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[DPRG] Blast from the past - OT and Lightning?

Subject: [DPRG] Blast from the past - OT and Lightning?
From: McQuay, Michael Michael.McQuay at wcg.com
Date: Tue Jul 10 09:56:40 CDT 2001

We just got nailed by lightning two weeks ago.  Went to the powerline where
it enters the house.  Blew a 4" hole in the eaves, blew off a bunch of
siding and some trim boards, blew the pole transformer (had to be replaced),
blew my ISDN line, blew my modem (backup for when ISDN's down), blew the
front off a breaker (pieces we laying in the bottom of the breaker box),
arced from the coils on the back of the refrigerator to the copper water
line carrying water to the ice maker, putting a hole in it and soaking the
living room carpet.

Fun stuff.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Ed Okerson [mailto:eokerson at fw.telenic.net]
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 6:23 PM
To: Karim Virani
Cc: 'Dallas Personal Robotics Group'
Subject: Re: [DPRG] Blast from the past - OT and Lightning?

> Try a surge protector?  The grid is fairly well inured against nearby
> strikes.  Lightning wants to go to ground really badly, so the electrical
> effect tends to be very local. And chances are that if you're on a circuit
> that gets hit directly, you're fried anyway.  My grandmother's house was
> struck by lighting.  It found one circuit and followed it to ground.  The
> wall was scorched where the wires ran, and all of the devices on that
> circuit were smoked - including a surge protector.  The other circuits in
> the house were barely affected, and almost all of the devices on them
> survived.  None of the neighbors had problems - there wasn't even a
> brown-out.  I don't know if this one experience is typical.

It is very typical, my house was recently hit.  The lightning hit the
satellite dish and came in the house on the coax cable.  It smoked the
receiver, as well as the surge suppressor it was plugged into.  It then took
out a computer that was plugged into the same surge suppressor, and then
followed the network cable around and blew out every network card it was
connected to (old thin-net coax ethernet) until it found a machine with a
telephone connection where it took out a couple of cordless phones and a key
system.  However it did not get anything else on a separate breaker.  It did
trip the breaker the satellite receiver was on.

Ed Okerson

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