<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.
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.