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Re: Beginner information
Original poster: "Shane Rusch" <str-at-itol-dot-com>
Why not black ABS? I've had success with it.
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Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: Beginner information
> Original poster: "Jim Lux" <jimlux-at-earthlink-dot-net>
> I'm sure you'll get lots of responses.
> OK.. you've got the basic safety lecture.
> You feel confident wiring tab A to slot B without burning down the house.
> The absolutely easiest way to get going is this:
> Neon Sign Transformer (any of the "non-electronic" kind will work) 9kV,
> 12kV or 15 kV types, 15-30 mA
> Salt Water, beer bottle, plastic bucket for the primary capacitor (google
> for "bucket cap", or someone will post the address)
> 3 pieces of copper pipe as a spark gap
> Bare house wire for a primary (cheap (free) as scrap. 1/4" copper tubing
> even better). Make it a flat spiral, use cardboard as supports for
> Secondary, about 700-1000 turns of magnet wire (24-28 AWG is probably a
> start) on a piece of 3" or 4" diameter form. Cardboard mailing tube works,
> so does PVC pipe. Don't use black ABS sewer pipe. Wind by hand, use
> tape every 50-100 turns to hold it when you stop. It will take a couple
> hours to wind it by hand. Spray it with clear acrylic spray when you're
> done to hold the turns in place.
> Top load made from expandable metal dryer duct and a metal pieplate.
> A hunk of chicken wire about 3 or 4 feet square as a RF counterpoise under
> the coil.
> Wiring diagrams are everywhere (I prefer the "gap across the transformer"
> wiring, because it keeps you from inadvertently killing the transformer
> Use one of the programs or excel spreadsheets to run the numbers once
> got your wire and secondary form.
> Once you've got all the parts gathered, it's a matter of a day to: wind
> secondary, make beer bottle cap, hook everything up, and make sparks.
> early in the morning, and you'll be making sparks by night time.
> Scrounging the parts takes the longest time, especially the neon sign
> transformer, unless you're going to just buy one new for $80.
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> Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2004 5:49 PM
> Subject: Beginner information
> > Original poster: Joel <Number6-at-gmail-dot-com>
> > My name is Joel, and I'm 16 years old. I've been interested in Tesla
> > coils for a number of years, and I've finally got up the nerve to
> > build one. The problem is I've never learn't much about the theory
> > behind them after all this time (although I am extremely aware of the
> > dangers). I would appreciate if someone could recommend some web pages
> > for me to read through that contain the necessary information. My
> > previous high voltage experience has only been with a tiny (<12000 V)
> > Van De Graaff generator that I built from plans on www.scitoys-dot-com
> > (still enough to fill my bedroom with ozone though). My goal is to
> > build a small coil powered from a wall wart or batteries capable of
> > producing fairly tiny (1 inch perhaps?) arcs. Is this a resonable
> > (read possible) goal?
> > Thanks
> > Joel