RE- How do you get the guts

Subject:      RE- How do you get the gu
       Date:  Sun, 08 Jun 1997 12:43:00 GMT
       From:  robert.michaels-at-online.sme-dot-org (Robert Michaels)
Organization: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
         To:  tesla-at-pupman-dot-com

        I recommend gin, tho several of my friends use a six-pack
        or two.   (One guy uses those funny-looking {and
        smelling} cigarettes - swears by them)

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        How old are you, Shawn?  If you're under 20-something, guts
        shouldn't be a problem!   Twenty-something to thirty-some-
        thing, the above may help.  Thirty-something to 40-something
        -- double the above.  Above 40-something -- forget it!

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        Actually, you can be shocked by a disruptive-discharge coil.
        Only vacuum-tube or solid-state coils are assuredly safe
        for human contact.

        Safest way to experiment:

                Make yourself an insulated platform and stand on
                it when you take the discharge.  That should keep
                you safe in most instances.

                For a small coil you can quickly assemble such a
                stand by placing 4 glass tumblers on the floor
                upsidedown.  Place a glass casserole or cake dish
                upsidedown on top of the 4 tumblers (which should
                be at the 4-corners of an imaginary rectangle).

                Stand on this.  It will easily hold your weight
                (unless you're a really big mutha).

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        A safety technique used by a friend is to take a swing at
        the terminus of a coil.  He holds a short metal rod in his
        hand.  With arm extended (and torso twisted at the waist), he
        sweeps the rod  =swiftly=  past the coil terminus, coming
        into and rapidly out of strike range.   If he is unexpectedly
        shocked his own inertia should carry him out of danger.

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        To specifically answer your question:  10-KHz. is the
        generally accepted minimum frequency.   Always start your
        =personal=  experiments at lowest practical power.  And do
        grip your electrode very firmly:  even if not shocked you can
        receive a painful rf burn if there's any sparking to your

                                   Often electrified but never shocked
                                   in -- Detroit, USA

                                   Robert Michaels

T>  From:   Shawn Collins <rubidium-at-worldnet.att-dot-net>

T>I have seen many pictures on various pages of people drawing sparks to
T>objects they are holding on to. At what frequency of operation is this
T>and how  did you ever get up the guts to try it ? I know the primary
T>can kill, but according to skin effect formula (which I can't find
T>now) at 170kHz the current is only .06" deep.