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Lightning rods?

Dan Kolbert | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

A client asked me about them on a big reno we’re doing. I always assumed they were largely hokum (sp?). Can’t find much research on the web on the subject. Seems to be “can’t hurt.”

THe house is just outside Portland ME. Plenty of trees around, tallest structure for several hundred feet, but it’s also hilly, reasonably high housing density, not in a field in the middle of nothing else above shrub height. Is it worth the effort to install a system? Anyone actually seen any research?

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Dan,
    Here are two articles from Cecil Adams of "The Straight Dope" fame.

    The first article dates from 2001: Do lightning rods really work?

    A follow-up article dates from 2008: Did they ever prove whether lightning rods work?

  2. Dan Kolbert | | #2

    Great minds think alike - Uncle Ceci was the first (or perhaps 2nd) place I turned.

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