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Post 1 made on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 07:52
thecapnredfish
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Went to a customers house yesterday. Some areas allow wires to be stabbed into back of outlets. This guy got hit by lightning and it blew wires out of the stab in connectors on back of outlets. Wild. Checking mine as itís been years since I looked so I donít recall.
Post 2 made on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 08:33
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If there was that much of a surge on the house I think the fact that the wire disconnected from the receptacle is the least of their concerns.

As an electrical contractor, using the push in connectors is a last resort (if you need 3 wires on one side of the receptacle). That is the lazy way to work and a pain if needing to replace the receptacle or going a renovation and trying to remove devices.
You can't fix stupid
Post 3 made on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 08:39
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On August 13, 2019 at 08:33, SWOInstaller said...
If there was that much of a surge on the house I think the fact that the wire disconnected from the receptacle is the least of their concerns.

As an electrical contractor, using the push in connectors is a last resort (if you need 3 wires on one side of the receptacle). That is the lazy way to work and a pain if needing to replace the receptacle or going a renovation and trying to remove devices.

I've always thought it was the lazy mans way of doing it as well.
Post 4 made on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 10:02
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On August 13, 2019 at 08:39, Ranger Home said...
I've always thought it was the lazy mans way of doing it as well.

I'm sure it was supposed to increase productivity.
My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
OP | Post 5 made on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 14:12
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Yes he lost lots of things. Including bricks. Only hurt one TV. Other day I went to one where lightning had hit a palm tree next to house. Followed the low voltage lighting. Blew GFCI outlet off the house and lost one TV. Poor guy 4 houses down lost house. Lightning got the gas water heater.
Post 6 made on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 17:17
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I was just hit for the third time. Cut down the large sweet gum trees next to my house after two strikes....nooooo....it hits the tallest pine in my front yard(second on the list for holding large amounts of water). It has done some weird stuff. I have worked on several large projects that were hit. Crazy stuff.
Drinking upstream from the herd since 1960
Post 7 made on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 09:49
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Just went through this lightning strike thing.

Hit a big oak tree in the yard, found a way into the house via a buried electrical line that goes to the well house, and also came in through the DTV dish.

Several circuit breakers were tripped, the sat dish LNB, power supply, and sat receiver were hit. It actually burned the end off of the coax going into the sat receiver.

Traveled through and killed a 4x4 matrix, and out to one of the TV's where it took out the HDMI board, yet didn't bother the three other TV's at all, nor the BluRay.

Charging base for one of many MX 980's was done in, while the others were fine.

Little alarm clock fried, but a tabletop URC dimmer sitting inches away was not.




It's just strange what happens, and what doesn't, during a lightning strike.
Post 8 made on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 12:01
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On August 13, 2019 at 08:39, Ranger Home said...
I've always thought it was the lazy mans way of doing it as well.

While doing my electrical apprenticeship I was told they would find my body in the river if the JM ever caught me using those terminations.


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