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songhiker

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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2007 7:45:06 AM

Do you watch television?? or go on the Computer during a thunder storm?
What else would you say not to do ?

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pgriff1
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2007 10:06:46 PM

The TV is about 8 ft. away.
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Sewcrate
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2007 9:55:40 PM

no. And don't use the phone.
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kducks
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2007 9:37:05 PM

Well olefin ours didn't do the job. I was home whent he power wnet out, I think a transformer had been hit by a car in our neighborhood. Right after the power was surged on from the power company, smoke was coming out of my computer with a burning smell. My motherbood was destroyed, even with it attached to a surge protector. It is not always the case I understand but from what I hear from others with similar situations, I will never trust a surge protector again.
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olefin
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2007 9:15:04 PM

kducks,
Not always but sometimes, the people that work in stores know about the same as the guy on the street.

I use APS (American Power Conversion) surge protectors. They have $20,000 warranty to cover lighting burn out if the surge protector fails.
Even the little cheap ones will work sometimes.. see my post on the cheap one that saved my TV when lighting hit our power transformer. After that, surge protectors made a believer out of me.
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bigdaddyII
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 6:37:46 PM

A thunderstorm dosent stop me from doing anything unless it causes the power to go out. Have yet to experiance a problem because of it.
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jaffacan
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 6:16:51 PM

yes - and if severe, in the basement
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kducks
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 12:16:06 PM

olefin~

Don't remember the name of the surge protector, but they same thing happened with our neighbors and their surge protector. The guy at the computer store admitted it didn't matter what kind of surge protector you get, even the expensive ones didn't protect you completely from power surges.
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LonghornBubba
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 12:04:48 PM

yes
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TadeuszK
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 11:01:21 AM

Computer, modem, get unplugged at the first sound of thunder.
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GeorgeNews
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 6:47:51 AM

If it is a close storm, I will shut the TV down.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 6:39:06 AM

YES
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 5:37:15 AM

yes
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stevieyz19
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2007 2:56:16 AM

Always.
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buttonsgirl
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 10:16:43 PM

We always have the tv on, computer depends on how bad the storm is. All of our electronic items are on surge protectors. Lucily, we have never had any problems.
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zaire67
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 8:16:59 PM

Yes, all the time. I have UPS on all my sensitive equipment.
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Oddball6
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 5:41:29 PM

Why not??

Two words: Homeowner's insurance.
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olefin
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 4:38:33 PM

kducks,
May I ask what was the name brand of the surge protector you said didn't work?
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kducks
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 4:29:05 PM

We don't have that many thunderstorms out here but yes I watch TV. If there is a lighting storm I unplug everthing because surge protectors don't work and we learned that the hard way with a fried motherboard. Oh and a little FYI a surge can fry your refridgerator too, it blew out our thermastat last time. Unplugging everything when you lose power is the only way to protect them when the power surges back on.
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Wenchly
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 4:06:34 PM

No computer, tv, phone, water
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sunlover88
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2007 12:08:25 PM

Ha.. we have a "dish"..tend to lose the signal with a bad storm
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hotwheeler
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2007 10:09:09 AM

yes
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olefin
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2007 9:32:09 AM

Yes, for I watch TV for I have a surge protector. Also have surge protection on the computer but I don't use it doing a storm or talk on a wired phone. Surge protectors do work. I once had a very cheap one on a TV, the lighting took out everything in the house that had a wire except that one TV... it blew that little surge protector all over the room.
I now use APC surge protectors on everything in the house.

Not safe to talk on a phone when lighting near by. Unless the phone is unattached portable. Lighting can travel a tiny wire.. it happen in our neighborhood. It followed the small tracer wire on a plastic gas line in a the ditch with a plastic water line... both lines were blown from the ground.

I've seen the damage lighting can do, a couple times from personal experience. Never take a chance with lighting.
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ShiftySidney
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2007 8:30:29 AM

I have a surge protecter so yes I do.
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CGrover
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2007 7:10:43 AM

Sure, if it comes in. Talk on the phone too.
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LonghornBubba
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2007 7:08:45 AM

yes to all
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docputer
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2007 12:17:45 AM


Yes and yes.

Don't NOT have an APC surge protector.
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owt
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2007 6:02:25 AM

yes
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oldtrout03
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2007 5:51:51 AM

yes.....
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Slyguy1060
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2007 4:20:09 AM

yes
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baan268
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2007 2:59:03 AM

Yes did when we had the flood yesterday
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2007 12:07:34 AM

We're in a huge thunderstorm right now. I am watching tv and, believe it or not, I am using a computer.
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jd808080
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 10:52:46 PM

TV sometimes, computer, no.
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VFTAngels
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 8:42:19 AM

SOMETIMES....IF I FALL ASLEEP WITH THE TV ON...IF I WAKE UP I WILL MOST LIKELY TURN IT OFF...LIKE LAST NIGHT...THE POWER KEPT ON GOING OFF AND ON.
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katl
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 8:22:17 AM

yes
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KATZ4
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 8:21:18 AM

yes
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pstrom
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 8:07:46 AM

Sure, why not.
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 6:58:39 AM

Things I do during a thunder storm:
Watch tv? yes.
Use the computer? yes.
Take a shower? Never!
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SRCW1
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 4:42:09 AM

Yep, we run it all until it goes off.
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2007 3:27:25 AM

My cousin was up late one night, couldn't sleep during a storm. Lightning struck a tree in the yard next door. Current ran to the ground, hit a cable, into the house, burned out computer, tvs, vcrs, microwave, washer, dryer, stove, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, blender, toaster, blew out a bunch of light bulbs, burned out wall switches, and the breaker box, not to mention frying electrical and tv cables in the walls.
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wildcat659
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 11:12:18 PM

I watch the donder und blitzen whilst the TV is on. Is that the same?
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picman 99
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 10:21:24 PM

Sure do
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DragonsMistress
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 10:20:17 PM

Yep until power is lost
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bam15
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 9:46:18 PM

Watch tv until satellite goes out.
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TNFuelsaver
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 9:42:33 PM

sure do use great surge protectors
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SLH
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 8:41:36 PM

Yeah, unless it is storming REAL BAD!
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jscdig
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 6:26:53 PM

If it's off in the distance, I don't worry too much. If it's on us, then yes, everything gets shut off and unplugged. All the TVs, computer, VCRs, DVD players, micro-wave, organ, Air conditioners, etc. Pain in the neck to re-set everything, but ever since we had a tree and my son's truck get hit by lightning 10' away from the house, we're doubly careful to shut everything off.
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design_guy06
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:57:00 PM

Sometimes. If it's really bad then I'll turn it off.
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aowjrop
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 4:06:56 PM

songhiker.
I've had EE's tell me that if the elec. distribution line take a lightning hit between my place and the transformer that serves my area then any electrical device plugged in will probably be toast. Unless you have a commercial grade surge protector in (or closely attached to) your breaker/fuser box, that little 1500 joules surge proctector/power strip will be squat (just like anything you have plugged into it) if it isn't disconnect. :)
After learning that I always unplug the computer & peripherals.
I don't watch TV that much so I've not experienced a TS while watching TV.
If the TS is severe then I'll turn on the battery radio until it moves on.
Otherwise, I sit outside on the porch and watch the light show.
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BossaRin
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 4:02:21 PM

If the storm seems close I will unplug stuff and only the cordless/cell phone.
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papaalex
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2007 3:37:24 PM

no i dont, it does not matter..
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