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Planning Basics

Planning Basics

Before you commission a lightning protection project, it’s important to address some basics. Such as these: Determine the structure type. Chapter 4 of NFPA 780, one of the lightning protection standards, provides the requirements for “ordinary structures.” It doesn’t define this, except to say they are structures used for ordinary purposes. To decipher this, look […]

Commonly Made Mistakes in Lightning Protection Projects

Commonly Made Mistakes in Lightning Protection Projects

Before going into common mistakes, let’s quickly go address ones that are less common but still bad: Installing an “active protection” system. In theory, these don’t work and we have proof they don’t work in practice either. Using unlisted parts. There are good reasons these aren’t listed for lightning protection. Using the standards as mere […]

Tips for a Good Project

Tips for a Good Project

Electrical contractors who get into lightning protection work often leave money on the table by underbidding on a customer-specified job or lose money by incurring preventable mistakes. Follow these tips for a good outcome: Reject “the customer is always right” motto. What is right is the lightning protection standard that will be used for the […]

An Overview, Part 2

An Overview, Part 2

Understanding some myths and facts about lightning protection can help you properly market, sell, and guarantee your lightning protection work. Myth 1. Active systems are better than passive systems. In Part 1, we mentioned “snake oil salesmen.” Those are the people who hawk so-called active systems. “Active systems” don’t provide additional protection in theory or […]

An Overview, Part 1

An Overview, Part 1

Installing a lightning protection system nearly always makes good sense for the property owner. And installing these systems can be a lucrative business for the electrical contractor. Unfortunately, this market space has its share of “snake oil salesmen.” We’ll address some myths and facts about lightning protection. Whether you already do this work or not, […]