[Coco] Storm damage
John T Chasteen
johnchasteen at juno.com
Tue Apr 24 14:17:32 EDT 2012
Be sure your electrical service entrance is grounded and
your telephone service is grounded at the entrance to your home.
The electrical supply stores sell "Lightning Protectors " that can be
mounted in your service cabinet.
On Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:50:54 -0400 gene heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com>
> On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 01:24:46 PM Bill did opine:
> > Well, I'm back where I started. We had a terrific storm last night
> > now the HP I got from another member on the list is history. It
> > running, but it was plugged in. Luckily, nothing was hooked to it.
> > now I don't have a PC that I can use.
> > I have an old G5 Mac, but it doesn't have a COM1 port. So, until I
> > scrounge around and find another PC, I'm out of luck.
> Lightning Bill?
> Monitor separate? S/B plugged into the same outlet.
> Static grounded (3rd round pin)? No? All bets are against you.
> Line cords all effectively plugged into the same outlet? No? All
> bets are
> against you again.
> I got tired of that lightning blowing stuff scene about 20 years
> blowing modems etc every time mother nature heard somebody call that
> butter, and went through the wiring to one of the wall plugs here in
> room and soldered all the joints in every junction box clear back to
> circuit breaker. Then I, in time, bought a huge all in one power
> with surge arrestors for the power line, the telephone line and even
> a coax
> surge limiter to run the cable tv circuit through. 7 breaker
> outlets on it plus those data/tv lines.
> A 1500WA rated ups is plugged into that, and 3 6 outlet power strips
> power stuff that needs a gracefull shutdown are plugged into the
> The rest of the stuff in this room, printers, net switches etc, are
> into power strips plugged into the big strip. So I am tied together
> with a
> common ground between everything that all comes from one single wall
> A star ground in the parlance.
> This whole rooms contents can bounce 50 to 100 thousand volts when
> lightning hits the transformer pole across the street, but it all
> in unison so nothing is hurt.
> I haven't lost anything except a couple of 15' USB extension hubs
> that went
> to the basement where the coco is similarly wired all to one strip,
> but it
> isn't on this same branch circuit so the USB stuff got hammered.
> Twice, but
> since I bought some new cables from a different vendor that are 10
> long and re-arranged the hubs downstairs, they are either tougher
> stuff or
> I haven't been tapped hard enough in the last year.
> Cheers, Gene
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