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Re: Hello from The Newbie

Original poster: "S&JY" <youngsters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


Surely you can scrounge a piece of PVC water pipe in your area.  Recommend
you start with a 4 inch diameter PVC pipe - low pressure (thinwall) type.
Your cardboard forms will prove to be flimsy and dissappointing in the long

Secondly, plan on winding about 1200 turns of 25 to 28 gauge solid enamel
coated wire, which you can get from your local electric motor rewinding
shop.  This will set the length of your form.  Get the wire, and wind turns
on a pencil and measure how many turns occupy one inch, then you can figure
how long your form needs to be, of course adding more length for the top and

This 4 inch form will work just fine for a tiny power supply, and will save
you building another coil when you are ready to increase power.  Eventually
you can get at least 3 foot streamers from it.  You can start out with a
rather largish toroid on top with a breakout point (e.g. a thumbtack
pointing outwards).  Later, with more power, you can remove the breakout

Enjoy, and please realize this hobby is rather addicting and will lead you
to many years of fun experimentation along with some cost to keep buying
more stuff.
--Steve Y.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tesla list" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2005 8:27 AM
Subject: Hello from The Newbie

> X-Spam-Processed: PEER02, Sun, 16 Jan 2005 10:30:53 -0500 > X-MDAV-Processed: PEER02, Sun, 16 Jan 2005 10:30:53 -0500 > X-SPAM-Msg-ID: Localq\md50013223327.msg > X-SPAM-Msg-Sniffer-License-ID: bjq6ie5k > X-SPAM-Msg-Sniffer-Result: 0 > X-MDaemon-Deliver-To: youngsters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > > Original poster: "Chris Watkins" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > > Hi all! > > Chris here, with my first post. Location: 35 miles west of Atlanta, GA. > I've been scouring websites, reading articles and posts about Tesla Coils, > for a few weeks now. The list kept popping up, so of course I subscribed :-) > > I've been in awe of Tesla coils since seeing a demo in school, too many > years ago... but I never considered actually building my own. After seeing > that it doesn't appear to be "rocket science", I've decided to "Just Do > It". > (With assistance from you who have "been there and done that", hopefully!) > > I haven't decided all specs... but my first will surely be a bit on the > small-ish side, > especially compared to some monster coils seen here and elsewhere on the > net. > I'm not greedy, yet! If it's capable of ~4-6" sparks, after tweaking and > tuning, > I'll declare success. Anything more is gravy. I'll set higher goals for my > next coil. > Maybe I'll venture more than $25, to build that next one. This one will be > junk. > > I'll be scrounging for most items, whenever practical. As a packrat, I > expect to find > enough "junk" laying around to come up with most of the ingredients for the > project. > If I happen to mention a thing you *know* does not work, by all means clue > me in! > If something is "not optimal, but may work", I'd appreciate that knowledge > as well. > > > OK... > For starters, I think I'll wind the secondary. I'm not expecting it to be > gorgeous > or perfect, but I'll do the best I can. Scrounging around, I'm not finding > much > in the way of coil forms. The first two possibilities are: A paper towel > tube, or > a Pringle's chip can. Using partial specs below, which one would you > choose... > if you were forced to wind a functional Tesla secondary using one or the > other? > > (Note: I'm not opposed to butting two items together if necessary. ie... on > first > thought, I'm guessing 2 Pringle's cans, 6:1 with ~1000 turns might work > well. > I'd rather use only one item, but will use two if it's felt that one just > won't work) > > > Pringle's Can (with aluminized liner & steel end cap removed) > 2 15/16" Diameter > 3:1 Aspect ratio > ~500 turns of 26 gauge wire > > Paper Towel Tube > 1 3/4" Diameter > 6.2:1 Aspect ratio > ~625 turns of 26 gauge wire > > > > I'm sure I'll have a couple dozen more questions before the year(week?) is > over :-) > Thanks in advance for any response. > > -- > Chris > > > >