Re: Neon Update

Subject:  Re: Neon Update.
  Date:  Sat, 14 Jun 1997 08:14:23 -0400 (EDT)
  From:  FutureT-at-aol-dot-com
    To:  tesla-at-pupman-dot-com

<<  Now the same neons have run
> about 18 hours without shorting out again.  This makes me wonder
> if the dryed out cracked tar in old neons contribute to them shorting
> out. Maybe it would be wise to put all old neons with cracked tar
> shorted or not in the oven and melt the tar. 
> I had one shorted neon with tar so dried out that it refused to melt in
>the oven at 300 degrees.  The tar did get very soft so I scrapped it all
>out of the case and mixed about 1/2 cup of high voltage transformer 
>oil with the tar to make it liquid again.  I poured the tar back into the
> neon case and put it in the kitchen oven for an hour to melt so it 
>would fill up all the spaces.  Now the neons is working fine again. 
> I have been giving it a work out and it hasn't shorted out yet.
 >Gary Weaver

Thanks for this update.  You've made an excellent discovery with this
melting technique.  I'll definitely try it when I get some shorted
I've heard that some neons use a different type of tar -- maybe that's 
why it didn't melt easily, but you solved that problem too.  Nice work.

John Freau