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How To Install A Surge Protector

In the last video we took a deep dive into Surge Protection, today let’s install ’em! Watch as Dustin installs two different styles of Type 1, Whole-Home surge protectors… Plus the how, why, and where of it all.
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SPDs? You should get that checked out.

These days our homes seem to be spilling over with new technology and sensitive electronics, thus the surges of yesterday are only getting more and more costly. Most homeowners blame lightning for the majority of electrical surge damage to their home… but they’re being a bit misled. These voltage abnormalities more commonly come from large appliances in our homes (ACs, furnaces, air compressors etc.), rarely by lightning or changes to the power grid. Surges shorten the life of sensitive electronics, the larger ones causing catastrophic damage to a homes electrical system. Surge Protection Devices or (SPDs) are devices installed at electrical services, branch circuits, or equipment that help protect against these sudden spikes in voltage, using special resistors to “sense” when higher-than-normal voltage is produced then immediately act to redirect voltage away from your electrical system. It’s important to note that surge protectors do not protect against lightning strikes to the home or building itself, that would be a lightning protection system which is something completely different, so get that out of your head right meow. To learn more about surges and how surge protection works, go check out Dustin’s deep dive into surge protection — https://youtu.be/aoNu1TX8IH0

In Dustin’s video you will see two different styles of Type 1 “whole home” Surge protection, the first being the snap-in, plug-on neutral style with no leads. This is a newer Square D design that only works with the corresponding QO plug-on-neutral panels. Not only is this style super-sleek and convenient for the installer, but if installed correctly is as close to line as physically possible, meaning its rated efficacy is near 100%. Simply save two breaker spaces of the breaker bus and snap in the surge protector, the green LED light should come on indicating that it’s functioning and ready for surges…. and you’re done! Simple as apple pie and ice cream.
The second style is intended for more universal use, designed to be mounted to the exterior of any make and model of panel with a threaded hub and lock ring attachment that fits into a ½ inch knock-out at either the bottom or the side of a panel. While this Type 1 is rated for use without an overcurrent protection device, for proper installation it is easiest to land the leads into a breaker that is installed at the nearest space possible to keep the leads short. If the panel being worked on has the option, this specific SPD is also rated to be directly wired to the phase bus mounting screws. When installing this style of SPD it is crucial to keep the leads as short as possible because with every foot of wire lead, 160 more volts is allowed to pass through to the load you’re trying to protect in the event of a surge.
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How To Install a Surge Protector

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  1. The mfg recommendation is to have two single pole breakers, not a ganged dual pole. This is to maintain protection on the second phase if the first phase only is triggered. Also, it is emphasize that the wires should be twisted (to reduce the inductive coupling). It is right there in the installation instructions.

  2. Why is it silly to connect to main like it says you can what if you don’t have any room on the panel to add breaker I’m not going to change full panel just add a breaker

  3. The other day, lighting hit a tree in my back yard, or should I say I suspect that is what happen from the bark of the tree being about 60 feet in all directions away from the tree. I had some outlets that don't work now addition to my Mancave recliner chair which doesn't work now. I get it, reasoning of having a whole house surge protector. I have a garage where my woodworking tools are…some are large tools and they cost thousands of $$$. The garage has a sub panel box of the main panel inside the house. Should I have also a surge protector in this box?

  4. Great video. How much does it cost to do that??

  5. For being so smart no arc protection. On live equipment. And put yourself on video

  6. When installing a surge protector at the main panel, because the neutral and grounds are bonded together already does that mean that you can wire the ground and neutral wires next to each other on the same bus bar? Or do you still need to wire the ground and neutral to their own bars as if they weren't bonded?

  7. I have an 8 space CSED and a subpanel inside. Does it matter which panel the SPD is installed? I'm thinking inside the CSED since that's the closest to the service drop?

  8. There’s no such thing as a two phase in a single phase panel, it confuses people. L1, L2 and N. 😉

  9. Thank you Dustin! Love your channel and just subscribed. I'm planning to install this on my main panel (not subpanel). However, I don't have separate neutral and ground bars. Just one bar which has both ground and neutral wires connected to it. Any reason why I can't connect the green and white wires to this one bar? Thank you!

  10. Q: Do these newer surge protectors in homes protect the entire electrical system on the load side of the homes Hydro meter?
    Even if the panel it’s installed into is a sub panel, or fed from a splitter box and is in parallel with other panels, both fed from a common supply?
    What about protection of circuits with an AFCI or GFCI breakers or receptacles connected?
    Thanks for any help you might have.

  11. My understanding is that TYPE 1 Surge Protectors are to be used before the first disconnect and TYPE 2 are to be used after the 1st disconnect

  12. So you basically have double back up coverage from what I’m looking at?

  13. Sir, i'm from Philippines I get really amazed than here in our country fewer stalled SPD

  14. are the surge protectors with leads panel specific or can i install any one on any panel as long as i have a spare breaker?

  15. i know this is outside so the homeruns are long and any appliance is far from it. Yet, why did you not install it on the side so the wires are shorter? I get the water concern but it won't be an issue. And, the instructions for this particular HEPD80, indicate that you need to twist or braid the two hots to make it efficient. It is what should be done in everyone of them but I was glad to discover that Schneider wrote it clearly in the instructions while others ignore to and is up to us to do it. I was surprised and kind of dissapointed that you did not do it in this video. Also, mention that no sharp bends, we old timers trained learning that the bottom of a soda can is the standard for any curves in the wires.
    Remember that these wires are not used the same as the rest of the circuits, and not just for the "noise" like we do in low voltage and communication ones, but it helps deter impedence thus the protector can absorb more juice and shunt way more…each nanosecond counts!


  17. How much should I charge to install one ?

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