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Old 01-06-2014, 09:04 PM   #16
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I have surge receptacles on my electronic areas. Pricey but they work. They'll trip the breaker on a surge. Need one on my washer.

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I have surge receptacles on my electronic areas. Pricey but they work. They'll trip the breaker on a surge. Need one on my washer.
Hmm actually I think I've seen those before. I should have installed those in my server room rack outlets, could omit the power bars and plug the PDU/UPS directly.
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I have surge receptacles on my electronic areas. Pricey but they work. They'll trip the breaker on a surge. Need one on my washer.
I did the Leviton 7280-W Surge outlet for our Water heater & Furnace. The thing I found odd, is that they made the Load side connections, lower on the back, then the Line side.

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What I find odd, that instead of using a button that you could use a Toothpick, to quiet the alarm, you have to use a screw driver to shut off the alarm.

I did not do our Wash Machine or Dishwasher, due to they are protected by the Whole House. If I end up doing those two, I am going to have to use a GFCI breaker for the Dishwasher. The Laundry machine, I can just place the outlet in the double gang box with the switched outlet, since I have that circuit protected with a GFCI breaker, that I was using during the middle of the rewiring of the Kitchen, that I no longer needed after I got that mess cleaned up.
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I did not do our Wash Machine or Dishwasher, due to they are protected by the Whole House. If I end up doing those two, I am going to have to use a GFCI breaker for the Dishwasher.
why would you need to put the dishwasher on a gfci?
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The intermatic IG1240RC3 is what I have in my house. It is a whole home SPD for less than $150. Like mentioned before, it connects to a breaker in your electrical panel. Along with surge plug in strips that's about the best protection you can get without spending a ton of money. However, the device should be installed by a licensed electrician just to be safe.
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The intermatic IG1240RC3 is what I have in my house. It is a whole home SPD for less than $150. Like mentioned before, it connects to a breaker in your electrical panel. Along with surge plug in strips that's about the best protection you can get without spending a ton of money. However, the device should be installed by a licensed electrician just to be safe.
The device you mentioned, is allowed to be installed by the homeowner in most areas. Yes having a licensed electrician install it, should be done by those people that are not comfortable with working around electricity, or physically not capable in performing the work.
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I'm sure it is allowed, but I prefered to have mine installed by an electrician so it was done right.
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I've got a 1955 vintage home with 200 amp service. I wonder if there is anything I could splice into my gigantic 100 AMP fuse box so everything - even my load center, would be protected from lightning and surges?
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I've had surge protectors on my computers for years - you know, the kind you buy at Home Depot for about $20 with 6 or so plugs for power and computer cables.

We live in a lightning prone area and many, many times we have lost power and had nearby transformer strikes.

Never, not once, have any of my 5 power surge protectors required resetting.

Do these things actually do anything?
They might be non-functioning but you also don't complain of equipment failure. But these strikes may have shortened the life of your stuff.

You can check protectors with a curve tracer but a 240vac source and a high value resistor may do you as well. The resistor changes the voltage source into a current source.

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Your location is not exactly a hot spot. FL and the Ozarks are the worst and the FL power people had a pretty good deal for their customers. IIRC, they also publish the specs for their protectors; voltage, current, reaction time, energy absorption.
The Grainger catalog is also good for showing actual numbers, rather than adjectives, if they carry these things.

In any case a considerable chunk of the cost of these things goes into insurance coverage for when they fail to protect.

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That makes sense. We're moving this summer and I think I'm going to replace all of my power strips with brand new/quality items as part of the move.

I'm noodling on whether whole - house protection makes sense.

Right now the jury is out.

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