03-26-2013, 06:56 PM
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Seems like a logical idea, doesn't it? The fence needs to be grounded, and you've got all these hunks of metal, so it should work......
Had the same idea myself years ago, so I tried it.
Problem #1 The paint or rust on the T posts acts like an insulator, so it doesn't ground. Being a stubborn person by nature, I sanded off paint where I planned to attach the ground wire, leading to
Problem #2 T posts are painted all the way to the top and bottom, so the paint between where I had sanded and the part that was going into the ground still was aninsulator. Hadn't had enough yet, so I sanded the entire bottom of the T post, and then planted it, leading to
Problem #3 The T post only goes into the ground about 15" (as mentioned above). In order to get a good ground, moisture is essential. Just to prove that my Tpost idea was "do able", I dumped out the water buckets on the T post/ground rod. It did work, but what a PITA, dumping the water on the post day after day.
So, although this idea was a "no go" for you, keep asking questions---one of these days you'll probably discover something that never occurred to anyone else before!