Installation of Lightning Prevention Systems, LPS

Every LPS depends on the size of the home; how many peaks, type of roof, pipes, vents, chimneys etc. is what judges the amount of lightning rods needed. Because of the variance in home size its almost impossible to give estimate of how much material is needed without seeing the home.

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Residential Lightning Rod Installation

All Materials Meet or Exceed UL 96/96A, NFPA 780 and LPI 175/177 Requirements
  •   Minimum of two ground rods at least 10 feet deep
  •   Down conductors
  •   Air terminals spaced 20 feet apart along ridges and within two feet of ridge ends
  •   Roof projections such as weather vanes or ornamental points connected to system
  •   Air terminals located within two feet of outside corners of chimney
  •   Antenna mast connected to roof conductor
  •   Surge arrestor installed at electrical service panel to protect appliances
  •   Transient voltage surge suppressors installed in receptacles to which electronic equipment are connected

Material We Use On Residential Homes

Conductor Cables

Copper conductors: 1/2″ diameter braided cable consisting of 32 strands of 17 gauge copper wire.

Aluminum conductors: 5/8″ diameter braided cable consisting of 26 strands of 14 gauge aluminum wire.

Air Terminal Rods

Copper sizes range from 3/8″ x 10″ to 1/2″ x 24″

Aluminum sizes range from 1/2″ x 10″ to 5/8″ x 24″

Rods over 24″ are available to order with a required brace.

Ground Terminals

Copper ground rods ranging from 1/2″ x 8′ to 3/4″ x 10′

Lightning Arrestors

These devices are installed on electric service panels to prevent dangerous high voltage from entering a structure through the incoming wires. The arrestor works as a filter to defray incoming voltage, thus preventing a lightning-induced electrical fire or explosion.

Surge Suppressors

These are installed between the appliance, electronic equipment or computer and the electrical outlet to provide point-of-entry surge suppression from lightning induced power surges. Structures which contain sensitive electronic equipment may require a series of individual surge suppressors. Surge suppressors are not a required component of UL approved lightning protection system and can be implemented with the lightning protection system at the owner’s discretion or per installer’s recommendations.

Ornamental Points

Ornate points are available in a variety of selections to enhance the appearance of traditional lightning rods of a structure.

Why Doctor Boom?

  •   Fourth Generation Family Owned and Operated Since 1959
  •   Best Customer Satisfaction in the Lightning Rod Industry
  •   All Materials Used Are 100% Made in the United States
  •   Our Prices Are Affordable and Our Workmanship Is Professional
  •   We Use Approved Products from Underwriters Laboratory

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