Lightning Rod


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Old 09-20-03, 04:06 AM
phyllismud
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Lightning Rod

We are replacing our tin roof, our home is about 30 years old. There is a lightning rod that my husband thinks that we really don't need to put back. He said that he doesn't see ligtning rods on newer homes that have metal roofs. What do you all think? Makes me a little nervous.
 
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Old 09-20-03, 05:43 AM
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You don't really need your lightning rod any more. Those days are gone. Lighting is going to strike with our without your rod.
Modern day grounding with the power coming into your home kind of did away with the rod. However, on another note, many are putting them back on for decoration. They are not grounded though.
 
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Old 09-21-03, 09:32 AM
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If you have a lighting rod, ground the thing. It might accidentally work. Inviting hundreds of kilovolts and kiloamps to hit something without a path to ground is a disaster waiting to happen. Lightening rods are still used in many places to protect from strikes and provide a path to ground when a strike occurs.
 
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Old 09-21-03, 01:06 PM
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Your husband is correct.
 
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Old 09-24-03, 07:38 AM
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Lightening rods are still used on large commercial buildings, but are no longer used in residential applications.

You can put it up if you want. It won't "hurt" anything, but you don't really need it.
 
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Old 09-25-03, 05:46 PM
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if you do put one up, you better do it right , follow the directions on running the grounding wire, if you dont, you might burn your house down...There are very specific routes that you need to take with the wire to do it correctly.
 
 

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