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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #135 on: August 02, 2021, 09:32:14 AM »
We had virtually the same thing happen a couple of years back. I had my computer and TV off and unplugged. Lightening hit the Powerline pole right outside the house and the surge came in through the Router, past my Surge Protector, and fried the Router, my computer, and F-'ed-Up the HDMI ports on the back of the TV. New computer, new Router, new TV, and new Surge Protector followed.  Fortunately my local Computer Person retrieved all my info off the old computer and onto the new one. She told me nothing on Earth can save you from a direct hit by lightening.  :'(
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #136 on: August 02, 2021, 09:52:58 AM »
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #137 on: August 02, 2021, 10:32:34 AM »
We had virtually the same thing happen a couple of years back. I had my computer and TV off and unplugged. Lightening hit the Powerline pole right outside the house and the surge came in through the Router, past my Surge Protector, and fried the Router, my computer, and F-'ed-Up the HDMI ports on the back of the TV. New computer, new Router, new TV, and new Surge Protector followed.  Fortunately my local Computer Person retrieved all my info off the old computer and onto the new one. She told me nothing on Earth can save you from a direct hit by lightening.  :'(

Yes. Sounds very similar. I consider myself lucky that more damage was not done.

I'm looking into a whole house surge protector now. They only run between $300 - $400. Not sure entirely how effective they are, but it has to be better than nothing.
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #138 on: August 02, 2021, 10:48:02 AM »
Hmm didn't know that something like that was available.
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #139 on: August 02, 2021, 02:53:38 PM »
We had virtually the same thing happen a couple of years back. I had my computer and TV off and unplugged. Lightening hit the Powerline pole right outside the house and the surge came in through the Router, past my Surge Protector, and fried the Router, my computer, and F-'ed-Up the HDMI ports on the back of the TV. New computer, new Router, new TV, and new Surge Protector followed.  Fortunately my local Computer Person retrieved all my info off the old computer and onto the new one. She told me nothing on Earth can save you from a direct hit by lightening.  :'(

Yes. Sounds very similar. I consider myself lucky that more damage was not done.

I'm looking into a whole house surge protector now. They only run between $300 - $400. Not sure entirely how effective they are, but it has to be better than nothing.

When we moved into our home around 20 years ago, surprisingly our home was a magnet for lightening strikes and got hit a number of times.  In one summer, we lost (3) TVs, computer, and other equipment.  One of our family who is an electrician recommended the home surge protector and we immediately installed it.  Since then, not a single issue for a fairly small price to install.  Well worth it in my opinion.  Of course now I have lost the excuse to upgrade my equipment as frequently:)

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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #140 on: August 02, 2021, 03:32:48 PM »
Is a whole house surge protector easy to install or is a professional needed?
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #141 on: August 02, 2021, 03:37:38 PM »
Is a whole house surge protector easy to install or is a professional needed?

I am not handy enough to do myself, we had our relative who is electrician do.  Didnít take him much time if I recall correctly.

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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #142 on: August 02, 2021, 03:40:22 PM »
^Thanks. Looking at them now, there are many to choose from.
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #143 on: August 02, 2021, 05:36:15 PM »
Is a whole house surge protector easy to install or is a professional needed?

My buddy is an electrician. He told me for the price of a beer, he could do it in 7 seconds.
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #144 on: August 02, 2021, 05:59:02 PM »
Is a whole house surge protector easy to install or is a professional needed?

My body is an electrician. He told me for the price of a beer, he could do it in 7 seconds.

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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #145 on: August 02, 2021, 06:12:10 PM »
Is a whole house surge protector easy to install or is a professional needed?

My body is an electrician. He told me for the price of a beer, he could do it in 7 seconds.

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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #146 on: August 02, 2021, 06:42:31 PM »
Hmm maybe I could do it myself. I'll try drinking a few beers first.
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #147 on: August 02, 2021, 08:57:46 PM »
Beer always helps. It can really help after you lose a TV and a computer to lightning. Or...like I'm having to do right now, replace the house AC unit.  :hide:  In August.  :hide: :hide:
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #148 on: August 04, 2021, 12:19:35 PM »
Does home owner's insurance cover damage from lightning strikes?
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Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #149 on: August 04, 2021, 12:21:43 PM »
Mine did, but there's always a deductible.  :hide:
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