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Old 05-30-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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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

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Old 05-30-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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you want to put a lightning rod on the tree?

might want to check out this link: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...ds-really-work

many suggest lightning rods don't do a thing.


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Old 05-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #3
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has been struck by lightening 2 years in a roll.
You must be in FL or the Ozarks.
http://www.google.com/search?client=...w=1093&bih=741
Even with Grainger's harnesses I don't climb over 24' and one survival book said to avoid a 14' fall at all costs.
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This is NOT a DYI project.

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

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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?
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arborists are professional as they have to be certified to carry that title.
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here in Quebec, I have had enough trouble with so titled "professionals"..

Any suggestion to screen arborists would be great!

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Get 3 estimates and go with the expensive one.

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