[AMRadio] Somewhat Off topic - lightning protection

Patrick Jankowiak recycler at swbell.net
Tue Jul 13 23:46:06 EDT 2004

Is your safety ground actually grounded (with a ground rod) at 
the main box, and therein also securely bonded to the neutral 
lead of the incoming utility power? with a #4 wire or better?

This keeps the lightning voltage which is coming in from from the 
ground, at or near the same potential as your neutral lead, 
thereby minimizing the voltage between GND and NEUT during a 
lightning strike.

The REC's protector, is it something sold commercially? Sounds 


Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 18:18:49 -0500
From: "Sara & Wayne Steiner" <saw at kans.com>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Somewhat Off topic - lightning protection

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.

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