Re: Bad Day -at- Coil Corral....

In a message dated 96-02-21 12:44:18 EST, tesla-at-grendel.objinc-dot-com writes:

>This transformer is rated 12kv -at- .5a
>I have the welder in full shunt (min current).  Don't have any
>meters hooked up yet so can't say what the numbers are.
>I did open up my gaps (6 tubes = 5 gaps about .020 ea) and now getting
>breakout of about 2'.  My gaps are now boxed (crudely but effectivly)
>and well vaccumed.  No rotary yet.  My pole pig is in the shed for now.
>The problem now is that the sparks are erratic.  When I first turn
>on the power, they really crack out but then fade.  I turn the variac
>down and then back up, and they come alive again for a second before
>fading out.  Sumptin's still outa whack here. (My wife says its me :->


You should try monitoring the primary currrent and voltage of the
transformer.  This would tell you a little more about what's going on.  With
a transformer that will put out 500ma I still think a rotary gap would fix
your problem.  I think your gaps are not quenching.  

Ed Sonderman