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Re: NST testing

Hi all, Jeremiah,

 Mkay, I'm assuming you've started tinkering with that NST already,
with the jacob's ladder and such.  One mention I haven't seen
anybody mention,
  On my 9/60 I can draw the arcs from one terminal to the other out
to around 1.5-2 inches long, and around an inch from the terminal
to the case.  If the outputs of the two sides are dramatically
different, then you may have a carbon track starting in the potting
of the xformer.  If it's tar, a quick re-melting will fix that.
(well, it isn't really quick, but it does work).  If you're getting
nice hot fat arcs, you're all set! Have fun, and keep it safe!

-----Original Message-----
From: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Date: Saturday, June 03, 2000 11:38 PM
Subject: Re: NST testing

>Original Poster: "Christopher Boden" <chrisboden-at-hotmail-dot-com>
>>Original Poster: "Jeremiah" <jmeizis-at-metallicafan-dot-com>
>>I am soon to recieve my first 9Kv-at-60mA NST and i am not sure if
it works or
>>not and i was wondering if there is a way to test it.
>Yes, but you have to be carefull. See if you can get a arc from
each HV
>terminal to the case, and then to each other useing a short piece
of wire
>held with a drumstick (or other good insulator, don't touch the
wire or
>you'll end up testing it as a defribulator). Usually, if they are
bad they
>die on one side of the secondary. This can be fixed, but it's a
long messey
>A friend of mine
>>said that some NST's are not ballasted.  I thought that all NST's
had an
>>internal ballast am i right.
>To my knowledge (and I have a room temperature IQ) all NST's are
>with various sorts of internal shunts, though some are removeable.
But I'm
>SURE someone will point out some antique obscure NST from some
tiny company
>that proves this wrong, as a rule though, don't worry about it.
>Please email before 5:00 tonight.
>It's before 5PM on half the planet. Time is reletive :)
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