Grounding Plate Electrode Requirements

A buried iron or steel plate used as a grounding electrode shall expose not less than _____ of surface area to exterior soil.

a) 1 sq ft
b) 2 sq ft
c) 4 sq ft
d) 6 sq ft

See answer and applicable Code reference

The correct answer is: b) 2 sq ft

Grounding electrode requirements are outlined in Sec. 250.52 of the 2011 NEC. As noted in 250. 52(A)(7), "Each plate electrode shall expose not less than 2 sq ft of surface to exterior soil. El

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