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Six new surge protectors later..


Six new surge protectors later… three of them with an electrical smell and noticable sooty marks on them.  


PG&E came out today and replaced the line.  I went to the store and bought 6 new surge protectors to replace the ones that ended up protecting two computers, two tvs and numerous stuff in the house.



2 comments ↓

  • #   Bill V on 05.15.11 at 9:35 am     

    Glad to hear all is well. The company I work for is in the process of recovering from a fire that happened 2 weeks ago. Our sales office was gutted. I had to replace 6 PC’s almost overnight to get our sales team working again. All but 3 of my UPS’s survived. The 3 that didn’t suffered water damage. Looking forward to getting this mess behind me. Luckily no servers were affected.


  • #   Joe Raby on 05.16.11 at 12:00 am     

    If you buy surge protectors and they don’t a) have a lifetime warranty, and b) have lifetime insurance to back up any claims of protecting your equipment, you might as well just buy any old, ungrounded extension cord. A good surge protector, like an APC P7T, should cost less than $20 apiece. APC also makes whole-home surge protection for about $300 too, and it installs at your main breaker box (must be installed by a professional electrician). If anything goes wrong with their device, they just courier out a new one for next-day delivery and give you a prepaid shipping label to ship the old one back – no questions asked. For insurance claims, they’ll send a long claim document with the replacement. I have never known anyone that has NOT been paid out by APC’s insurance coverage either, even for those people where lightning had directly struck their house (I know a few people where this has happened).