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lightning blew up my power

There was a huge lightning storm this morning, in the middle of it my power went out. All the breakers on my boat are on, all e breakers on the power bollard are on. The odd thing is that the bollard has power to the meters and register 5v on the ac setting of my multimeter across live and earth. Also the RCD buttons trip out the breakers. This suggests that it has power. But nothings coming out. Any ideas for a) How come it has some power but no output b) Is there anything I can do. My electrical skills = I own a nice multimeter My fear of zappy death = relatively high [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Save our surveillance

What's the best way to protect surveillance equipment from lightning? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?

Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 answers

window fan + lightning storm - will sparks fly?

Is it okay to use a window fan during a thunderstorm? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

A prayer to St. Elmo?

Which (American-style) electrical surge protector will most reliably and economically protect my precious computer equipment from unforeseeable disaster? [more inside]
posted by zachxman on Aug 13, 2007 - 13 answers

"It's god banging on the piano keys..."

Lightning. Why does it always go to ground? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Was I struck by lightning?

Was I struck by lighting? [more inside]
posted by squishy on Aug 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Electrical arc photo identification needed.

Please help me find this great picture of electrical arcs. I saw this photo a while back. I'm pretty sure it was in a magazine. It was of a great big round room, with some sort of large apparatus, like a collider or something (it wasn't a collider I don't think). There were scaffolding and cat walks running everywhere. Lots of pipes and fittings. Everything was gold or copper or something. And the entire room is covered in arcs of electricity. Great big bolts running all around the room, with smaller and smaller branches and fingers breaking off to fill up every metal surface area with arcs. It was some sort of electrical discharge as a result of the experiment that was being run. I can't remember what it was, so I don't even know what to look for in Google. Any help would be appreciated. Even just a guess as to what the device was that would produce that, so I have a starting point to try and find it. Thanks.
posted by gummo on Aug 1, 2005 - 12 answers

How can I keep lightning from destroying my stuff?

I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Jul 26, 2005 - 18 answers

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