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Old July 11th, 2009, 06:42 AM   #1
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Lightning struck my house! I was sitting on my computer and crack loud as hell...I seen sparks fly out of me wall sockets. It fried half of the electronics in my house...funny though just certain things! It got my directv box in my home theater but not the TV or Stereo. Microwave is gone, one of the kids computers is toast. It did not matter if it had a surge protector on it or not. Some things did not have one and they got zapped and other things did have one and they also got zapped. Time to collect some insurance I guess!
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Old July 11th, 2009, 06:59 AM   #2
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Glad nothing major was damaged and everyone is safe.

I got hit a few years ago. Fried every item in my entertainment center, every phone and my garage door opener. Eploded the light bulbs in the garage.
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Old July 11th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #3
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Wow thats crazy, maybe with the insurance $$$ you can get a new tow hook.
Im glad every one is ok
BTW when ya wanna go wheeling again?
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Old July 11th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #4
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I want to go wheelin again soon! Need money to fill the 40 gallon tank though This is crazy though it did not zap anything expensive but it got everything in our house that cost under $200. The kids cheap computer, alarm clocks, microwave ect ect. All TV's are OK as well as stove and fridge...I still bet it's $3000 worth of stuff!
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Old July 11th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #5
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Fantastic news...I saved the Directv HD DVR box. I took it apart just now and there was a little fuse in there...replaced fuse and it powered right up
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Old July 11th, 2009, 11:02 AM   #6
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wow glad you guys are ok and only items were toasted
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Old July 11th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #7
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mmm... wheelin.... I just made what unemployment pays me in the last 2 days... god its nice to be on the road again...
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Surge protectors don't stop a direct hit. More expensive items usually are built a little more robust and will absorb a hit or simply pop a fuse. Cheap stuff fries.
When I worked at the TV shop we were always busy after a good lightning storm.
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A few years ago lightning hit the transformer on our pole. For about 3 months after that, weird things began to happen. The toaster and microwave would burn the hell out of everything, the TV's would hum all the time, and breakers would pop almost weekly.

DTE finally came out and changed it out. And while they were working on the one in front of my house, the transformer on the next pole down began to shower sparks all over the place like a KISS concert. They changed that one too, lol.
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A few years ago lightning hit the transformer on our pole. For about 3 months after that, weird things began to happen. The toaster and microwave would burn the hell out of everything, the TV's would hum all the time, and breakers would pop almost weekly.

DTE finally came out and changed it out. And while they were working on the one in front of my house, the transformer on the next pole down began to shower sparks all over the place like a KISS concert. They changed that one too, lol.
You got lucky, sounds like your line voltage was varying on the high side. The TV shop I worked for in the 80's sold a new TV to a woman in Utica, 2 days later it died so we sent out a new one. That one lasted an hour, so I went out with the delivery and checked the line voltage, it was spiking as high as 175 volts! Called Edison (this was before DTE) they came out and replace the transformer behind her house.
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Old July 11th, 2009, 12:51 PM   #11
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WOW thats some wild sh**
I know that you can get lighting supressers for a couple grand that will protect computers,hdtv's andother hi end electronects don't know if that covers a direct hit i guss that is what insurance is for
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Old July 11th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #12
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Maybe God was givin' you a message to get off that dirty site! haha
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I know that you can get lighting supressers for a couple grand that will protect computers,hdtv's andother hi end electronects don't know if that covers a direct hit i guss that is what insurance is for
AFAIK, nothing can withstand a direct hit.

What usually happen is there is a static surge of several thousand volts, (lightning produces millions of volts) and this static surge overheats electronic components. I've only seen one direct hit, it burned every outlet in the house right out of the walls, the entire family room (where the main power line hookup was) burned severely to the joists. Not one electrical item in the house survived, even the elements on the electric stove burned out.

In 1982 dollars, the replacement cost for the appliances and electronics in the house was almost $20,000. I'll never forget the commission on that sale.
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AFAIK, nothing can withstand a direct hit.

What usually happen is there is a static surge of several thousand volts, (lightning produces millions of volts) and this static surge overheats electronic components. I've only seen one direct hit, it burned every outlet in the house right out of the walls, the entire family room (where the main power line hookup was) burned severely to the joists. Not one electrical item in the house survived, even the elements on the electric stove burned out.

In 1982 dollars, the replacement cost for the appliances and electronics in the house was almost $20,000. I'll never forget the commission on that sale.
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I dont know if it was a direct hit or not...I do have fried outlets and a few fried breakers. Now it looks like we might have to rewire because I am sure the insulation on those lines are toast...still checking things out and taking inventory and digging up receipts for the insurance.
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Old July 11th, 2009, 04:01 PM   #18
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when i was younger we went out of town for a few days, we had a zip line from the house to a tree for the dog to run on, lightning struck the tree and blew out every outlet in the house, we had to replace everything.
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Glad everyone's OK. That was a crazy lightning storm last night.
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Have you hound the strike point yet or did it come in thru the electric or phone line?
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