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Thread: Do you use surge protectors?

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    Senior Member quilter girl's Avatar
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    Our house was hit by lightenning - lost quite a few electronics. Thank goodness I had left my sewing machine unpluged. Do most of you use surge protectors on your sewing machines or just unplug them. Thanks for your input.

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    Surge protectors on everything here - we have lost a VCR, satellite receiver, and an almost new dishwasher, during 2 separate strikes.
    Even though I have the protector on the sewing machine, I always unplug it when finished.

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    I unplug mine. The only good surge protector I have is used for my pc and other computer equipment. I probably should get another one for the sewing machine. We do have a lot of storms here in FL.

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    We have surge protectors on eveything and we still unplug too.

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    Surge suppressors AND unplug. It's been a few years, but we lost a tv, stereo and answering machine.

    I don't always pay attention to what the weather is doing outside....especially if I'm sewing! :wink:

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    Yes, I use them on everything, and now if there is a bad storm, I unplug also. Lighting ran in on our bedroom ceiling light and fan and blew up our TV, also burnt a hole in a brand new bedspread, lucky the house didn't catch fire. So now I am extra careful.

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    I use surge protectors on both of my sewing machines as well as my computer. If there is to a terrible lightening storm, I'll also unplug. No use taking any chances :D

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    Surge protectors on all of the important stuff here, too :D :D :D

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    Wow! Thanks for the input! I hadn't thought of unplugging the sewing machine and I generally rely on the surge protector for my computer. I've left tvs on when we've had storms, too! I'm from an area of hardly EVER getting lightening storms and moved to this area 4 yrs ago....we get lightening storms every summer here. In fact, a young child (about 11) ran out of his school room and onto the parking lot a coupla months ago...during a storm and and struck by lightening!!!! :shock: I'll be more careful from now on! :wink:

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    Surge protectors on everything!
    My sewing machine gets unplugged when I'm not using it.
    If we leave for the weekend, EVERYTHING gets unplugged.

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    As a little side note. How many of you turn off the water to your washer when you leave on vacation? Our daughter came home from a 3 week vacation to several inches of water in the whole house.

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    While we do have surge protectors, I always unplug my sewing machine. I do unplug the TVs, if we are having a storm. I have heard of people turning off the water to the washer, but we never have. We do, generally, unplug the water softener. Guess these are all the more reasons to just not go away! LOL

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    I unplug everything and turn off everything except the water to one toilet when we go away. I always have someone come in for the cats, so they might need to use the potty. Gotta have water in there.

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    Oh yes I sure do. I think it is a small investment to make to protect my electronics and appliances. But I do unplug my sewing machine every time I use it. Habit really.

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    I have a computerized sewing machine. I use a surge protector on it. I have met a woman who's Bernina 730 got fried because she did not use one, that convinced me!!!
    We don't get lightening storms around here.
    there are protectors on all the computers but not on the television. DH wouldn't mind so much if our television blew up, then he could finally get a flat screen!!!

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    I have a computerized quilting system on my longarm and I have two surge protector attached to it. Both in line with each other. If the first fails, then the secoud will catch the surge of bad juice. Zeke..........

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    I use protectors, but unplug my LA anyway.

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    Even with surge protectors, the only sure protection is to unplug. My hubby sold home and car electronics for years and has heard every story there is (tho' I'm sure there are more sensational stories).

    I too unplug, not only for safety, but for a small measure of conservation. Why pay for the electricity when it's plugged in but not being used?

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    I have surge protectors on everything. Both PC's, he TV, the air conditioners, and MOST importantly - the fridge. My circuit breaker box was hit by lightning a few years ago. Fortunately, all it did was turn off all the breakers. I didn't lose anything.

    However, my daughter's house lost electricity, not through a strike, but because of a power outage during a thunderstorm and when the power came back on, the surge burned up her fridge. That's when I added another one.

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    I use surge protectors on machine & computer - I am partially disabled, and couldn't get down and unplug every time, though I realise that I probably should. Drives me potty. I even wish I had an iron that had an on/off switch, instead of having to unplug the thing each time. We don't get that many storms, and I do have good insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Surge protectors on everything!
    My sewing machine gets unplugged when I'm not using it.
    If we leave for the weekend, EVERYTHING gets unplugged.
    Yep, here, too. AND if I leave for a week or more I turn off the breaker to the hot water tank. It just continues to reheat the same water unless you turn off the breaker.

    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I use surge protectors on machine & computer - I am partially disabled, and couldn't get down and unplug every time, though I realise that I probably should. Drives me potty. I even wish I had an iron that had an on/off switch, instead of having to unplug the thing each time. We don't get that many storms, and I do have good insurance.

    I, too, have problems crawling around on the floor and unplugging machines. My Bernina lady told me to just unplug directly at the machine...well, duh! Why didn't I think of that????? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I have the surge protectors, but the responses here from the people who have been hit have made me think I need to unplug. There are a lot of you just on this Board! We have LOTS of storms here in South Lousiana. Right now it's the monsoon season and there is a storm nearly every afternoon and almost always with lots of lightning. I would be devastated to have my machine fried. I think I'll be unplugging a lot more often.

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    I have one on my computer, but I never thought to put a surge protector on my sewing machine, Thanks!!!

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    I have one on the computer, but just a power strip for the sewing machine.

    DH does turn the breaker off to the well pump when we go on vacation.

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