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Old 2008-08-26, 12:36 AM
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Question Whole home surge protector

I'd like to install a whole-home surge protector shortly after we move into our new home. I noticed that Home Depot has a couple of different models but I can't find any info on how to install them. Is this a DIY project or should I plan on getting a professional to install it?
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Find the company name and google it. You might be able to download the install instructions off the net...
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I think this company supplies HD with the whole home surge protector they carry.

http://www.schneider-electric.ca/www...rge_suppre.htm

This looks like it I think...

http://www.schneider-electric.ca/www...0SPDs%2006.pdf
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Note that whole home surge protectors are more for covering your appliances and such.

Things like home theatre equipment and computers should have their own dedicated surge supressors and filters located right at the outlet... and not those cheap $14 ones either.
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Note that whole home surge protectors are more for covering your appliances and such.

Things like home theatre equipment and computers should have their own dedicated surge supressors and filters located right at the outlet... and not those cheap $14 ones either.
I got a "MONSTER" surge protector for $39... never had any problems, watch TV in electrical storms, outside.
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I got a "MONSTER" surge protector for $39... never had any problems, watch TV in electrical storms, outside.
I've got a great demo for your Monster product Crank the voltage to 200V and watch it smoke.
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I've got a great demo for your Monster product Crank the voltage to 200V and watch it smoke.
how do you crank the voltage to 200V? never seen that knob.
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It's done in demonstration testing to show the effects of a surge. Most of your cheap surge suppressor just go up in smoke and still let the voltage go through.. Monster was in this category. I believe they actually fixed that 'feature' a couple of years ago.
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On the other hand, in all my life, I have never personally seen an appliance, TV, computer, etc. go up in smoke because of a surge protector failing during a storm.

Not that it doesn't happen -- of course it must happen to someone, somewhere. It's one of those things, how much are you willing to pay to insure against such a risk?

On the other hand, I have seen a wall outlet (in my childhood bedroom!) catch fire due to faulty electrical wiring. The stereo that was plugged in at the time, however, survived!
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I have 3 for my computers. 1000w and 2 x 500 w I think they are off hand.
Wouldn't want to be without them. When the power goes out the monitors are the only light in the house.
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