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Posted by bc on December 7th, 2000 02:16 PM
In reply to Very Good !!! by Jay J -Moderator on December 7th, 2000 11:01 AM [Go to top of thread]

As a general practice around here, nobody installs whole house surge protectors on new houses. That is usually left for indivudual surge protectors of specific items like computers. A surge protector will not stop a nearby or direct hit by lightning which can melt the entire panel and start a big fire.

That said I know of a lightning strike last spring that did over $10,000 damage to a house. Also insurance companies paid a bunch of claims last spring where a lightning strike many blocks away caused a surge on every line hooked to that substation covering that part of town and many people still got new computers/appliances even though they were blocks away.

So a whole house protector can't hurt. Neither can an extra ground rod. Then still have a backup battery power supply/surge protector for computers, stereos, vcrs, tvs, etc. The backup on the vcr will help keep the clock running. Finally a lightning rod system may be in order. Depending upon everyone's budget and concern. There are many commercial concerns/radio&tv stations with lots of high priced computer/electrical equipment that have these protections.

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