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#25183 - 04/30/03 10:34 AM Air terminals
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What are air terminals as they relate to lightning protection? I've never worked with air terminals or even seen them before.

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#25184 - 04/30/03 11:41 AM Re: Air terminals
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An air terminal is the rod that stands on top of the roof/parapet/equipment/etc.
You might know it as a lightning rod.

See NFPA 780
In a NFPA compliant system you will find many of these at the roof/etc.

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#25185 - 04/30/03 01:27 PM Re: Air terminals
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Air terminals are the little pokey things that point upwards.

   

http://www.harger.com/catalog2002/2_2_1.pdf



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#25186 - 04/30/03 01:30 PM Re: Air terminals
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Thank you Ron.

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#25187 - 04/30/03 11:41 PM Re: Air terminals
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Bjarney,
Thats a pretty "graphic" warning sign you've got there, I can just feel the pain, looking at the sign!.

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#25188 - 05/01/03 08:21 AM Re: Air terminals
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Bjarney-

Thank you for graphic and text.

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#25189 - 05/01/03 10:24 AM Re: Air terminals
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There new air terminals available that have a "mushroom" type head to eliminate the impalement hazard. I didn't see them in the catalog that BJ linked to, but I know that that company has them because the first time I saw them was at their booth at a trade show.
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#25190 - 05/01/03 12:34 PM Re: Air terminals
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Don,
How about this one? http://www.harger.com/catalog2002/2_2_5.pdf
This is the one I currently spec.
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#25191 - 05/01/03 12:54 PM Re: Air terminals
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Ron,
The one I was thinking about was a mushroom shape, but that one will also prevent the problem.
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#25192 - 05/01/03 02:55 PM Re: Air terminals
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I thought the reason a lighting rod comes to a point is becaue it seems to "attract" the lightning bolt better?

If this is true (I don't know), wouldn't this make a blunted rod less effective?

If it doesn't matter....why make the tips so sharp?

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