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Old 01-22-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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PSA #2: Use Surge Protectors

Tonight I got home from work and there was an electrical surge due to a loose connection at the power pole. The whole house was full of smoke and buzzing like crazy. The computers were plugged into surge protectors, but all the surge protectors either melted, broke, or turned black. The phones, a TV, and some kitchen appliances are dead though.

So make sure you use surge protectors, you never know when a surge might come and blow up your computer! It's something you never even think about until it comes in handy. Anything I had plugged into the protectors are just fine.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:34 PM   #2
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Tonight I got home from work and there was an electrical surge due to a loose connection at the power pole. The whole house was full of smoke and buzzing like crazy. The computers were plugged into surge protectors, but all the surge protectors either melted, broke, or turned black. The phones, a TV, and some kitchen appliances are dead though.

So make sure you use surge protectors, you never know when a surge might come and blow up your computer! It's something you never even think about until it comes in handy. Anything I had plugged into the protectors are just fine.
A few years back we had a really bad storm and from what they told me lighting struck the transformer and exploded. Blew out my hole street and knocked everything in my house out and fried my computer tv etc. Best to be safe about it with surge protectors.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:35 PM   #3
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Right! Also get surge protectors with equipment warranties and pay attention to the surge rating.

If you have some really valuable gear it may make sense to spend $100 or so and get a heavy duty surge protector/power conditioner.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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Is it really necessary? Is there no other form of protection within a home's wiring or city's wiring? Never had any problems, but that sounds terrible to lose all your electronics.

I've had them in the past, but they were ALWAYS beeping for no reason so I just stopped using them.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:05 AM   #5
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I buy all my surge protectors and my APC Battery Back ups from eBay. Always wholesale prices

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Is it really necessary? Is there no other form of protection within a home's wiring or city's wiring? Never had any problems, but that sounds terrible to lose all your electronics.

I've had them in the past, but they were ALWAYS beeping for no reason so I just stopped using them.
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Ditek all the way. I've seen dozens of these that sacrificed their lives for equipment, and the equipment is just fine.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:32 AM   #8
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I use APC UPS's for computers and electronics. Furman for audio equipment power conditioning. I've never heard of Ditek.
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This is psa #2
What was #1?

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I use APC UPS's for computers and electronics. Furman for audio equipment power conditioning. I've never heard of Ditek.
They do the full range, from source suppression to power strips to low-voltage suppression. Most of my experience with Ditek has been with lightning strikes in post-tension structures. It is good stuff, and reasonably priced.
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So yeah, I just found out our vacuum, satellite tv, battery tender, and a few other things are also broken. Gah! PG&E is paying for it though since they recently did some work and their contractors are the ones that broke the wire. I just have to make sure we find everything that was damaged.

My question is... how can I be sure the wires in the walls aren't melted or dangerous now? If I understand it correctly, the circuit breakers should pop before the wires can be damaged, but these momentary bursts of electricity are what damaged the electronics. Is it safe?
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May be a good time to do a whole house surge in addition to the individual ones. I added one when I did my panel a few years ago. For the peace of mind it was worth the $100 it added to the total bill.
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don't assume the tv is dead , open it up, some have fuses on the power board for this reason

usually a ceramic fuse, you can't see if it's blown, read the amp and volt and try a new one

i don't bother with surge protectors, do you coat the outside of your house with fire retardant? i mean , you are in cali

i can't be bothered worrying about every little fin thing that could happen
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not true, just fixed a phillips tv that had a samsung board, fuse saved it

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A few years back we had a really bad storm and from what they told me lighting struck the transformer and exploded. Blew out my hole street and knocked everything in my house out and fried my computer tv etc. Best to be safe about it with surge protectors.
Damn, that's rough. I wonder if it just melts the PSU or actually makes it way to the hard drive? So my question would be, were you able to recover any data?
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