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Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 91, Issue 84 SURGE Protection Sprc

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 91, Issue 84 SURGE Protection Sprcial
From: Mike Fatchett <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:10:10 -0600
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I put a similar device on my meter here in Montana.  I was losing 
electronics fairly regularly, mostly cheap cordless phones.  No problems 
since and there is a guarantee with coverage limits.

I think I was charged a flat fee for the device of around $120.00.  Why 
pay for a monthly fee.  That seems shady to me. Call your power company 
and ask them what they recommend.  The power company will probably want 
to install it since they get touchy about people messing with the meters.

On 7/29/2010 11:09 AM, jimlux wrote:
> wrote:
>> Today I received by mail a special from my Home Owner Insurance Company
>> offering a Meter Based Surge Protector. It installs behind the electric 
>> meter.
>>   Its installed for the special price of $22.48 by my local power company.
>> Then  its $5.95 per month. It did not mention any kind of insurance discount
>> to have  the device. Is this gonna really help ? Any thoughts appreciated.
> In general, the service entrance is a good place to put the device. It's
> close to the grounding point, it's where the impulse is coming from, etc.
> $6/month is hard to evaluate.. Service Entrance type devices designed
> for outdoor installation, etc. run several hundred dollars for decent
> ones, plus the cost of the electrician (and building permit if required)
> to install it (unless you do it yourself).
> Do they give a make and model for the device, then we can comment more
> intelligently about what it's performance might be?  (and get a feel for
> the price, too)
> Do they give you some sort of downstream insurance coverage? (i.e. like
> the "$50k coverage for anything plugged into this on-sale $6 Belkin plug
> strip")
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