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RE: Talking about SW bucket caps...

Original poster: "Calvin Patrick by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <linhacktux-at-wycol-dot-com>

Again, about the geek group bucket cap...

I built one just the other day....  and for some reason I don't get
continuity from one side of the buckt to the other.  Is the salt water just
not a strong enought conductor?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tesla list [mailto:tesla-at-pupman-dot-com]
> Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 7:04 PM
> To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
> Subject: Re: Talking about SW bucket caps...
> Original poster: "Christopher Boden by way of Terry Fritz
> <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <chrisboden-at-hotmail-dot-com>
> >Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
> ><Dan_Gallagher%PULSARNOTES-at-pulsartech-dot-com>
> >
> >Hey folks,
> >Dan again, ...getting closer...
> You always will be, but with a coil, you never really finish it. There's
> always something to improve on or tinker with....that's the idea :)
> >
> >Question: Would it be any advantage in a SW bucket cap to have a
> 12" diam.
> >metal disk at the bottom under the bottles to connect one of the
> electrodes
> >to?
> No idea, give it a shot :)
> >
> >Also would it be advantagiouis to wrap the bottles in metal THEN
> place them
> >on the metal disk that covers the bottom of the bucket?
> Most likely not, the water IS the plate. And the water will have
> signifigantly better contact with the glass than the foil ever
> would (Unless
> you had the bottle electroplated/powder coated, painted with
> metallic paint,
> etc). Wrapping the bottle with metal never struck me as the way
> to go. The
> main reason to do it is as an alternitive to the water-bath system. The
> downside is that if the bottle breaks, you have a mess. With the bucket
> system, it's not a problem. And in time you WILL break a bottle.
> >
> >Currently the design states that one of the leads just hangs in
> the bucket.
> >It seems to me it would be a better capacitor if the lead instead of
> >hanging in the bucket, actually connected to the metal disk
> underneath all
> >the wrapped bottles.
> >
> >I'm sure Chris (our cap guru) will have something to say about this. I
> >don't mean to mess with a tried and true design, I'm just curious.
> The idea behind everything the Group does is that nothing is
> permanant, all
> designs can be improved on, feel free to tinker, plagerize and outright
> steal our ideas....where do you think WE got them?
> >
> >Thanks
> >Dan
> >Ft. Lauderdale
> Christopher "Duck" Boden Geek#1
> President / C.E.O. / Alpha Geek
> The Geek Group
> www.thegeekgroup-dot-org
> Because the Geek shall inherit the Earth!