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Ultimate Surge Protection
Kinda late, but here are some things I have figured out.
Nothing, but nothing will protect against a very close lightening strike. It will arc over open contacts, jump grounds, cause havoc.
Having said that, what you want to do is protect your equipment from voltage surges, spikes, and dropouts. Then you want to try and stop damage with in the house.
Here's what I recommend:
At the computer: a good UPS, as large as you can afford, with connection between UPS and computer via USB ports and software installed to shut down the computer. The argument is still out as to true sine wave versus pseudo-sine wave...it does not seem to matter.
All other electronics: TVs, stereo, sewing machines, etc. Use a really good surge protector strip. The more joules it can adsorb, the better. Some strips will also throw an internal breaker with large surges/spikes.
At the power 'head', where the meter comes in: a good whole house surge arrestor, to try to protect as well as possible surges coming in from the power line.
Not sure: additional surge protector on the panel.
The more rural your location, the more likely you will have surges/spikes, and dropouts. For safety's sake, the power company runs the hot feeder line on the top of the pole. The ground wire is below the feeder line. Each pole has a ground wire running down it to the bottom of the pole. Lightening will almost always hit the top, hot feeder wire. A huge surge will up and down the line until it is adsorbed and dispersed by various devices on the power lines. Thus thunderstorms and lightening are really problems for your household circuits.
The best thing is to unplug equipment when possible. This is often not possible.
Surge arrestors and protectors are the next best protection.
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