My First Tesla Works!
Subject: My First Tesla Works!
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 18:53:03 -0400
From: Tom Heiber <theiber-at-lonet.ca>
Organization: Power Surge
This IS a Re-Post as it seems it was not recieved by the Tesla List
Server! with some minor changes :)
Hey There Guys (and gals) my FIRST Tesla Coil Works.
After painstakingly long hours of building it It Works!
Well Here are the specs!
Power Supply: 12KV 60mA Neon Xfmr.
Spark Gap : 4 bolts in series, cooled by a cooling fan
Cap : Home-Made Salt-Water Caps -at-13.1nF
Primary : 9 Turns 1/4" copper tubing, tapped at 9 (needs more turns)
Seconday : 4"x13.5" 22Gauge, blue PVC pipe
Toroid : 4"x30" aluminum duct pipe
Well. After I have cooled down a bit. Here's my problem.
About 1/3 way from the bottom of the winding (secondary) I had a breakou
of corona and it fused about 4-5 turns together. Now, I have no idea why
this has happened or how to fix it.
Also, all I get from this TC is about 13"-15" sparks. Is this the
maximum I can get from my Tesla?
I have noticed that while operating the coil inside the garage. The
garage door went wild. I had to unplug it cuz It was getting too weird.
BTW. Is the spark gap supposed to be THAT loud? I thought the output
from the Sec. was more powerfull and would make more noise.
Does anyone have any suggestions about my coil for improvement? (except
P.S. Build Time 1 month (4-5 hours a day)