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  1. Electrical
    Hi. Looking for advice on for a whole house surge protector (in a low to moderate lightning area) - what product to install and where based on my specific breaker panels (main & sub, and has photovoltaics - not worried about the solar panels getting hit - more about surges through the grid). See...
  2. Electrical
    Hey all, I'm considering putting in a couple breaker-style whole house surge protectors, like this or this. Does anyone have experience with these? Mainly, how long do these typically last? Don't want to put in the money if they'll have to be replaced every 2-3 years. What has been the...
  3. Electrical
    Greetings. Two days ago, a power surge from an electrical storm destroyed at least 5 thermostats in our planned community neighborhood of 60 homes. In each instance, the thermostat was a Nexia/Trane model 624 (or similar), which was installed with the furnace by the same HVAC contractor (since...
  4. Electrical
    Just bought a HEPD80 for a sub panel that is for lighting. The instructions offer two ways to mount, Direct Bus or with a breaker but it doesn't give any pros or cons with either way. My research has found tons of posts about breaker location closest to the supply and lack of breaker space...
  5. Electrical
    Two part question here: Part 1: My father-in-law had his HVAC company do a annual electrical inspection and they recommended a whole house surge protector at the main panel. He called the electric company and they said he doesn't need one because of the meter he has. Within the past couple years...
  6. Electrical
    Hi; I just installed a new washer. Since this washer has sensitive electronics, I feel that I should have a surge protector for it. I have a whole-house protector installed at the SE panel, but I think I should have more protection at the load. The washer is plugged into a 20A dedicated line...
  7. Electrical
    Apparently we only have a 60 amp service to our nyc apartment. It's an old breaker box that we need to replace. Our last apartment was also a 60 amp box with like 2 or 3 circuits and it tripped anytime we run 2 kitchen appliances. We want to adopt current best practices for electrical. We'll be...
  8. HVAC
    Hi all, I'm new to the forum and new to home ownership as well. I live in Durham, NC area so needless to say it's pretty hot this time of year, and most everyone has their AC running. On Saturday we went out to dinner and when we returned I noticed that it felt quite hot in the house. I went...
  9. Electrical
    Hello, I previously hire a company to run AC power for my TV mounted on the fireplace and my concern was having it surge protected. What he basically did was that he added a recessed outlet on back of the TV where the power cord is plug into. He then ran romex cable I believe from that outlet...
  10. Electrical
    I just recently moved into a room in a house build in 1947. The landlady doesn't know the exact history of the wiring in the house but the outlets in my room and the living room all have just two wires running to them (even though some had 3-pronged outlets...grrr) and so I am assuming are not...
  11. Electrical
    Hey I have been thinking of trying to construct a easy plug in system to use for my entertainment center. I am not sure if the idea can work from an electrical stand or not, but here it is... I want to connect a motion sensor to a surge protector (or something alike). The motion sensor would...
  12. Electrical
    I have a receptacle in my house with an open ground. Almost all of the house is done with knob and tube wiring, but the boxes are grounded, somehow... Anyways, this one box is not grounded. I'd like to put my cable modem and router there, but I definately want them to be surge protected, as I...
  13. Electrical
    Hi, I just bought a network storage drive with redundancy (RAID 1) on it to protect important files like all my pictures, music etc. I live in an old house with horrible wiring, very old and even aluminum in some rooms and I want to make sure that a surge won't wipe out everything I have. I'm...
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