Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Lightning Rod

A lightning rod at the highest point of a tall building, connected to a ground rod by a wire.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     From Wikipedia:  A lightning rod (USAUS) or lightning conductor (UK) is a metal rod or metallic object mounted on top of a building, electrically bonded using a wire or electrical conductor to interface with ground or "earth" through an electrode, engineered to protect the building in the event of lightning strike. 
If lightning hits the building it will preferentially strike the rod and be conducted to ground through the wire, instead of passing through the building, where it could start a fire or cause electrocution.

      Since Benjamin Franklin proved lightning was in deed electricity and the technology came together to create working lightning rods, thousands upon thousands of lives have been saved.  Lightning striking a building could first cause great damage to the building that might lead to fire and fire would lead to loss of property and lives.  

     Recently, I was reminded of a friend losing her horse to lightning.    
The horse was in a metal shed when it was hit and she was devastated.  I was taking a break at the estate home I clean, and I noticed, nothing spiking up from the corner of the roof.  I really have to talk to the homeowner when he comes back to town.  Why not protect your investment?  

      I wonder about the corners people are willing to cut in the name of saving a few dollars.  This man has $17,000 of electronics in one room alone.  I live a very inexpensive life but I wouldn't sleep at night without some kind of lightning protection.  All you need to save your life and property is some copper, some aluminum wire and a copper ground and the time it takes to install it.  

     If you want to look in to protecting your family and your valuable home and possessions, I like this site for information on do It Yourself installation and catalog of materials;

And here some other sites, just to keep it fair!

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