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Apparently our service manager is in need of help on a Saturday job to fix this house that got zapped by 1.21 viva watts and blew a hole the size of a basketball in the roof, blew devices off the wall, welded the gutters to the house etc. Never walked into a situation like this. He basically told me were prolly gonna rewire the house. The HO is in a hurry to get it done but nobody will work sat I guess except me. I mainly do commercial work and dinked around with a few houses but not that much. I expressed him this and he told me I'll do fine and I'm testing to be journeyman as of lately. Any words of experience would be appreciated
 

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I reccomend rewiring the house is the home owner okay with removing any drywall in this situation ?


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I reccomend rewiring the house is the home owner okay with removing any drywall in this situation ? Sent from my iPhone using electriciantalk.com
Yes because that's what my boss said we'll have to do. Now as far as cutting out drywall. Just do enough to get old wire out? And new wire in? If need be. I don't wanna make a big mess in a house. On my commercial jobs I can make the biggest mess I want as long as I clean it up lol
 

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hopefully the HO has a good looking daughter you can shack up with while you spend the next few weeks tearing the house apart.

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I just finished a house rewire without removing all the Sheetrock. HO was responsible for removing material as pointed out by me. They also did the repairs. What a PITA. Next time my price doubles. The biggest problem was attic access through out the house was very poor.
 

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Yes because that's what my boss said we'll have to do. Now as far as cutting out drywall. Just do enough to get old wire out? And new wire in? If need be. I don't wanna make a big mess in a house. On my commercial jobs I can make the biggest mess I want as long as I clean it up lol
How old is the home and the wiring method?
That's a rather severe strike! I wonder how the electronics and appliances fared. It sounds like a real labor intensive and time consuming job. :eek:
 

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Aww man what doosey. As you see the lightning hit the peak of the house. I'm thinking energized the metal soffit and travelled all the way around to the back of the house. Here's where I'm confused you see that big hole. It blew right through siding osb then wire and blew out the Sheetrock on the interior which was already down when I got there. So travelled around the house and entered their? Maybe a nail that was in the wire? I just wonder why it came in there?Fried the switch box and fried the garbage disposal outlet.kitchen circuit was ok. 2 gfi's were tripped. Shaked the house so much the exterior lights were loose and boxes sticking out passed the siding an 1/8 of inch. Total circuits tripped were 8. 6 of those were arc faults. 2 flat screens fried garage opener was fried and not working. Water heater demand controller was fried and unresponsive same goes for the control board in the furnace. Even fried the doorbell transformer.
 

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Good old steel siding!! Don't think I'd side my house with it as it is a wonderful conductor. I've seen a light shorting to the soffiting of the house cause the ground wire to arc on one side of the house and cause shocks from the screen door on the other side!
 

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Apparently our service manager is in need of help on a Saturday job to fix this house that got zapped by 1.21 viva watts and blew a hole the size of a basketball in the roof, blew devices off the wall, welded the gutters to the house etc. Never walked into a situation like this. He basically told me were prolly gonna rewire the house. The HO is in a hurry to get it done but nobody will work sat I guess except me. I mainly do commercial work and dinked around with a few houses but not that much. I expressed him this and he told me I'll do fine and I'm testing to be journeyman as of lately. Any words of experience would be appreciated
After reading the original post, I was trying to determine, what was meant by the term "1.21 viva watts".
The term "viva" in Latin, means something, relating to "life or lifetime".
Please enlighten! :001_huh:
 

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I usually ask the bottom 2 feet of drywall in rooms and at every switch cut nails with a saws all and get side screw remodel boxes and use a flexible fish bit to fish in wires .. You'll need an attic guy to run wires/ or crawl space but that's how we do remodels and they turn out nice every time .. Remove wires you can get to but I would just cut out all boxes and use remodel boxes and cut in new plugs next to existing and make sure to disconnect all old circuits so you don't energize old wires that are buried
 

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Remodel boxes are your best friend in these cases and as Lind as you disconnect old wiring only remove what you need to and u can get to ... The wires that are in the house are junk so if you can't remove it just leave it and cut in your new boxes .. A long flexible fish bit will save your life as well
 

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as i have been told several times, electricity is not smart, it doesnt always follow the path that its supposed to. and lighting proves that that!;)
 

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Pick your easiest route .. Crawl or attic and start cutting out boxes gently to not ruin Sheetrock just cut nails .. Cut wires and pull old box out .. Move over a stud bay of possible and cut in your new box .. Or move over a few inches .. You know your box will be nailed on a stud so you will have a whole like 12 inches to cut a new box wherever it may be .. Take your flexi bit stick it in the wall and drill your whole up or down wherever you choose to run and have your crawl guy shove your wires down or up
 

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Label all your wires when your running them and don't install your remodel box until your for sure complete with that box .. Also just a tip on remodel boxes.. It's always good to spin the screws on them a few times to establish treads on the plastic tabs so when you install the box it will tighten easily ... In spots where you want to reuse a box location get boxes with Sheetrock screws inside them to secure to a stud they work great
 

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Well lets see the service one ground rod and one lightning arrestor did it have the NEC 25 ohm rod or just two rods per code . Good pictures nice to see a lightning strike on a residential job send this to the NFPA with the two ground rods .:thumbsup: Show the service grounding
 
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