At 09:49 AM 5/23/2013, you wrote:
>A cow-orker with a new house asked me about whole-house surge
>I see you can purchase a similar device at the local big box for
>In my neighborhood, all the utilities are underground. In 17
years, I've not
>experienced anything that would require use of a whole-house device, despite
>some really exciting electrical storms. All of my electronics are
>normal surge suppressors, but no problems with them or the larger
things so far.
>Any of you guys have any experience or advice concerning this sort of thing?
Like you said, "you're basically buying insurance, as they repair any
damage due to
surges with this service". So how luck do you feel.
In my neighborhood, our utilities are also run under ground and we
don't seem to
have the problems with loosing power that the areas with above ground utilities
That being said, during where does the lightening go? 2 places cloud
to cloud and
cloud to ground. It's that ground problem that causes problems. If you take a
strike close enough to an underground wire, it will induce some of
it's energy into
the wire and you will have a surge. In the 30 yrs that I've lived in
we had only taken 2 lightening strike close enough to cause any
damage. The first
one was picked up by the underground power line. We lost a couple of clock
radios, a cordless telephone base and some other inexpensive items. However,
some of my neighbors were not that lucky. They lost TV, VCRs, etc. Some had
over a couple thousand dollars of damage.
During another lightening storm, we took a strike to the back
yard. But the energy
was picked up by the wires connecting my dvd player to my TV and blew out that
input channel on the TV. Luckly that was all the damage we received that time.
Oh, and I don't not have any surge supressors.
My dad lives in an that has above ground lines and looses power all
the time. In
the 57 yrs he's lived there, he has only had 1 time (after Hurricane
he was without power for over 3 weeks) that he's had problems. When the power
came back on, the surge blew up a TV, radio, messed up his heat/ac
phones, and more.
He also doesn't have any surge protectors on anything.
When we get a bad lightening storm, I will unplug a lot of the
electronics from the
wall, and disconnect various interconnecting cables, and disconnect
the cable feed
to my modem for the internet.
Again, it's a gamble. How much are you willing to loose? To me,
it's too easy to
disconnect things like my computer and some of my radio equipment and flat
screen TV for 1/2 hr or so untill the storm passes and not worry
about the surge
Also a battery back (ups) for your computer is a good surge protector.
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