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Jason Burge
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Thanks guys. I have called my insurance agent and he is sending a claims adjuster tomorrow. I am just really bummed out! It took me five years to build up to where I was and I was very happy with this years setup. 3 ccrs , 4 16pc's, 3 ctbd's, 2 cmb's and a lot of ext. cords and lights. They died an ugly death!(and they all stink like sh** now)

Please post the insurance claim online, it would make my day to see a line item that reads "gazillion miles of extension cords"!!

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Sorry to hear this.

I have all my computer equipment connected to surge suppressors. They are supposed to protect against lightning.

What I don't understand is this -- The lightning has already jumped thousands of feet through the air, how is the circuitry in the surge suppressors going to stop it? Maybe Max or someone knowledgeable in electronics can answer this.

They usually claim on the boxes they will replace equipment up to a some high dollar figure - much more than I have connected to it. My guess is that it doesn't really stop the lightning and they are playing the percentages.

Jerry

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We had some thunderstorms today and when I got home I expected a mess but not what I saw...... My biggest tree has been hit by lightning and ALL of my Light-O-Rama, my new computer with dual monitors, and some tv's are FRIED!!! This is just devastating, I feel sick to my stomach. Of course things could have been much worse, the house is fine and I am very thankful for that. I never thought anything like this would ever happen.

Any pictures worth looking at? Just curious what a smoked LOR controller looks like.

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Surge protectors generally wont do too much for you during a lightning stike. They are more for an acutal power line surge. Get a good quality UPS. APC will warrant stuff connected to them for far greater than the items thats plugged in. Not to mention the benefit of the UPS itself. I have a UPS on every PC, server and 50" plasma.

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Surge protectors generally wont do too much for you during a lightning stike. They are more for an acutal power line surge. Get a good quality UPS. APC will warrant stuff connected to them for far greater than the items thats plugged in. Not to mention the benefit of the UPS itself. I have a UPS on every PC, server and 50" plasma.

Ok, but, I still don't undertand how a UPS will stop lightning that has already jumped thousands of feet through the air.

Jerry

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Ok, but, I still don't undertand how a UPS will stop lightning that has already jumped thousands of feet through the air.

Jerry

This might provide some info on how a TVSS (surge suppressor) works

http://tools.passand...eq=2&cur_page=4

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Here are some pictures.

ccr power supply was attached to the house.I found it hanging loke this with the cover missing.

http://i1283.photobu...zpsf7dd0197.jpg

Picture of the tree

http://i1283.photobu...zps54ff9d9f.jpg

Literally blew the bulbs out of the sockets and some of the sockets are missing completely.

http://i1283.photobu...zpsff8a2b43.jpg

Another picture of the pine tree gash.

http://i1283.photobu...zpsdc2a01eb.jpg

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Look at it this way. When we had a F4 tornado whip out everything we had we got all new stuff. Make sure you over price everything for the insurance because if you don't they will hose you. If you purchased a controller at the sale, put down regular price plus approximate shipping as your total. If you put the sale price thats the max you are going to get. Don't group everything together IE you have 6 software titles to replace, total $600. What most insurance does is split that 6 ways so so max is 100 per software. If one software is $200 and 5 are $80. They will give you $100 for the $200 software and $80 for the others. You just lost $100. They want you to group stuff so they can average. Itemize everything and over estimate.

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I am truly sorry that you lost everything. I understand your pain... I have family on Staten Island who lost literally everything, their homne washed off the foundation and carriedaway by Sandy. As long as you and your family are ok then everything will be fine. Things can be replaced , thats what insurance is for. Good luck and Happy Christmas.

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I am so, so sorry to read this - it sounds absolutely horrific to go through, and worse to come home to and to be counting up the damage etc!!

Fingers crossed your insurance can cover a huge bulk of it for you, and best of luck getting back on your feet!!!

(oh and let us know if the thumb drive still works!!!)

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That CTBD might be ok, once you replace U1 and u2. Lightning must have traveled through the com lines... those are the comm chips. But it could have toasted more too.

My father in law had his house get hit by lightning about 5 years back - we figure it hit the TV mast on the roof. He had things like this happen too - plugs shot out of outlets, but the connected appliance was fine. The ceiling upstairs under the TV mast exploded, as did a light bulb in the next room. Virtually every electronic appliance in the house was destroyed, as was the main circuit breaker panel.

Scary stuff.

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Hey Jason, sorry about your display and all. I would really consider taking that pine tree down, it's future health has been seriously damaged. Had one on our property that took a hit like that and it died in about 3 years.

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Last year, my house or something darn close was hit but it took out all my landline phones and computer printer which is also a fax(tied to the phone line)...yet all my phone lines, cable, power and so on, are all under ground. Never did find the strike location but it cost me anyway.

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