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Old 06-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #21
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My parents house got i guess you would call it indirectly struck. Big spruce tree at the corner of the house, electric service ran through it. Lightning struck the tree, took the top out and chased in through the electric service. Blew tv's up, the outlets at the end of the run it blew them out of the wall. Messed up alot of stuff.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:45 PM   #22
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We always use lightening rods on our new builds. The funny part is the owner builds a $50,000 chimney and wants to cut out $3,000 to $4,000 worth of lightening rods on the house.
Isn't that what insurance is for?
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Nope. The idea is to equalize the difference in static charge between the sky and the earth before it becomes large enough to arc destructively."
Isn't that what I said?


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Just how effective they are has been a matter of controversy for many years. I lean toward "Beats a blank."
If I had money burning a hole in my pocket I'd probably install one on my own house just because it kind of makes sense.:

However, I don't have lighting rod cash blowin' in the wind. So none on my house.
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I don't believe in them, but lightning protection is on a small percent of homes around here. The part I don't understand is in new construction they are running the ground cable down through the stud walls.
I have been in a barn that had lightning rods and was hit. The ground cables were exposed and just run down the posts and beams. The cables lit up like a green welding rod. I'm sure if there were any tinder touching the cable it would have lit right up.
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Isn't that what insurance is for?
My experience, with all insurance, is that it works great as long as you make your payments. When you make a claim, then it's another story.
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My experience, with all insurance, is that it works great as long as you make your payments. When you make a claim, then it's another story.
At various times I have done insurance restoration. They pay out all the time if you have legitimate claims. Some companies are WAY beter than others and it changes often because of mergers and whatnot

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