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Old 03-31-2009, 06:41 AM   #31
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The best protection is at the meterbase. Ask your power company about meter socket surge suppressors or have an electrician install one. This is what I mean.

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Thanks, I'll look into it. I did a search of my utility's website; couldn't find any info. I saw a link for a Leviton unit. Mfg's suggested retail: $194. Not bad.

Just wondering if you could shed any light on my original question.

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Hi all, thanks for the quick replies. Some specific questions:

BobM- What specific brands/units do you have now? Any idea how seriously they have been challenged?

dynamo- Any idea which (APC or Belkin) units did better?

Buletbob- do you recall which brands failed?

jaros- what was invloved with warranty claim? Had you registered the unit? Did they need receipt/old unit/etc?

Thanks again to all! God bless. Gene

I use the Panamax Primax Whole-House Surge Suppressor GPP8005 at the panel since some others effect my X-10 signals. Almost everything is on these switches and controlled from my office computers.

On the two large TV with sound systems I use the PuraAV from Belkin

On the computers I use APS brand 1000VA with battery backup and shutdown software.

On the Sub Zero refrigerator (which was killed once before protection) I use a simple unit from APS to protect the electronic board

Next on the todo list is to install a lightning protection system. I am on top of the mountain and the house it the highest point around. I've been hit three times where major damage was encounted.

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Looking over information on the Web, I notice that the units have two wires coming out; each one connected to a breaker in the panel, plus a ground connection.
Yes, the two wires are connected to a double pole breaker or two single poles and the ground is attached to, well, the ground.

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My basic question is, if there is an incoming surge via the power line, how is the surge prevented from going out on any (all) other legs (nanoseconds) before it reaches the suppressor? Shouldn't the surge 'see' the suppressor before it has an opportunity to 'go' elsewhere?
They are kind of "away" from the legs, but it acts about the same as any surge suppressor. There are "MOVS" or "metal oxide varistors" these start conducting electrical current when the voltage reaches a certain level. These movs are placed from the two hots to ground. Surge suppressors are only made for very short surges (less than 25ms). Protection would be pretty effective if you paired it with surge surpressors at your equipment.

It is a good idea to turn your equipment off during storms and shut the breaker off.
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Next on the todo list is to install a lightning protection system. I am on top of the mountain and the house it the highest point around. I've been hit three times where major damage was encounted.


You could have a large array of ground electrodes installed. With some lightning rods. That should be pretty effective.
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You could have a large array of ground electrodes installed. With some lightning rods. That should be pretty effective.
I need to repair and add to an old system that was there. I think the fact that old spikes are on the roof, but not longer connected to anything may actually be increasing my hits. So the plan is to put in a new system. Driving many ground rods is difficult since the entire property is on top of solid granite ledge. I have been building walls and bringing in dirt for 15 years now just to have lawn. Some walls are 20 feet high.

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