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Re: (probally really stupid) bug zapper

Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>

Hi Adam,

At 09:09 PM 5/24/2002 -0400, you wrote: 
>could you (in theory) take a woden rod with a nail on the tip, and hook it 
>up via wire to the top of your tesla coil and zap ants with it? 

I think there are better ways but....  Tuning may be a little tricky but
even a very missed tuned coil will have enough voltage to take out an ant
;-)  Tesla coils are known for being pretty good bug zappers ;-)  The UV
from the arcs tends to attract flying insects.  One a warm summer night,
they can really make a mess on the coil...  Big bugs can cause shorts and
the secondary that can damage the windings.  Bugs have a lot of water and
carbon in them that is bad for high voltage machines.

>Also, how 
>many turns (in general) would be considered excessive?

More than 30 turns on the primary and more than 2500 on the secondary would
be getting out of the "norm".