On Fri, 07 Nov 2003 07:15:39 -0500, Pete Smith wrote:
> Our local power company offers a surge suppressor for the whole house that
> is installed in a cylindrical housing between the meter and the
> house. They lease it to you for about $3.50 as month, and I figured at
> that rate I'll be long gone by the time it comes up tom the cost of a
> suppressor installed at the panel (including the electrician's
> wages). Worth checking to see if your power company offers the same deal.
I haven't been monitoring this thread, so I don't know if this has
been brought up before or not. You can buy whole house protectors
at your local electrical supply for $35. It is a three wire device
that goes across the whole line, 120-0-120, and clamps around 175V.
I've used these since the early 70s. One brand is Joslyn (Z2 175
0A). The 4-wire 208 3-phase version, for those who have a real
bunker amp, is Z3 175 0A.
They now have a visual indicator to let you know when it is time to
replace it because it has absorbed its quota. Back in the old days,
the GE version cost $12.50 before the marketing department decided
they were worth several times that.
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