Just consider yourself lucky Dan was there - otherwise another Racoon would have snuck in the house and stolen your awesome system whilst you were out inspecting the line - that was their plan no doubt!
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Shadorne LOL. Yes but the plot is more complicated than you thought. Rocky raccoon has had it in for Dan ever since the gunfight in the black mining hills of Dakota over his love Mcgill who called herself Lill. But then as I recall, everyone knew her as Nancy. Anyway he obviously planned to either burn him alive or ambush him when he came outside. Personally I'd hoped his finding Guideon's Bible would set him on the straight and narrow. But you know how love is. Abucktwoeighty sorry you were involved in the plot.
Abucktwoeighty, giggles mostly aside, it sounds like the Monster acted like a fuse (or like an output transistor in a solid-state amp, hee hee) and died to save the rest of your system.
A few months ago a fault developed in the AC line to our house in the country and the neutral wire started carrying the second AC leg. That sent 220V to most of the house. Nothing was harmed except a few light bulbs, which burned out real fast. And no breakers tripped either. It's just a guess, but maybe good grounding helped.
Agree it was power to the ground line. The Monster power gizmo probably uses some circuit to the ground for protecting etc and the frying came in via the ground, which probably was not designed for.
Most electronics have a 'safety ground' that is really not in the electronics circuit at any normal time, so the powered ground did not damage them,(though if you had been holding the chassis of one of them will taking a leak, you would definitly would have noticed!)
I love the humor on this site! You folks are a gas!
Tobias, sounds like we had the same problem. Did your main breakers trip? Was trying to think of a way to test the breakers without going through alot of trouble, but if your breakers didn't trip, I think mine are alright.
Since the powercenter is history, I can think of no good reason to put something similar back in the system, other than the outlets being in close proximity. The system's on a dedicated circuit, so I should be fine without.
Thanks to all for the input, and chuckles.
Abucktwoeighty, forgot to mention that. No indeed not, my breakers did not trip, just like yours didn't.
Elizabeth, I managed to keep from touching any chassis parts while taking a leak (whew!) but changing the light bulb in the range hood, and the shock I got then, was what moved me to call in a pro. (Who charged $140 to tell me it was the utility's problem, but that's another story.)