I've managed to build a beautiful big house in Terraria for me and NPCs. Also there is storage area with chests with loot inside in this house.

  • How I can protect my house from being destroyed by a meteor?
  • Is it good idea to make a horizontal stone wall above house?
  • Also, I want to have opportunity to gather meteorite ore after meteor falling. I know that there are issues with bridges in the sky. Because when meteor strikes them, only a small number of meteor blocks are generated :-(
  • I thought I read somewhere that they can't land on your house, but I can't find a reference for that – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jul 4 '11 at 0:38
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    Points 1 & 2 are sort of the same question: "How do I protect my home from meteors?" but for point 3, see this question. – authenticgeek Jul 5 '11 at 15:36

In an answer* to a related question, it is stated that:

[A meteor] may not intersect with a Player, an NPC or a Chest.

If your house is only large enough for your NPCs, it's quite likely you're already safe. If not, as an alternative to making a skybridge barrier, you might instead make an "attic" full of chests. This will cause the game to look for a different location entirely rather than leave only a thin layer of meteorite, as a skybridge would.

**My understanding is that the rules listed in the linked post were determined by examining the game's code, but it wasn't done by me, so caveat emptor. ;-)*

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If all you want is to protect your house, then build a sky bridge over you house. However, if you want to havest the meteor, I suggest that you create another world just for meteor harvesting. Also, the chance of having a meteor strike your house should be very small so there should be not much to worry about.

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If you want to protect it fully and harvest it I recommend making a shield 50 blocks or more above your house and fill it with unwanted blocks. If you have the means to get up there such as jetboots and a grappling hook, once the meteorite falls go up with a pickaxe (Gold or better) and then harvest and repeat.

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