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by 03Lightningrocks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:39 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

philip964 wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:58 pm
When I was a teen, I was in the garage leaning on the garage door metal door track. A big storm was approaching, when lightening hit the house across the street. It shocked me pretty good. I was at least 300 ft from where the lightening hit.
This explains a lot. :biggrinjester:
by 03Lightningrocks
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:07 pm
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

puma guy wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:10 pm
Update: Cable guy is here. Found junction on main line fried. Switched our whip to a new port. (luckily the whip wasn't fried) Replacing all three cable boxes and the internet Modem/router. The HDMI connection on the den TV we used for cable was fried, so cable guy disconnected the DVD and use that HDMI port for the cable box. That's not a problem. 50" TV in B/R is fried, but gets a new box that I'll have to set up when I get a new TV. TV in guest B/R OK and gets a new box. Disposal fried, cordless phone base fried, ceiling fan in our B/R only runs on high speed and the remote will not turn it off or alter speed. All other electrical devices working, the fire place damper still functions and all unused outlets will be double sealed with festive colored electrical tape and silver duct/duck tape.

EDITED to add: My deductible is more than the replacement cost of the damaged items.
I have had the same issue on several claims. The first fifteen years I owned my home the deductible was 1000 dollars. Then it became impossible to find insurance with a deductible like this. Now my deductible is 2% of my home value. I would darn near have to be hit by a tornado to ever use my insurance. That is what happens when the whole neighborhood replaces their shingles every time we have a hail storm. I have neighbors who used insurance to replace shingles that were already damaged before the storm but roofing companies were more than happy to run a scam to get roofing work. In the end we all pay for the folks who "get over" on the insurance companies.
by 03Lightningrocks
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:16 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

Lightning does not even have to hit your house to destroy appliances and TV sets. It can hit anywhere close and take out your stuff.
by 03Lightningrocks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:24 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

NotRPB wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:18 pm
puma guy wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:52 am
AndyC wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:33 am
Electricity to me is witchcraft :)
It's like plumbing for amps and volts! :lol:
EXACTLY
I wouldn't suggest anything beyond a person's skill level, that could be dangerous.
I suspect you have an electrical leak and need to put duct tape over all outlets that are unused so the electricity stops leaking out.
Leaky electrical probably violates Ohm's Law, and if so, could be an impeachable offense.
:biggrinjester:
:smilelol5: :smilelol5: :smilelol5:

That was funny.
by 03Lightningrocks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:11 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

cirus wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:42 pm
Mel wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:38 pm
cirus wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:32 pm
Mel wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:21 pm
I'm just talking about the gfci not the possible lightning or surge problem. If a gfci outlet trips and something goes out other than that what is required to be protected by it then it is wired incorrectly. Is it dangerous? No but it's a nuisance.
Sometimes this is done intentionally as an alert that the GFCI has tripped.
I'll just going by 30 years in the electrical field and the NEC. The gfci has a light on it that shows red when it's tripped.
But this indicator light is usually in the bathroom or laundry room. If you have a light in another room, you might notice it sooner.
I've not done this myself, but I've seen it done.
[/quote]Yeah I've seen all kinds of weird stuff done.
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The point is that it has nothing to do with what is happening as described by the OP. LOL... the OP has suffered a lightning damage loss. Any damaged appliances are usually covered by ones home owners insurance.
by 03Lightningrocks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:46 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

cirus wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:41 pm
ELB wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:35 pm
RPBrown wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:28 pm
Cheapsk8 wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:17 pm
Check all your gfci outlets and see if any of them are tripped
:iagree:
Last months gfi in my master bathroom tripped and it affected 2 outlets in living room, 1 in master bedroom and light/ceiling fan in master bedroom. All of this but light and exhaust fan in bathroom still worked
Yup, BTDT.
If your capable take the gfci out and have a look. If there is a wire on the " load " side take it out and place it on the " line " side with the other romex. Nothing should be on the load side of the gfci except what needs protecting.
If something were wired incorrectly, the problem would have been there all along.
by 03Lightningrocks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:49 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

03Lightningrocks wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:40 pm
I have seen this kind of thing happen many times. We are always involved because often the lightning strike will take out circuit boards in the heat and/or the outdoor unit of the HVAC system. Most of the time folks will have electrical appliances knocked out as well. Sometimes it will be just one TV out of three or random light fixtures. Anything with a circuit board is particularly vulnerable. It sounds to me like you either had a close by lightning strike or maybe even a direct hit. But it does sound like lightning damage. Your homeowners should cover almost all affected appliances.
Mel wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:46 pm
Mother Nature doesn't follow electrical "rules". We had a lightning strike about 35 years ago and many weird things happened. One ceiling fan had "high" only. One cordless phone would work but could not dial out. One VCR, blown fuse. One TV, horizontal output diode blown. Yard lights would not turn off. Weather station wiped out completely. Air compressor switch welded in "on" position. None of these were on a common circuit.
Yep. This is exactly what I was speaking of. There is no pattern to it. Just dumb luck.
by 03Lightningrocks
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:40 pm
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Topic: Weird electrical issues at my home!
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Views: 2720

Re: Weird electrical issues at my home!

I have seen this kind of thing happen many times. We are always involved because often the lightning strike will take out circuit boards in the heat and/or the outdoor unit of the HVAC system. Most of the time folks will have electrical appliances knocked out as well. Sometimes it will be just one TV out of three or random light fixtures. Anything with a circuit board is particularly vulnerable. It sounds to me like you either had a close by lightning strike or maybe even a direct hit. But it does sound like lightning damage. Your homeowners should cover almost all affected appliances.

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