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On-line Again!! #32427 12/23/03 04:44 AM
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Trumpy Offline OP
If anyone was wondering where I have been, I have been wallowing in the area of No Computer Access.
My computer was taken out by a 11kV fault down the road, that meant that the Xformer short-circuited and fed 11kV down the LV wires, all of us in the same block here, lost most of our appliances and switch-boards.
I'm still arguing with the Insurance company over a few appliances, but I'm just glad to be back on line.
I lost my power supply, modem, mother-board and monitor.
What really annoys me is the fact that the Surge Diverter I installed a few years ago, only protects against Lightning and didn't trip.
The switchboard melted and I have been rewiring the house after work each day.
I realise that this may be a one-off thing (I'm hoping it is), but there should be a better way of protecting yourself against this sort of thing, don't you think?. [Linked Image]

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Re: On-line Again!! #32428 12/23/03 07:35 AM
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sparky Offline
perhaps going off grid?

sorry to hear of your troubles Trumpy, i must say though....
ya can't keep a good poster down around here, do carry on ...


Re: On-line Again!! #32429 12/23/03 10:56 AM
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Attic Rat Offline
..Trumpy, when you speak of "switchboards",are you referring to CB panels??? and if so,the breakers actually melted??...

.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"
Re: On-line Again!! #32430 12/23/03 11:15 AM
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Bill Addiss Offline

Most Happy to see You!

Sorry to hear about your troubles over there. Glad to have you back.

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Re: On-line Again!! #32431 12/23/03 12:07 PM
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pauluk Offline
Glad to have you back Trumpy -- We were wondering where you'd been!

Re: On-line Again!! #32432 12/23/03 01:05 PM
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DougW Offline
Took ya long enough [Linked Image]

What, don't you have a spare xformer in the shed out back? You could've loaned it to 'em for a few days...

Re: On-line Again!! #32433 12/23/03 01:40 PM
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:andy: Offline
Whow, sounds dangerous...
dod you take any pictures? Id be interested to see what stuff (panel ect) looks like after an 11kV strike.

Re: On-line Again!! #32434 12/23/03 05:34 PM
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Mean Gene Offline
Yea, Andy beat me to it. I was going to say if you took any pictures we would be glad to see them. [Linked Image]

Re: On-line Again!! #32435 12/24/03 08:58 AM
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circuit man Offline
hi trumpy , glad to see ya back. sorry to hear about your trouble.can't the power company be held responsible for the damages?over here we hold them responsible. we had a brown out one up cut the liights on looked like candles burning, grabed my meter to check the voltage & it was 61 volts instead of 123.a friend at works central air unit was burnt out by this. the power company paid for a new compressor & a few other things in his house. this lasted for about an hour. come to find out thata switch yard that feeds the substations had a bad transformer.

Re: On-line Again!! #32436 12/24/03 11:48 AM
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pauluk Offline
It looks as though we might be suffering some brown-outs in my area later tonight, as the voltage has been sagging a little since about 3 p.m.

Nothing too bad yet, but my line voltage has been sitting around 220V for the last half hour, and has now dropped to 217V.

OK, confess now! How many of you do exactly what I did and run for your meter when the lights start dimming and flickering a little? [Linked Image]

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