# Main Earthing conductor max resistance?

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#### dokkan1080

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I know main bonding to water and gas need to be 0.05 ohms

But what about the main earthing conductor?

Does it have a maximum resistance value from MET to the CU?

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#### Dustydazzler

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Only one off the top of my head is 0.35 ohms for a tncs (pme)

#### loz2754

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I know main bonding to water and gas need to be 0.05 ohms
According to what regulation?

#### loz2754

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The maximum impedance of the earthing conductor is determined by the adiabatic equation.

#### timhoward

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According to what regulation?
No regulation that I’m aware of, I think it’s in GN3 from memory.

#### timhoward

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In practical terms assuming you have a CU very near the MET the resistance should be almost negligible, so if [email protected] is measured it would be well under the max Ze figures of 0.35 (TNCS) and 0.8 (TNS).
It sounds as though this question relates to a particular situation and maybe more details would help.

#### loz2754

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No regulation that I’m aware of, I think it’s in GN3 from memory.
Nope.
GN3 refers to a measurement made between the cable connected to the bonding clamp, and the actual pipe. This reading to be <0.05 ohms. There is no regulation specifically mentioning a maximum resistance of any bonding conductor.

#### telectrix

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Nope.
GN3 refers to a measurement made between the cable connected to the bonding clamp, and the actual pipe. This reading to be <0.05 ohms. There is no regulation specifically mentioning a maximum resistance of any bonding conductor.
lots of sparks get this wrong. the 0.05 is as you say. absofruitly nothing to do with the resistance of the bonding conductor.

#### timhoward

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lots of sparks get this wrong. the 0.05 is as you say. absofruitly nothing to do with the resistance of the bonding conductor.
Guilty as charged m’lord. Better read GN3 again...!

#### telectrix

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it's to ensure that :

1. the bonding clamp is securely connected to the metal of the pipe, not through paint.

2. wet-pants hasn't fitted clamp to a plastic pipe.seen that done a couple of times.

#### dokkan1080

In practical terms assuming you have a CU very near the MET the resistance should be almost negligible, so if [email protected] is measured it would be well under the max Ze figures of 0.35 (TNCS) and 0.8 (TNS).
It sounds as though this question relates to a particular situation and maybe more details would help.
Not situational I have just seen a really long 16mm earthing conductor today on a tncs a few days ago and was just wondering if it had a maximum length

#### timhoward

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Not situational I have just seen a really long 16mm earthing conductor today on a tncs a few days ago and was just wondering if it had a maximum length
Does that also mean tails were really long and over 3m?

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