Lightning protection is not a do-it-yourself project. Qualified specialists use UL-listed materials. This ensures the installation complies with nationally recognized Safety Standards of LPI, NFPA and UL. It is highly recommended you hire a professional installer to install the lightning protection rod who knows about compliance and safety standards. If it is not done properly it it will not provide lightning protection to your structure. Moreover, there are guidelines for connections, rod size, base thickness, cable configuration, etc.