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Re: AWG 8 Wire

Ted, all
    I've used that 8 AWG Monster cable stuff for my coil.(you know, the one 
that the Good Guy's tries to sell for like $1.50 a foot)...Of course on a 
budget, we can't all go blowing $1.50 a foot on small cable like 8 AWG.
    When i wanted cable, i was able to go to the local car audio installation 
places. (go to the ones in best buy). They always make people buy that 
installation kit that comes w/ a precut 25', 30', etc piece of monster cable. 
Cars rarely need all that length of cable so the store always has scrap 
pieces lying around. Going in a few times, i was able to pick up a few pieces 
3-5' long for free...

In a message dated 9/12/00 7:20:13 AM Pacific Daylight Time, tesla-at-pupman-dot-com 

<< Original poster: "Ted Rosenberg" <Ted.Rosenberg-at-radioshack-dot-com> 
 Hello everyone:
 First, this is NOT a commercial although it may sound like one.
 As many know, I routed the wire from one end of the spark gap to the first
 turn of the primary too close to the bottom of the secondary. The insulation
 on that wire melted and welding took place.
 The repairs were made last night and I expect things will be fine. Needless
 to say, the SG to primary wire will be routed differently.
 I needed more #8 wire.
 As a RadioShack Corp employee I noticed that the company now sells #8 cable.
 On Page 215 of the 2001 catalog (my advance copy) we list automotive 8-guage
 MegaCable. It comes in Red (Cat. No. 278-1351) and Black (Cat. No.
 278-1352). The retail is 99 cents per foot.
 Before everyone yells "That's too much money.." wait a minute.
 I thought so too. I had purchased my other #8 from a local RV supply store
 for 68 cents/foot. Thought it was fine.
 However, this RS cable is incredible! It is slick vinyl covered and a good
 thick vinyl too. the vinyl is printed with 1 foot measure marks for
 convenience. But the neat thing is that for a #8 cable, it is almost as
 flexible as a Slinky!. The strands are apparently sized, twisted, whatever,
 to allow maximum flexibility. It's similar to the new flex-GTO wire from
 France which is also good to work with.
 So for the short runs that most of us use in the coils, this Mega Cable from
 RadioShack is highly recommended by me...as a customer.
 Ted AKA
 Ted Rosenberg
 Geek Group Member #1030
 Because the Geek shall inherit the Earth! >>