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It's only going to fry stuff on the shortest path(s) to ground and from one ground to another. The best protection is to tie all of your grounds together with large gauge wire, preferable outside your house and have as many grounds as possible. But that is kinda hard to do...
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wuench Wrote:It's only going to fry stuff on the shortest path(s) to ground and from one ground to another. The best protection is to tie all of your grounds together with large gauge wire, preferable outside your house and have as many grounds as possible. But that is kinda hard to do...

Hard to do unless your house is framed using steel....:-) Then the entire frame is a path to ground.

In Ben's case of an indirect hit, structures framed with Cold-Formed Steel generally fare better than those framed out of lumber since the entire structure is in essence 'grounded'. That said, many (if not most) lightning strikes are direct hits to power poles or other electrical 'structures' which will apply all that excess voltage directly into the electrical system (high voltage or low voltage, etc.).
Keith
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Yeah, ICK was the feeling, actually after the initial shock (sorry) and worry about safety of kids, pets, fire threat was the gut dropping feeling of Oh Sh*T when did I last back up my photos on media other than a different computer in the house. My wife and I were at Girl Scout camp where we are ropes course instructors when the call came in from my son that the house had been hit by lightning. I was very fortunate that more of the house wiring wasn't damaged

As a final chapter to this story, our insurance company Metropolitan was first rate in working with us and getting everything replaced. (other than being required to take 10 computers into BestBuy to have the GeekSquad certify that they were indeed dead, PITA)

My vote is for an underground home powered by Mr. Fusion (what movie?) in a hill high above the waterline.

-Ben
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batwater Wrote:My vote is for an underground home powered by Mr. Fusion (what movie?) in a hill high above the waterline.

-Ben

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