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Re: Hooking up caps

Original poster: "Sean Taylor by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <taylorss-at-rose-hulman.edu>

Not really moronic . . . but the caps that are used in TC tank circuits, and
for AC in general, have no "+" and "-".  Voltage is stored in them both ways
on alternating cycles.  During one half of the cycle, they will be charged
one way, during the other half, the opposite way.  You can hook them up
however is most convenient, as long as the case of the capacitor isn't one
of the terminals.  If this is true, then the case should be kept at ground
potential so that it isn't a hazard to anyone near it.

Sean Taylor
The Geek Group
G-3 #1204J
Because the geek shall inherit the Earth! (c)

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Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 7:24 PM
Subject: Hooking up caps

> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> Hi all,
> I was just doing some reading on hooking up two caps in parallel. One
> article referred to making sure you connected positive to positive and
> negative to negative.
> This may sound moronic but even my big dollar commercial cap has no
> markings of positive and negative. How would one determine this?
> Thanks,
> Jim
> http://www.jlproduction-dot-com/Tesla.html