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On-line Again!! #32427
12/23/03 03:44 AM
12/23/03 03:44 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
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 06:35 AM
12/23/03 06:35 AM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,342
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 09:56 AM
12/23/03 09:56 AM
Attic Rat  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 524
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
..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 10:15 AM
12/23/03 10:15 AM
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,888

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 11:07 AM
12/23/03 11:07 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Glad to have you back Trumpy -- We were wondering where you'd been!

Re: On-line Again!! #32432
12/23/03 12:05 PM
12/23/03 12:05 PM
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
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 12:40 PM
12/23/03 12:40 PM
:andy:  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 289
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 04:34 PM
12/23/03 04:34 PM
Mean Gene  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 152
Ohio, USA
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 07:58 AM
12/24/03 07:58 AM
circuit man  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 273
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 10:48 AM
12/24/03 10:48 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
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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