[aprssig] Wholehouse Surge protection?

KBØNLY kb0nly at mchsi.com
Mon May 30 23:52:50 EDT 2011

The Cutler Hammer is the one I recommend also.  Menards, Lowe's and Home 
Depot all carry them now, at least here all my local stores have them in 
stock.  Worth the investment ten times over in my opinion.

I still run UPS's on the computers and surge arrest power strips, not cheap 
ones either, on all the electronics and ham gear in the house, but having 
the whole panel one seems like a good extra step.  It's easy to install, 
just add a two pole (220v) breaker to your panel and the Cutler Hammer box 
wall mounts next to your panel and installs into a standard knockout, then 
wire the two blacks to the breaker and the white and green to the 
neutral/ground bus and your done.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Herb Gerhardt
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2011 10:44 PM
To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Wholehouse Surge protection?

I had some really bad voltage spikes one year when a high voltage line fell
on top of a low voltage line after a car hit the power pole.  Well that
surge turned my microwave oven to toast.  It burned up the display and I
lost all confidence in it so replaced it.  The local PUD (Public Utility
District) said I could fill out a claim and they might pay for the damages.
Looked at the forms and decided it was not worth the hassle.....

I asked the local PUD if they had any recommendations for a whole house
surge protector and at that time (about 10 years ago) they said they had not
found one that was reliable enough to recommend.  I then went to the local
Lowes store and they had a Cutler Hammer Model CHSP MAX surge protector
which is rated for up to 50,000 Amps/phase.  From what I remember it cost me
under $50 and I installed it myself in the main panel.  So far I have not
had any more appliance damage from voltage surges.  Yes, I still use the
small surge protector strips to protect my computers and ham radios....

It is available from at:
me=&seller=  for $80 now days.....  Just search for CHSP MAX and you will
get lots of hits....

Herb, KB7UVC
NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator
Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
> Bob Bruninga
> Sent: Monday, May 30, 2011 7:39 PM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: [aprssig] Wholehouse Surge protection?
> Time for a new topic...
> With lots of (APRS on topic) electronics at home, I wonder about putting
in a
> whole-house surge protector.  ANyone with experience there?

aprssig mailing list
aprssig at tapr.org

More information about the aprssig mailing list