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Re: primary tap construction

Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <FutureT-at-aol-dot-com>

In a message dated 5/11/01 10:46:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
tesla-at-pupman-dot-com writes:

> Original poster: "Bill Vanyo by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <
> vanyo-at-echoes-dot-net>


A clip can be made with a fuse clip, or two of them.  Or you can
bend some pieces of brass to make a clip, etc.  It does not have
to be super strong or heavy.  In many cases 1/4" copper tubing
is not really needed for a primary if the coil is small.  Again, if
the coil is small, you can use # 12 or #10 stranded wire for the
connections to the tank, etc.  For a larger coil, thicker wire should be
used, such as # 6 or #8.  


John Freau

>  I can't seem to figure out a way to build a good solid primary tap
>  connection that isn't so bulky as to nearly short the 1/4" gap between
>  turns.  How heavy does the tap need to be?  It seems silly (to my
>  limited intuition - this is my first coil) to have some skimpy clip
>  device on such a heavy coil (1/4" tubing).  Also, how heavy should the
>  wire that leads to the tap be?  If possible, would it be OK to just use
>  1/4" copper tubing for the whole circuit, i.e. primary to cap, cap to
>  spark gap, and spark gap to primary tap, all the same 1/4" tubing?
>   Thanks,
>   Bill