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Re: Lightning Strike
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2021, 04:37:52 PM »
How long are you staying in Wolverine?
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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2021, 05:19:49 PM »
I have no agenda other than riding some trails in the SxS now that most the riders have left the area. I imagine a couple days anyhow. Daughter just got here from Ohio and she brought our Lab with her. She’s on her way to Minnesota with her 2 dogs to meet up with her man who’s working the pipeline up there.



 

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« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2021, 06:47:28 PM »
@Don P these are from Oregon. Sun stones are another product you will find. I have a collection of those too. 


 


 
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« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2021, 09:39:45 PM »
What a mess!!!!
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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2021, 06:57:28 AM »
Don’t know what to say except YOWSERS!!!

& we missed you at the shindig, but you had VERY good reason! WOW

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« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2021, 08:54:19 AM »
  And we've got more carnage to add.  The window AC unit that's on the same circuit as the fried TV is making an odd noise and doesn't like to shut off after it's turned on.  Both freezers in the basement are loud now.  They're working but are making more noise than they used to.  Dee and Zach watched the LED lights on the back porch die and another ceiling fan is toast.  Most all the GFCIs through out the house are toast too.  We're concerned about our lap tops and cell phones and other devices as well.  They were all plugged in charging at strike time.  They still work but for how much longer?  It did fry a phone charger that Zach wasn't using.  How much equipment will fail as a result going forward?  Insurance people should be calling soon.  We've got a list of damage and questions.  We're going to see and talk to Zach's boss this evening.  Get a master electrician's assessment of the situation.
 We're disappointed that we missed the Pig Roast.  It was all planned out.  Had our door prize contributions boxed up, bags packed, ready to head out that morning  :( :o :'( :)  
 It could have been so much worse  8) 8)  Dee had been soaking in the cast iron claw foot bath tub moments before impact.  
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« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2021, 09:18:02 AM »
   I am so sorry to hear it and thankful nobody was hurt. Probably a bad time to mention it but I'll think about you every time I watch the start of King Ralph.
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« Reply #27 on: August 09, 2021, 11:10:44 AM »
I would have. hard time trusting the existing wiring in the house. At least every receptacle and box needs to be inspected?
Corley5  Sorry to hear about the lighting strike. Its been over thirty years ago we had a bad strike when we lived on one of our other farms. The strike hit a large walnut tree in the pasture just out back of our house and killed three cows and calves that were under the tree. It blew the door off the breaker box. Didn't burn the house down or shop or any outbuildings. Damage in every building. No one would touch the job without rewiring everything. Long story short we were out of the house for three months and the house, shop, outbuildings, well, under ground to the house and any thing that was plugged in at the time of the strike was replaced. Thirty plus years later the house and all the buildings are standing. Good luck with the insurance company we had a lot of issues with them. 

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Re: Lightning Strike
« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2021, 11:29:34 AM »
Glad no one was hurt.  I hope your insurance company will write you a big check.

Back when I was little, before electronics, one struck near our home.  It blew out every lightbulb in the house, whether the switch was on, or not.  No other sign of it.

We were backpacking, and camped near the top of a mountain in the Great Smokies.  One night, we had a thunderstorm, and heard lightning striking right on the other side of the peak.  The next day, we passed through that area, and there were trees blown all to pieces.  There were large pieces of some trees sticking perpendicular to the tree they were impaling.

We never slept near the top of a mountain again.

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« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2021, 12:00:29 PM »
Probably 15 years ago lightning struck the inlaws house. Their damage looked just like yours outlets blown out, etc.

The entire house was rewired and when they started knocking the plaster in the damage to the wiring inside the walls was unreal, how the house didn't burn to the ground is beyond me. Things melted, studs charred, insulation melted, etc.

They replaced pretty much every appliance and electrical device. The ones they didn't do right away failed not long after.

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« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2021, 01:03:29 PM »
The well is toast.  The white pieces are chunks of the PVC casing.  We need a new well.



 

 

 
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« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2021, 04:08:43 PM »
Dayam!!!    I've heard of it taking out pumps, and we've even lost some, but I've never heard of it taking out a well!!!

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« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2021, 04:09:02 PM »
A new well? Boy that lightning sure did a number. Nasty bunch of business. Hoping for a speedy but well done recovery so there are not issues after.
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« Reply #33 on: August 09, 2021, 05:20:30 PM »
Yup a new well.  Rusty called his uncle who drilled it back in 95.  Rusty was working for John then.  Any way over the years they've only seen a couple with the casings blown from lightning.   My first interaction with the insurance adjuster wasn't real positive but it could have been worse.
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« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2021, 06:41:14 PM »
Glad no one was hurt.  I hope your insurance company will write you a big check.

Back when I was little, before electronics, one struck near our home.  It blew out every lightbulb in the house, whether the switch was on, or not.  No other sign of it.

We were backpacking, and camped near the top of a mountain in the Great Smokies.  One night, we had a thunderstorm, and heard lightning striking right on the other side of the peak.  The next day, we passed through that area, and there were trees blown all to pieces.  There were large pieces of some trees sticking perpendicular to the tree they were impaling.

We never slept near the top of a mountain again.
This reminded me of a Boy Scout story that happened in the Highland Mountains south of Butte, MT in 1922. Ten scouts were caught in a lightning storm at around 10,000 feet elevation. Nine survived, several severely injured, and the rest were knocked unconscious at least. It's a crazy story for sure, and those guys are all tougher than me! Google brings up a Facebook post about it here:  Update Your Browser | Facebook 
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« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2021, 08:53:27 PM »
  The insurance adjuster asked if I'd been given a possible $$$ amount for a new well when I told him the casing on this one was blown.  Rusty told me 20-25,000 to replace what we had.  The adjuster about choked and said that was really high.  I told him it was 290 feet deep and then he asked if I had documentation to back that up :o >:( >:( >:(  I told him I was looking at the pile of pipe the pump had been hanging on.  The conversation got short and he said a field adjuster would need to have a look.  I agreed and told him that someone needed to lay eyes on this mess that it wasn't an average "my TV got fried" strike there were craters in our yard.  I'm calling my agent in the morning to tell him what's going on.  I had a meeting there for county farm bureau stuff this morning and showed him the pics.  He said they have very little to do with claims but if I had any issues to call.  I'm getting ahead of this issue.  Another acquaintance said it's never too early to lawyer up.
One electrician told me today not to sign off on the claim for 90 days.  Zach's boss told him not to sign off on anything for 6 months and that the wiring in the house needs to be gutted and replaced.  The adjuster told me that there were tests for bad wiring to see what needed to be replaced  when I mentioned the fried circuits, burnt plugs switched ect. ::) ::)  
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« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2021, 09:28:56 PM »
On my well I can take the cover off and it stamped 140 feet, 40 gallon a minute.
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« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2021, 10:12:32 PM »
Guess I would tell the adjuster that the wiring test is that he sleep in the house for 6 months and you get to deadbolt the doors each night from the outside.

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« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2021, 10:23:53 PM »
Drywall is cheap. If they tried to get away with just a test? I would start yanking the drywall off for a visual inspection.
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« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2021, 10:32:35 PM »
Sadly you should probably start shopping around for another insurance company, be prepared for when they decide not to renew your policy.  
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