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Thread: Do you use surge protectors?

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    There are whole house surge protectors available that install before the main breaker in the panel. Talk to your electrician. When we put ours on a few years ago it only cost $125 plus installation. Still use individual protectors on the TV, Bernie and my cordless phones. Like to turn everything off when not in use to keep the demand meter under control. Also unplug everything during a thunderstorm, learned the hard way a few years back.

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    I have my desktop on a surge protector but my machines stay unplugged when not in use.

    When the weather is bad I unplug my desktop too.

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    I have surge protectors on many things, but mostly so I can put a couple plugs into one thing, then when I go to the wall to pull the plug, I get many appliances taken care of at once. Near the sewing machine, I have one so I don't have to climb under the table to unplug anything. I try to remember to unplug, but don't always. My friend just lost the board in her big fancy clothes dryer (which of course went off warranty 2 month ago). I guess a whole house protector would be the way to go, I sure can't move the fridge or washer to unplug for every storm :shock:

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    Too much $ invested in appliances (sewing related and not). I use surge suppressors on everything and I also unless sewing and embroidery machines when not using.
    Do like the idea of installing a house s/p. Thanks.

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    I live in an old, rented house, although the type of breaker you mentioned would be the best thing, I'll have to live with my network of surge protectors. They are working for me.

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    I have always used surge protectors in my house. I sent my DD to collage with a surge protector for her computer and a number of power strips for her other things. We had a storm over Christmas vacation and when she went back her computer was fried. I went over to check it out and found her computer plugged into a power strip and her curling iron plugged into the surge protector. Silly girl didn't know the difference. Oh well, the computer was still under warranty and she learned something. I just had to laugh.

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    After all this the weirdest thing happened last night. I have a surge protector strip plugged in behind my little nightstand, with two lights, my home phone and cell charger. As I was reaching behind me to get my glasses, I knocked a pack of gum behind the stand. Next thing, there's a big blue and orange spark and all the power goes out.

    Hubby reset the breaker, the power strip was good, but the outlet was scorched and blackened. I don't have a clue what happened.

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    yikes, that's scary. I wonder what happened.

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    i use a surge protecter on my la, but nothing else. don't scare me. as for water, my dh is paranoid about things like that. when i had cats, i was always sure to put the lids on the toilets down. they both drank from there and i had bad visions.

    what brand surge protecter should i be looking for?


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    We have surge protectors for computer and everything in my sewing room - and I turn off the computer every night.
    I should probably unplug my sewing machine every day, too.

    Thanks for the reminder - just did it!

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    We have surge protectors on computer, printer, entertainment system, and of course my sewing machine especially since it is computerized.
    I no longer plug my iron into the same protector as machine. I don't want to take any chances.
    When not in use, I flip switch on surge protector to off and if we are leaving all day, pull the plug. We had lightening storm here two weeks ago that hit our breaker on top of pole. Had most everything unplugged because I knew storm was coming, but when I went into pantry/closet and turned the light on the lightening hit and the switch crackled and everything went out. Didn't know it was our pole and so 8 hours later, (thank God for generators), here comes the power man. My DD had to call him from town as we had no phone service going out.
    As far as a brand, you really need to stand and read each package. All surge protectors are not alike and some don't even have a turn off switch. This is one item you cannot go cheap on. I think we paid $30.00 fro the entertainment system one and about $20 for the sewing machine. Some come with guarantees and replacements. My sewing machine one has special openings that have to be opened to place plug into so little hands can't get shocked. I also have my two lamps plugged into this one and instead of turning the switches on and off, I just turn switch off on surge. Hope this helps.

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    thank you. i'm convinced. it sounds like the thing to do is to plug my two machines and their lights into one s.p.. the blindstitcher and lamp into a different s.p. and the la and lams in another. my iron gets unplugged each time i'm done because i broke the 'off' dial. that leaves hanging ceiling fixtures, but i guess that's another story. so, i guess 3 s.p. will do it? our circuit box will pop the circuit if there's an overload elsewhere. if dh wants to protect anything else, we'll have to decide what needs it. oh, of course the computer and the entertainment center. 2 more. there's a business i should go into, right? anywhere else?

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    I use surge protectors on everything electronic.. and if a storm is coming, everything gets unplugged from the surge protector... and also the telephone line/ethernet cable from the computers..

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    if the intent of the s.p. is to protect your electronics, then why do you have to unplug everything anyway?

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    I unplug because I was told if there was a direct hit by my home more than likely the surge protector would not protect my computer. Surge protectors are more for the occasional surges of power you get during a normal day. My DD computer was not plugged into a surge protector and it was wiped out by one of those lesser surges. Her's would have been protected if it was plugged into a surge protector.

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    can't you just turn off the house electricity if you're going to b gone awhile?

    btw, you might not have noticed, but i'm no electrician. :lol:

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    If you turn off the house electricity there goes the frig.

    Yes, surge protectors are not made for storm protection i.e., lightning strikes and the like.

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    We have surge protectors on most all of our electronics with the exception of small appliances like toaster, coffee maker, etc. and I always unplug the sewing machine, even if it's turned off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    If you turn off the house electricity there goes the frig.
    EEEEK! we can't have that, now, can we?

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    so let's see if i have this right:

    we use a surge protecter for the surges that are created during a normal day. this can be created by a sudden increase or decrease in the amount of electricity used/generated in your locale.

    potentially dangerous surges (during a storm for example, or ALL of the house lights coming on at the same time) cannot be prevented from damaging electronics.

    when not in use everything has to be unplugged in case there's a dangerous surge from whatever cause. this includes all audio/visual equipment, computers, sewing machines, tool room machinery. whole-house air conditioning?

    the only things that don't need protecters and don't have to be unplugged are little appliances and phone.

    do i have this right?

    until 2 years ago, i never heard of a surge protecter. i only got one when i got my tin lizzie. it set me back just under $100 because i wanted a very good one.

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    i have been un pluggingmy machines lately an i have a sewing table that moves up & down an i even haveit unplugged but i do use surge protecters on just about everything.i have a few things i can't get replaced so easiely any more or from who bought them.he aint here no more an i sure wish he was.god rest his soal

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    I have lost 2 computers to lighting strikes. And they were just in the area. On the first one, I called the computer maker and they said, there is no surge protectors, that fully protect,from light strikes. and it can come in on the phone line connected to your computer. so when I hear or see any distant lighting, I unplug the computer stuff from the wall,and phone line, but I never thought of my sewing machine, thanks for that tip.

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    I wouldn't be without surge protectors. Everything in my house is on one. You don't need just a beep in electrical and your machine can be ruined.

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    We have surge protectors on most everything. I still unplug the TVs and Sewing machine and computer during a big thunderstorm. My daughter lost her electronics even with a surge protector, but then the lightening hit her house.

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    I use a surge protector for electronics including sewing machine. When I go on vacation I unplug it all. We get some really nasty thunder boomers here sometimes.

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