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Re: BIG DUMMY Accident

Hi David

I'm really glad you're alive. You are not making the same mistake I do on my
first years of coiling; connected the base of your secondary to the inner
turn of your primary  because you never could write this post !

Luc Benard;-))

Tesla list wrote:

> Original poster: Tesla729-at-cs-dot-com
> Hi all,
> I thought I would share a little mishap that occures to me yesteray
> while running my 10 kVA pole pig coil. I had been running it at near
> full power with screaming 8 to 10 ft. streamers filling up my little 12
> x 20 ft. shop and observing this from ~13 ft awy behind a grounded
> alum. screen shield. Then I had the bright idea to turn the variac down
> so the output was only 2 or 3 ft. (about as low as I can go and keep
> the SG firing reliably) so I could "safely" walk up closer and observe
> the RSG action at a closer glance. I then proceeded to do that and
> walked up to within about 5 ft. of the spark spouting coil. Then, I bent
> down to look at the firing SG and everything was hunky-dory for the
> first ~15 secs. or so. Then, all of the sudden, I was viciously attacked
> by a train of streamers on my right shoulder blade. The electricity ran
> down my legs and thru my feet out of my exposed toes to the concrete
> floor. It was quite painful and unpleasant but I was okay. Thankfully, the
> power was low, but boy did I feel like an idiot!!
> I decided to share this with the rest of you coilers to let you know just
> how dangerous our hobby can be when we get just a little complacent,
> and I'm preaching to myself more than anyone! Lethal voltages are dealt
> with on a regular basis with this hobby and if we're not careful, we tend
> to get complacent and complacency can kill you when dealing with high
> voltage. Have fun everyone, but lets KEEP IT SAFE!!!
> SAFER Coiling in Memphis,
> David Rieben