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RE: Garage door opener vs. Tesla coil
Original poster: "Dr. Spark" <azdrspark@xxxxxxx>
Yep, blown two garage door openers, wiped my Alarm system memory and blew
a stereo in the garage. Wife will not allow me to run coils in the garage
now, so out in the backyard @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDqPdNdE6L8 .
Working for Intel designing new chips (22 years now); the gates are
getting smaller and smaller. Great for speed and power reduction, however
the gate oxide is so thin it does not take much to punch a hole. Keep
Tesla coils total away from electronics to be safe and the wife happy!
Dr Spark @ http://www.drspark.org
From: Tesla list [mailto:tesla@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: Garage door opener vs. Tesla coil
Original poster: Yurtle Turtle <yurtle_t@xxxxxxxxx>
I did the same. Blew one of three or four boards. It
cost $85 to replace. As far as I know, there's not
much you can do. If you have a removable antenna
that'd be a good place to start, but your whole door
and frame are probably a giant antenna. I've turned on
my neighbor's flood lights at nearly 75 feet away, set
off battery powered alarm clocks around 25 feet away,
killed a computer PSU, and have seen wrenches on my
wooden bench arc to each other while my coil was
running ten feet away.
--- Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Original poster: otmaskin5@xxxxxxx
> I looks like my coil murdered my garage door opener.
> While running
> the coil in the garage, the garage door opened on
> it's own & then
> died. I now have to open & close the door manually.
> I was careful to
> position the coil far enough away so that no arcs
> could strike the
> opener or anything connected to it, and it still
> seems to have
> succumed to the coils effects somehow.
> My question is, other than unplugging the opener,
> are there any
> preventative measures I can take to protect the
> garage door
> motor/receiver? Or is there just no safe way to run
> the coil indoors?
> I imagine the repairs won't be cheap so I'd like to
> avoid a
> repeat. Thx for any advice. Dennis Hopkinton MA
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