RE: Coil Winder (fwd)

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Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 10:18:44 -0400
From: "Lau, Gary" <Gary.Lau-at-compaq-dot-com>
To: 'Tesla List' <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: RE: Coil Winder (fwd)

Last night I wound a 6" secondary from a 10 lb spool of #22 AWG.  After
reading the below post, I decided to try spooling the wire off the end of
the reel with the reel flat on one side on the floor, rather than fitting
the reel with an axle.  It worked great!  Plus, it avoids the problem of the
reel's inertia causing it to unwind after you stop the coilform.  There was
no clumping or other problems.  I suppose one's reel must be in good
condition with a smooth edge all around so that there are no snags, but for
me, it worked much better, and I was able to do it without a second pair of
hands.  Thanks for the tip!

Gary Lau
Waltham, MA USA

		In a message dated 10/10/99 4:32:01 AM Central Daylight
		tesla-at-pupman-dot-com writes:

		<<  But the
		 professional way is to set the spool on edge and let the
wire twirl
		 off the end of spool.  I just guide the wire by hand,
except on very >>


		Why? Especially with a large spool, doesn't that allow the
wire to fall from 
		the top of
		the spool, clump up and maybe even fall over the rim of the
spool? Seems like 
		small point because it probably is. All the pictures I have
seen of  factory 
		coil winding
		machines show the spool horizontal and above. That's what I
saw when I toured 
		the Thordarson plant in Chicago, c. 1942.

		Happy day,