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hohadcr 05-30-2012 08:30 AM

DIY lightening rod
Hi, I have a tree (came with the house) that is about 50-60ft tall in my backyard,the tree top covers maybe a diameter of 20-30ft. (maybe some kind of maple, not sure).

This tree is by far the tallest on the block, and has been struck by lightening 2 years in a roll.

I would like to put some kind of lightening rod on it. I know the main cable and the ground rod can be bought in HD.

Anyone knows how I can DIY the rest of the lighten rod system?

Many thanks

cibula11 05-30-2012 01:01 PM

you want to put a lightning rod on the tree?

might want to check out this link:

many suggest lightning rods don't do a thing.

Yoyizit 05-30-2012 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by hohadcr (Post 932080)
has been struck by lightening 2 years in a roll.

You must be in FL or the Ozarks.
Even with Grainger's harnesses I don't climb over 24' :eek: and one survival book said to avoid a 14' fall at all costs.

chrisn 05-30-2012 04:14 PM

This is NOT a DYI project.:no::no:

I was a professional tree expert for many years and this job( done correctly) is not easy. Call you're local tree expert co and get an estimate. I am surprised this tree is still alive after being struck twice. Normally one strike and the tree is dead.

Yoyizit 05-30-2012 04:31 PM

It should also protect surrounding areas, see the "Rolling Sphere" method.

The pose in your avatar looks a little like this lady

hohadcr 05-30-2012 07:22 PM

Hi, Yoyizit, I am up in Quebec, Canada.

Hi, chrisn, If I call and arbor, how do I tell who would do the job professionally? Any specific questions to ask? Any specific kind of lightening rod system is recomended?

cibula11 05-30-2012 07:41 PM

arborists are professional as they have to be certified to carry that title.

hohadcr 05-30-2012 08:28 PM

here in Quebec, I have had enough trouble with so titled "professionals"..

Any suggestion to screen arborists would be great!


chrisn 05-31-2012 03:35 AM

Get 3 estimates and go with the expensive one.:whistling2:

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