LOL ... Wolf, you started what we call "valid, interesting discussion". Grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy. These discussion usually end up in a dissemination of a tremendous amout of valuable information on a highly technical level. @westom : Again I am not questioning the validity of the information that posted, but many people have little or no control over the surge protection beyond the wall of their homes/apartments. Give us you thought on how to best protect ourselves from high amperage strike around our homes.