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08-28-2013 01:42 PM  5 years agoPost 1
kheinink

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about 10 feet from where I keep my helis, took out 70 % of the electronics in house, what should I look for while inspecting my helis and support equipment?

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08-28-2013 02:04 PM  5 years agoPost 2
cudaboy_71

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i'm not an electrician, but I'd think if it wasn't plugged in, your stuff would be pretty well isolated.

i'd be concerned about a charger power supply if that had been plugged in; your TX if it was on a wall wart, etc.

other than that, if it looks fine power it up and see if it works. I'd think if it powers up at all you're fine.

just curious---of the 70% of electronics it did take out, were any NOT plugged in?

if it ain't broke, break it.

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08-28-2013 02:13 PM  5 years agoPost 3
kheinink

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everything on surge protecters got fried, things that wernt survived, explain that, weird

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08-28-2013 02:32 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Pistol Pete

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When it comes to surge protection, TRIPP-LITE is the top choice.

Here the electric company peddles surge arrestors for the whole house installed at the electrical box. I believe we are #2 in electrical storms while you guys are holding onto 1st place.

As for what to check for, if it turns on, chances are its ok. First line of defense in any decently designed electronic circuitry is a fuse.

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08-28-2013 02:53 PM  5 years agoPost 5
kheinink

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does a desktop computer tower have a fuse I could replace and a 42 inch flat screen have something that could be fixed? neither will power up

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08-28-2013 03:10 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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Hope you can get those things back in working order. haven't heard from you in awhile! how have you been?

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08-28-2013 03:14 PM  5 years agoPost 7
bikersurgeon

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Do you have homeowners/ renters insurance?

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08-28-2013 03:18 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Pistol Pete

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pc...fuse inside the power supply...easy fix or replace.

tv...ditto and or the capacitors

I would not open the tv unless you know what you are looking at as these carry high voltage transistors that will jump start a truck....sort of speaking.

Anything you replace a fuse to and it pops again, means it took other components with it and requires a schematic to troubleshoot properly...such as SAMS photofact manuals.

Best of luck!

Edit:
Check house ground rod and clamp.

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08-28-2013 03:32 PM  5 years agoPost 9
RCHSF

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Most flat screen tv's have a hard mounted fuse, it's very tiny. 1/16" square, maybe 1/8. You would have to get your tv model, and type that into google followed by fuse, maybe some one has posted showing where it's located.

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08-28-2013 04:00 PM  5 years agoPost 10
kheinink

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mr dan im doin good thx and yes I have ins,thx for the info guys

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08-28-2013 04:21 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Rudy

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Lighting strikes tend to take out power supply's.

On computers it's easy to replace the power supply.

On TV's it's a little harder. On the TV power supply you will have to open the back of the TV and find the power supply board. On the PS board there will be several large cap's. You need to look for blown caps, the top will be expanded out. It may be hard to tell a blown cap from a good cap.

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08-28-2013 04:38 PM  5 years agoPost 12
kheinink

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cool going to autopsy it after work

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08-28-2013 06:19 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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I would not open the tv unless you know what you are looking at as these carry high voltage transistors that will jump start a truck....sort of speaking.
Just curious. Do flat screens have these high voltage components like the old days tube TVs?

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08-28-2013 06:51 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Rudy

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Just curious. Do flat screens have these high voltage components like the old days tube TVs?
On CRT type tv's what you had to be careful of was the wire coming out of the picture tube. That could zap the crap out of you.

New TV's all run on much lower voltage once you get away from the power supply.

Transistors are nothing more then a type of switch that can amplify power. They will not shock you if the power is off. Capacitors are what stores power and they will hold power once the tv is turned off. But they tend to discharge in a short time.

I'm not a TV repair person, but I have repaired a few of the new Samsung flat panel TV's. They have a VERY common problem where the caps in the power supply go bad and over time the TV will take longer and longer to turn on. Then one day it will not turn on at all. You replace three caps and every thing is good again. This is such a common problem that the caps are hard to find even mail order.

Remember goggle is your friend. Goggle your tv brand and model/ power supply and throw in the word lighting. You're not the first to have this problem, there may well be comments on forums or even photos and instructions. You wont know till you goggle.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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08-28-2013 07:55 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Bouchah

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Surge supressors are not a life long insurance policy for your electronics. In fact, that is the problem with surge protectors, as they take small hits, surges, their effectiveness is worn down. If your surge protectors have been in service for any length of time it is possible that they were on their last leg and then the storm took them + other equipment out. Its possible the equipment you had on the supressors was more sensitive which would make sense, thats why that is what was damaged.

http://www.nmsu.edu/safety/programs...e_unit_info.htm

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08-28-2013 08:42 PM  5 years agoPost 16
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My flat screen just started doing this green screen look where everthing had a bad green tint to it,
I thought the TV was bad and was planning buying a brand new one, happened to Google it, saw a quick fix on line and 15 minutes later my TV was working perfectly again!

Google is your friend when it comes to stuff like this!

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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08-29-2013 02:56 PM  5 years agoPost 17
kheinink

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found a burned up power board in tv 3 or 4 burned spots plus 2 of the big caps domed and black, im thinkin new board but its out of stock everywhere, hmmmm oh and new power supply did not fix problem in computer, this sucks

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08-29-2013 03:07 PM  5 years agoPost 18
GyroFreak

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everything on surge protecters got fried, things that wernt survived, explain that, weird
A direct hit or a very close hit can have so much energy that a surge protector is toast itself. I have seen a 1 inch hole burned thru sheet metal where a lightning strike occurred.
Surge protectors do help, but not when it is direct or very close.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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08-29-2013 05:47 PM  5 years agoPost 19
qraptor

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Yup.
Had a close strike not too long ago. Took out a computer, a touch screen computer's power supply (easily replaced) and a router, all on surge suppressors. Lost a telephone answering machine and several cordless phones, etc.

One electronic wall timer switch was toast, but another, more expensive one adjacent to it that was a dimmer was perfectly fine. It was very annoying, but not too expensive to replace; the computer was very old anyway.

But as mentioned earlier, I assumed all the surge suppressors in the house were done for, and have had them all replaced. Some people even recommend replacing surge suppressors regularly, because of the MOVs deteriorating as they absorb smaller hits over time.

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08-29-2013 06:02 PM  5 years agoPost 20
Simmer

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Some/ many surge suppressors have a warranty that will replace your broken electronics. Under 100 bucks closer to 70. The 50 or 40 and under seem to be a bad choice IMHO

details of an APC protector at $49.00
Marketing Information: 180 degree Rotating Cord Retainer , Adjustable Cable Management , Building wiring fault indicator , Catastrophic Event Protection , Fail Safe Mode , Noise Filtering , Overload Indicator , Phone Line Splitter , Protection Working Indicator , Receptacle Shock Safety Shutters , Resettable circuit

Catastrophic Event Protection

I am sure there are some gotchas, but if your powering an expensive server, you can get some peace of mind knowing "some" will reimburse you for the damages it did not protect against.

As for them weakening over time. Yes and No.
Like a circuit breaker, each time it "breaks" due to too high a load, it does indeed weaken it a little. Many resets of a same breaker is a sign you should replace it. Same would probably hold true to a surge suppressor. (depends on why it opened in the first place)

Might not always be true, but I believe you get what you pay for here. if its a 100.00 surge suppressor, I suspect it has 50.00 bundled into it for an insurance policy the company redeemed for your loss. Also might be certain places of the country where this may void the warranty.

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