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Old 08-29-2006, 09:38 AM   #1
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What are you doing Labor Day? I'm staying home and hosting the extended family for a cookout. Each family will bring a covered dish and I will do the burgers and hotdogs. If the weather is rainy, we'll do the honors in my new RV garage - it'll hold the entire family and then some.
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What are you doing Labor Day? I'm staying home and hosting the extended family for a cookout. Each family will bring a covered dish and I will do the burgers and hotdogs. If the weather is rainy, we'll do the honors in my new RV garage - it'll hold the entire family and then some.
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:48 AM   #3
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Hi Hamie -
Saw your post and popped in here for a minute - we'll see you in Burleson!
I'm DEFINITELY ready to party!

Doggievet -
I noticed in your post you mentioned your new RV garage....hubby and I are looking at various styles, materials, etc etc etc for our "retirement" property. We've been looking at Morton Buildings which is a nation-wide company, but we'd like to get input from as many friends on irv2.com about the types/materials/etc of their RV garages! Did you design yours or select from a list of options?

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I guess I'll be baby sittting Ernesto!

I hope I don't get any more severe thunderstorms! The last one just cost me a Linksys WTG54G Wireless Router, a workstation 100MB/NIC, a Utopia DSL Modem and the time to go to the store and buy all that stuff and reconfigure my network.

and "Yes" I have all that stuff connected to a large surge suppressor. Good thing that I didn't loose the entire computer workstation and my printers. Problem was that I didn't have the telco wire connected throught eh surge suppressor. I think that's how all the network stuff got fried, through the phone wire. Strange the phone still works.

Next time I'm thinking that I'm going to cut off the MAIN Breaker until it clears.

My neighbor blew up his refrigerator, same as mine. His ice dispenser was spewing cubes and water all over the floor in the middle of the night.

He has also lost every TV set he brought to his house, 3 TVs and counting!

We both lost our garage door openers and we both bought the Chamberlain surge suppressor w/ the 5 year guarantee.

Seems that the grounds here stink since we're in sand. I probably need a 25 foot ground rod instead of a 10 footer.

One thing though I never have a puddle of water here for any more than a couple of hours no matter how hard it rains.
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I believe the lightning strike can still pass through the ground wire even if you flip the breaker.

We unplug to try reduce our exposure but ???

Hopefully an electrical "spurt" will comment.

Hang in there, you're only suppose to get 15 inches of rain
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We will be in Damaroscotta Me.Thats are last trip till oct. Driver,that stinks,lightning is a funny thing,it can travel a long way before it dies.
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I'll be flying back to AZ from CA on Thursday Eve., do a business presentation in Munds Park AZ on Saturday, drive back to San Juan Bautista on Sunday and take a day off on Monday. No time for BBQ's I'm sorry to say. Working hard now to be able to play hard in 2 years.
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We will be in Wells ME for the weekend.

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We will be home with our daughters visiting. We are planning on lots of fun, going to the state fair, having a lobster bake and going to a concert. It's going to be a fun family weekend.
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We will camp up at the lake where we keep a camper at a permanent site...is about 30 minutes from home. While up at the lake...will hopefully plan a beach camping trip to SC later in September.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DriVer:
I guess I'll be baby sittting Ernesto!

I hope I don't get any more severe thunderstorms! The last one just cost me a Linksys WTG54G Wireless Router, a workstation 100MB/NIC, a Utopia DSL Modem and the time to go to the store and buy all that stuff and reconfigure my network.

and "Yes" I have all that stuff connected to a large surge suppressor. Good thing that I didn't loose the entire computer workstation and my printers. Problem was that I didn't have the telco wire connected throught eh surge suppressor. I think that's how all the network stuff got fried, through the phone wire. Strange the phone still works.

Next time I'm thinking that I'm going to cut off the MAIN Breaker until it clears.

My neighbor blew up his refrigerator, same as mine. His ice dispenser was spewing cubes and water all over the floor in the middle of the night.

He has also lost every TV set he brought to his house, 3 TVs and counting!

We both lost our garage door openers and we both bought the Chamberlain surge suppressor w/ the 5 year guarantee.

Seems that the grounds here stink since we're in sand. I probably need a 25 foot ground rod instead of a 10 footer.

One thing though I never have a puddle of water here for any more than a couple of hours no matter how hard it rains. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Greetings from Tampa Bay one of the lightening capitals of the world.

Lightening many times comes back through the grounds. So your grounds may be just fine. Another thing to consider is that just one peripheral not protected will allow a conduit for a lightening strike to get you computer system. Is the Coax on the cable modem along with any phone lines going through a 2000 plus joul surge protector? Is there a printer, monitor, amplifier, vcr/dvd player connected to your system that is not surge protected? I had to borrow a length of coax for a short while so I connected the cable modem direct and bypassed the connector on the surge protector. Had a lightening strike the next day that hit the tree next to the power pole and it took out the router and a nic built into the motherboard on one pc.

I am also considering getting some lightening clamps for the main panel. Thankfully the Motorhome didn't seem to be affected although it was connected to the house power.

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We are camping at a beautiful, small RV park (Red Rock RV park) just 15 miles west of Yellowstone on Lake Henry. All the residents here will be celebrating together.
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