Thunderstorm Fried My Electronic Stuff

There’ve been a lot of things I wanted to write about, however, I never had the opportunity to do so. After returning home from work last Friday, I discovered that the top floor of my house had no electricity. A quick check revealed that a fuse had blown. According to my grandma, this was due to a thunderstorm that happened earlier.

After replacing the fuse, my grandma discovered that her TV cannot be switched on. My maid’s TV also had the same problem… no Indonesian serials for her. I shudder at the thought of the TV in my room facing the same problem.

As soon as I switched on the power socket, I heard crackles and smelled the aroma of burnt electrical components. Bargh! My Astro unit was also rendered useless.

I fearfully head towards my computer room fearing the worst. Thankfully, the computer can power up. However, my fears are confirmed. My ADSL modem got electrocuted as well.

That’s it! I’m investing in a surge protector no matter what.

4 responses to “Thunderstorm Fried My Electronic Stuff”.

  1. Shrutarshi Basu Says:

    At leat you don’t have to get another computer.

  2. Dabido (Teflon) Says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t have surge protection already … but, I guess they aren’t cheap either … so, lots of people don’t have them.

    Not that they always work. My Video recorder doesn’t work after the electricians did something to our house!

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Basu, that would’ve blown my budget for the year way off target 😛

    David, nobody I know of has surge protection for their home. I guess we Malaysians love to live dangerously. Thunderstorms are not really rare for us. However, I find it statistically miraculous that this is only my second busted modem in my 15+ years of computing.

    As for your VCR, try opening up the chassis if you’re in a DIY mood. Most modern VCRs/DVD players have a fuse near the power intake area. It looks not unlike the fuses you’d find in a three pin power socket head. Not sure of the Ampere though. Usually it’s just a case of replacing this fuse.

  4. Dabido (Teflon) Says:

    Azmeen – I already checked for that. I once repaired it when the fuse blew before – this time however, the fuse was fine.

    I’ve been meaning to go through it all with my brothers multi-meter to check all the components are working right, but it takes a long while to do that sort of thing.

    Thanks for the advice.