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Old 01-11-2016, 04:54 PM   #4285
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I had one instance where the dining room light was wired backwards. The hot wire went to the light while the neutral was on the switch. Imagine my surprise when I changed the light for a different fixture and shorted the hot to the box. Janet saw the flash in a room around the corner.
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Old 01-11-2016, 05:42 PM   #4286
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Hi All!

Piker, we happen to have a IKEA near my office in Charlotte. When we moved in our new house November 2014 I went there and bought a bunch of these bulbs.....

LEDARE LED bulb E26 600 lumen - IKEA

So far, they work great. Some are outside and on every night, some are in the kitchen and used mulitple times a day. Not a single failure. The price is great!

Hadn't thought about voltage variances. LED's do not like that.

Terry, is your welder etc okay. My buddy lost his very nice $2,000 plus TIG unit that way, After it happened to him, I unplug mine when not in use.

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Old 01-11-2016, 06:39 PM   #4287
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Bobby, sure do have to match the machine to the job. Gordon, that sure would light up your day! Lloyd, I haven't checked the shop completely yet, sure hope things survived my stick welder is always plugged in, compressor too except the compressor's breaker is turned off unless I'm there in the shop, saw a shop burn down once from an overheated compressor from a broken air line, that was an overnight. will be checking tomorrow. all my other equipment is unplugged always. When all this was going on I did shut down the breakers for the shop, of course it was all over by then.
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Hey Terry, sorry to hear of your electrical surge problems. Just wondered if you had whole house surge protection installed? I have the second and third phases mentioned in this best whole house surge link but not the 1st phase at the meter. And don't forget most surge protectors carry a warranty/guarantee for items attached to them. Just trying to help.
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Ken, thanks for the link very informative, and food for thought, I think I will be investing , we have had three pretty good surges in the last few years with this one being the worse, when a whole town goes "down" you know it was bad. I'm still hearing reports on the damage it cause to others, I consider myself lucky.
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Wow , the whole town , the lightning must have hit a sub station.


Yeah here we go again, winter winter winter , man , I'm so sick of that stuff.........
Living right on the coast takes the sting out of a lot of the snow storms.
Hopefully this one .
But some of them are way worse , it's actually like lake effect only the lake is the ocean !
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Wow! Terry, Sorry for your luck with the power surge!
I also had a bad experience with a power surge, the worst kind, Lightning!
I came home to a very strange thing, when I lived in Il. out in the country at my old farm house. All of the Directv odd channels were not working? And all of the phones were not working either? After some investigation, I found out what had happened, lightning had struck the hackberry tree out by the pasture, blew a 2" wide strip of bark off from the top of the tree to the base! It traveled to the fence charger, a few feet away, came into it thru the ground rod, blew it apart! Then there was a strip of burnt grass from the ground rod for the fence charger to the ground rod for the phone line for the house! The Directv receiver was plugged into the phone line also! So I got off lucky, just replaced the phones, and the receiver!
Around the same time the power co. ( Illinois Power Co. ) had a promotion for a whole house surge suppressor! The same one that is in Ken's link, the one that goes behind the meter! I jumped on it, as it was not that much money at the time, and they would add a little to your bill every month till it was paid for! As far as I know, it is still working good, and has been on the house now for 10/15 years now!
I hope the stuff in your shop is ok also! Rail!
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Good Morning, Popeye, from what I've gathered it was a tree that landed on some transformers, yup winter is certainly here but hey its like 40 days or something till spring . Rail, We will be looking into the whole house protection for sure. Gotta check out the shop equipment today. Have a Great Day All.
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Good Afternoon, 23* and light snow, checked out the shop equipment today, alls good in the shop. Today has been spent changing elec. outlets and light fixtures. Still waiting on the Plasma cutter to come in, should be ready by the time it gets here, I'm ready to get going on the Tot'r again, probley get real cold and snow and I still won't be able to .
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We'll all be keeping our fingers crossed for your shop gear.

OK , 40 days???? Till March ! I'm thinkin' probably 80-90 or more before it gets warm , at least for my old bones.

Translation for those from the south.....
"Calendar spring" may be March 21st but here, I'd say May would be a good guess most years.
I remember one year that I came back from TX on April 23rd ,,(thinking I would be "snow safe",,,,,24" of snow the next day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Terry,
Hope everything works out and you get everything changed out from your power surge. It sounds like the neural got powered up when the tree knocked into the transformer. This would explain the power going through the switch.
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Good Morning, Popeye, yup I too remember many Marches when we had snow and cold but it can't last at that point, I hope. Frank, Everything is swapped out and put back together, electric co. swapped my meter out last night, nice of them, they want to make sure it works properly. This is a pic out my door this morning. 13* and snow flurries.
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Almost like home... We have 6 here this morning, and plenty of new snow on the ground... which I don't care for much at all.

I'm ready for spring... 2 weeks of winter is all I can handle.

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Piker, I completely agree!!
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