[AMRadio] Somewhat Off topic - lightning protection

Sara & Wayne Steiner saw at kans.com
Tue Jul 13 19:18:49 EDT 2004

Hi Brian

My semi rural home has all wiring , power, telephone and cable all under
ground.  Over the years there have been several  been several cases where I
have sustained damage caused by lighting strikes in the area. None at the
house.  I purchased a surge protector from the rural elec co-op which is
guraranteed to work. The last strike about 1200 ft away put a crater in the
ground and took out the surge protector which was furnished by the rural
electric co-op.  They replaced the protector at no cost.  I had no damage.
Before the REC protector, one of my cases of damage was the refrigerator
wiring harness.  It was toast!. The high potential seemed to come in through
the safety ground! Didn't trip the breaker! I have no explanation.  The
potential created by a lighting strike induced into under ground wiring is
huge!  Check with with your elec company for their surge protectors, at
least they may guaranty their product as mine does.

Wayne, N0TE

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