Re: shocking questions

           Re: shocking questions
           Sun, 30 Mar 1997 20:25:18 -0600
           rickh-at-ghg-dot-net (Rick Holland)
           Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

Tesla List wrote:
> Subject:
>         Re: shocking questions
>   Date:
>         Sat, 29 Mar 1997 13:39:59 -1200
>   From:
>         Ken Smith <ksmith-at-ihug.co.nz>
>     To:
>         Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> >The problem is, we are getting a substantial shock from the sparks
> >pulled off the secondary. Kind of takes some of the fun out of it.
> >
> >Does anyone have an idea why this is occuring? Basic wiring
> >diagram is out of the nic.funet site, nothing strange. I KNOW
> >we have a substantial ground for the secondary..why the shock?
> >

> In my view 'coilin' is a great hobby, but the shocks should be financial
> -
> not physical.
> Ken
> Ken Smith
> Weymouth
> Auckland
> http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~ksmith
> ksmith-at-ihug.co.nz

I'm afraid I must agree with Ken in this respect. Be sure you understand
what you are doing before you do it. There are potentially many tens or
hundreds of amperes of current running through a TC secondary (I
remember from my classes in electronics that it takes .1 amperes of
current through a healthy male to induce cardiac defribrillation). Even
the electrostatic field created by a coil can generate enough current to
cause pain to a healthy person and heart failure to someone prone to
arythmia. Please read the safety FAQ often quoted on this list. If you
can't find it (I'm sorry, but I don't remember the addx), ask one of the
members or the moderators (any of whom always seem anxious to help) to
point you in the right direction. This is something that should be read
by everyone who even thinks about TC work or anything resembling it. I
hope I haven't come across as a worry-wart, but I don't want *anyone*
hurt in the quest for knowledge, especially if it can be avoided!

   Rick Holland

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