Originally Posted by damon /forum/post/15232347
Had an event without any surge protection & it was pricey indeed.
Luckily insurance paid for most of the damage.
I now use a surge protector mounted inside of my loadcenter/breaker box.
It is my understanding that there is no protection from a close proximity lightning strike.
Originally Posted by damon /forum/post/15236879
My current protection scheme is as follows:
Hardwired to the loadcenter & ground:
180,000 Amps (Maximum Surge Current)
Originally Posted by Speedskater /forum/post/15234136
Here is an interesting industrial article on power surges.
It's more of an infomercial than most of David Morrison's writings but it still has good information.
Devices Stop Most Power-Line Disturbances
Jun 1, 2008 12:00 PM
By David Morrison, Editor in Chief
Originally Posted by humbug2 /forum/post/15239437
I had three storm-related surges before taking any measures. Good insurance covered about half of the monetary loss. Being home prevented a potential fire. But I will pay a lot of money to not get another call when I am out of town telling me that my house security alarm is sending out intrusion signals before dying, fried by a thunderstorm as it turned out.
Since then I have bought $,$$$ worth of surge-suppression/conditioning gear for A/V, computer, and assorted other equipment. There has been a lightning hit to the power lines running down the street in front of the house. There has been innumerable thunderstorms with seemingly simultaneous lightning and thunder. This is not to say that anything would have been damaged in any event but I am far less tense than I would be without this kind of equipment.
Originally Posted by 2000man /forum/post/15238636
I had surge protectors, but was worried and was in the process of unplugging things when lightning hit the tree in my front yard. Some things got fried. I don't think any surge device could have stopped that.
I have a friend who has been protected from smaller surges though.
Originally Posted by damon /forum/post/15246388
Insurance Coverage & preparation is also a part of any comprehensive protection.
Towards that end I am assembling an Insurance packet that will have a list of all of my gear with pictures, serial #'s & replacement cost info.