Hi! (or is that 'Hi !!'? <g>)
! > WIth all the messages about the defective surge protector that went up
! > in smoke, I just wanted to note that I have my computer plugged into
! > TWO of them. One is plugged into the outlet itself, then there is a
! > power strip with another one built in. In the past 3 years, I have
! > lost one motherboard, one video card, and 3 modems from lightning.
! > WHILE PLUGGED INTO THESE SURGE PROTECTORS.
! > They are a total waste of money in my opinion. The only way to
! > prevent lightning damage is to unplug stuff when you are not using it,
! > and especially when there is lightning.
True! This _is_
the best way but surges can enter the system when
there is no lightening: car hits pole, tree limb falls across power
lines, etc., etc.
Couple of things come to mind re: fries. Did a surge enter your
computer via the telephone line? The telephone lines can carry surges
just as easily as any other wire. Surge voltages would enter the
modem, frying that. If an internal modem would tend to fry
motherboards. Even an external modem possible for the surge to
continue along the serial cable into the motherboard.
If the surge protector isn't grounded properly it is useless.
Different theories: some indicate "as long as the outlet is grounded,
some say the surge protective device needs to be right at the
electrical system grounding point. (Hi Tom_W!)
! > The sellers os surge protectors are the only ones that benefit from
! > them. They benefit with riches and laughter as they laugh all the way
! > to the bank!
IMO they are welcome to some of my dollars. While the surge
protective devices I use here are not of the best quality nor
installed in a manner most efficient to deal with the impedence of the
lightening surge along my home's electrical distribution system I do
believe they are protecting me from surges.
And yes, I have disconnected the telephone lines and power plugs from
the wall outlets when there is a severe storm in the immediate area.
I don't unplug the system when the storm is a few miles away.
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