Posts By: Michael Chusid

It could have been worse…

As a post on Flickr describes, “Lightning struck my [radio antenna] tower, and while most of it went to ground through the tower, a bit of it came down the disconnected coax that was in the attic.” While damage to the building’s electrical system and equipment was significant, the building was not destroyed and there… Read more »

Future-Proofing with Lightning Protection Systems

Lightning protection is “one of the first ‘future-proofing’ building technologies,” according to John McManus. He should know — in his job as Editorial Director of Builder, Custom Home, Journal of Light Construction and other construction-oriented magazines at Hanley Wood, he is constantly scanning the horizon to identify trends in design and construction. His recent article… Read more »

Five things you didn’t know about lightning protection.

Part of an equestrian center, this clubhouse and locker room wing, built by Carolina Timberworks and Rod Kazenske, architect, has a lightning protection system to protect the stable, horses, members, and guests. The building required special attention to lightning protection due to the use of heavy timber construction. Lightning can be beautiful; nature’s own light… Read more »

Lightning in Desert

Lightning is a hazard almost everywhere in North America, even in deserts that receives only a few inches of rain a year. The danger is highlighted by this “Storm Danger” sign on the original Navajo Bridge (former U.S. Route 89A) in Marble Canyon, Arizona. Despite infrequent rain there, storms can produce prodigious lightning. The sign’s… Read more »

Fireplace Season: Time to Consider Lightning Protection

Now that the cooler air of autumn is here, it is time to have your chimney inspected so it is ready for those dark winter evening of sitting around the hearth with your loved ones.  A good place to find a certified chimney inspector is at Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service or Chimney Safety Institute… Read more »

Top-Notch Lightning Protection System

Lightning protection installers hang out in high places, including the apex of tall chimneys, radio antennas, and church steeples. Lightning protection systems (LPS) in these exposed locations have to extend to the highest parts of the structures so the system can intercept lightning strikes before the lightning reaches the structure. To reach these rarefied heights,… Read more »

Check Up for Safety

The sign on this Annapolis, MD fire station reminds us that smoke detectors save lives… if they are properly inspected and maintained. The same can be said about lightning protection systems. Parts of the lightning protection system can become loose or damaged, compromising safety. When you change smoke detector batteries, or at other regular intervals,… Read more »