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Re: Grounding my TC

Original poster: "David Rieben" <drieben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


With smallish Tesla coils, like less than 1 kVa, it's usually ok to
use the mains house ground for a ground. However, when you're
running higher power levels, it essential to run with a dedicated
RF ground that's seperate from the mains ground. Otherwise,
you WILL have feedback currents trying to get back into your
other home appliances. I've not sure that this is "kosher" but
"I" have personally common grounded the mains ground and
the RF ground together at the base of the the primary and se-
condary coils of a 10 kVA pole pig fed coil that I had in the
past and I didn't seem to have MANY problems runnig in
this fashion. I got consistant 8 to 10 ft. sparks running at
around 7 kVA input. Others may strongly disagree with
running in this fashion, though....

David Rieben

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Subject: Grounding my TC

Original poster: "Steven Steele" <sbsteele@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Instead of hooking my TC up to a grounding plate(whatever it's called), would it be a good idea to just run it directly to the ground plug in the wall? or would that cause every other apliance that I have plugged into the ground to strat arcing everywhere?
Steven Steele