Gap Cleaning (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:44:40 +0000
From: "Gregory R. Hunter" <ghunter-at-mail.enterprise-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Gap Cleaning

Dear List,

I cleaned my RQ gap a couple of days ago.  I just slid some
sandpaper between the gaps and gave them a good rubbing.  When I
fired up the coil Sunday night, I couldn't believe the difference. 
My little 450VA coil was a crackling, hissing beast!  The 8"
spherical discharge terminal sprouted many writhing, multi-branched

The 8" sphere normally requires a single thumbtack to produce a
reliable, single-spark breakout.  After the gap cleaning, I noticed
that the spark from the thumbtack was very intense, and many faint 
little streamers were coming off other parts of the ball.  Puzzled, I
removed the tack altogether (which normally extinguishes my sparks).
To my amazement, the coil put on such a violent display that I was
intimidated to be closed up in my little one-car garage with it 

If there's a point to this story I guess it's:  keep your gaps 

Or maybe:  Minor tweaking can yield great improvement.


East Anglia, UK