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Re: [TowerTalk] whole house surge protectors

To: Jim Lux <>, Kim Elmore <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] whole house surge protectors
From: Tom Anderson <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:42:08 -0700 (PDT)
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Jim, et. al:

In a related matter about 35+ years ago my XYL Cheryl
(WY5H) and I were invited for a "free dinner" at one
of our neighbors' homes for a "demonstration" on some
kind of power "smoothing" device that supposedly fit
kind of like a whole house surge protector, but they
didn't call them that then.  This was one of those
things like the "waterless" cookware parties we've all
and I'm sure lots of TT members have been invited to. 

Anyway the salesman of this "device" claimed rather
wildly it would 1. level out and "smooth" the voltage
coming into your house (i.e. no spikes or brownouts)
and 2. actually "lower" electric bills.  Since I was a
naturally suspicious and wary newspaper reporter at
the time I kept asking some technical questions and
for some data sheets that the salesman mysterious
couldn't provide nor could he answer any of my
questions, but he could provide a sales contract if we
wanted to sign up then. 

To say the least we passed on this "great deal" the
salesman kept talking about hi hi.

73 de Tom, WW5L


--- Jim Lux <> wrote:

> Kim Elmore wrote:
> > Can someone explain how these whole-house surge
> suppressors are 
> > installed? I've looked at illustrations of several
> and, benighted as 
> > I am, I don't see how they are installed.
> > 
> > Kim Elmore N5OP 
> > 
> They're installed at your service entrance (main
> breaker).. 3 wires, 1 
> to each hot, 1 to the neutral/ground (since at the
> service entrance, 
> neutral and ground are bonded together)..
> Formfactor wise.. there's two popular styles.. one
> is a blob that sits 
> inside the box (which would be a tight fit in most
> residential 
> installations that hadn't left room for it) and the
> other is a small box 
> that has  1/2" conduit nipple sticking out that you
> install hanging off 
> the side of the box.  If you slog through the
> Eaton/Cutler Hammer 
> website and look at the "Advanced accessories" or
> something like that, 
> there's a pretty good brochure.
> I suspect there's other form factors, but those are
> the two I've seen.
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