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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Severe electrical event

    Quote Originally Posted by JoJer View Post
    I had some similar problems from a lightning strike across the street, about 40' away. It didn't cause any circuit or surge trips, but the computer shut down-I was on line at the time. Some sort of EMP, I guess. Big purple flash-BOOM right outside the window. I about cr*apped.

    I missed this original posting so this is a bit late. Know how JoJer feels. Had vineyards here in Southern Oregon for years. Miles and miles of #10 wire for vine training, etc. All connected to steel posts driven into the ground.

    Talk about a lightning rod looking for a place to happen. Several major storms but only one actually 'hit the wires.' To my surprise no damage at all to the wire system(s) but did get more than a few vines 'fried.' Only real damage was a bolt that hit the main water filter system. Blew the hell out of a $1,500 electronic valve control board.

    You couldn't see any obvious damage (which always struck me as odd) but the installer of my water system said 'You're still under warranty ...' Ordered a new one up and just snapped same into place and turned the power back on.

    Worked like a champ.

    fae
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Severe electrical event

    Well I think I finally have everything fixed the lightning wrecked. I was hit in the chimney for the furnace. The top was gone, and I mean gone. There was no trace of it to be found. Not on the roof, not in the yard. Where it departed, there was a piece of metal shaped like an arrowhead, about the right size too. It was peeled back at an angle I assume pointing in the direction the top left at what must have been a serious rate of speed. So now I have a new furnace and a new chimney and it cost about enough for a really good two hander, reel and all. Dang lightning! I need to do something to stop this getting hit problem. I think three times is more than enough.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Severe electrical event

    Mmm..lightning strikes. One of the experiences the flatlanders/city dwellers don't usually encounter. I had one that fried all the phones, the tv, computers, and probably other stuff I've forgotten. All on new (maybe a year old) surge protectors. I had one this summer that fried a circuit breaker on the main box. It's a small price to pay for living in the mountains.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Severe electrical event

    That's pretty much the same list of destruction I had. It's getting pretty old. The furnace was a new twist though. It took a direct hit though. One right in the chimney. Pow!

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