to add the requirement to their bid notes to bring it to the attention of the builder.
The GC, if separate from the foundation contractor, also doesn't make the requirement.
The foundation inspector doesn't make it clear to the builder that this connection IS required, so that the builder makes certain that the rebar is available without compromising the integrity of the foundation. No rebar? No concrete pour!
The foundation contractor doesn't bother on his own to provide a, what, $5 rebar stub-out? A whole couple feet of rebar "L" with 6 inches accessible outside the concrete ?
The built-in, house-surrounding, grounding electrode with as low a resistance to earth as you are going to get, and nearly free to boot, made difficult or impossible because of the above - Pathetic.