How to Install a Whole House Surge Protector

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Installing a "Whole House" surge protector can help prevent electrical damages to all your appliances, no matter what room they are in. Install a "Whole House" surge protector with help from one of the one of the owners of CJS Electric in Tampa Florida in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Nick Marra with Cjselectricseven.com, and today I'm here to show you how to install a whole house surge protector. The first thing you're going to need is a good surge protector, one that's got an indicator light, and this is not an easy task. You'll be working in an electrical panel so if there's any kind of doubt please hire a local electrician. As I said, the first thing you'll need is a surge protector. The tools you will need are a screwdriver, a pair of pliers with an insulated handle and a wire stripper. Let's get started. And as you can see in the breaker panel there are a lot of exposed live parts. So again, this is not for everyone to install. We'll knock out a knock out. It has, this particular one comes surface mounted with a thread on it with a lock nut on it. Most electrical panels will have these prepunched knock out holes. So what we'll need to do is knock that out. The diameter is about seven eights of an inch of a hole, feed the wires through it, put the locking nut on it. This is good enough support for the surge suppressor. As you see we have two black wires and a white wire. We find the white wire, the neutral bar coming into the panel, that is where the white wire goes, make it a nice semi tight fit while your strippers just strip off just enough and this one, this particular one is a stranded wire, most of them are. We can form this to go around in the back into a screw that holds the wire into the bus. As you can see it comes out the other side there so you know that it is in there good. Take your screwdriver, tighten the set screw. As usual give it a little tug, make sure it's making a good connection. The next thing you'll need is a 20 amp breaker for this particular, check with the manufacturer to make sure what size breaker and where to install this. This particular one requires a 20 amp breaker to protect this wire in case a surge does come through, we don't want it all to catch on fire. A surge will, a surge protector has MOVs, metal oxide varistors in it. Let's see we have to make sure to put this wire underneath the screw of the breaker, tighten it down. I'm Nick Marra with Cjselectricseven.com, and that is how to install a whole house surge protector. If you have any doubts, please contact a local professional in your area.

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