Eaton Whole House Surge Protector

13 Feb

On many episodes of Holmes on Homes, good ole Frank would install a whole house surge protector in the electrical panel. It always seemed like a good idea as we have seen people, my parents especially, have surge related damage to electronics in their homes.
One day I was at Lowes looking for something and I saw a familiar face looking back at me…

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It was a Mike Holmes Approved whole house surge protector!


Obviously I had to have it.

It’s an Eaton Model # CHSPT2MICRO

The install was pretty straightforward, and if you are comfortable working inside an electric panel then it’s a DIY job, if not, then leave it to an electrician, it’s not a place to fool around if you’re not sure what you’re doing. The only bummer to the installation is that it also requires the installation (and purchase) of a double pole breaker which, naturally, takes up two breaker spots in the panel.

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The surge protector itself can be mounted right to the side of the panel into a standard half inch knockout, which eliminates the need for any conduit and the cable that is hard wired into the unit can be used without any extension.

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We’re very happy to have Mike Holmes looking after all the Electronics in our house!

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