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Re: frequently asked questions. (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 00:21:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: William Beaty <billb@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: frequently asked questions. (fwd)

On Mon, 16 Jul 2007, Tesla list wrote:

> I'm sure there is something like this out there, written by one person
> or a few people, but wouldn't it be neat to have one from all our
> collective knowledge?  Just a thought.    Scott Bogard.

Excellent idea!  Years ago I recall searching for keywords "tesla coil
faq" and getting zero hits.  Today there's some hits, but no FAQ pages
found.  I have a VandeGraaff FAQ, and have always maintained a sort of FAQ
for TCs at http://amasci.com/tesla/tc.html

So let's...

1. Comb through the archives and write up a list of questions.
2. Decide which ones are actually asked by beginners  ...and are Frequent.


3. Spend lots of time on #1 and #2 above.  It's tempting to dive in and
   start giving answers, but the best FAQs have thoughtfully designed sets
   of questions.   Often the answers are simply links to well-done answers.

Here's a start:

Tesla Coil General FAQ

1. How do TCs work?
2. How dangerous are they?  (explaining to parents.)
3. What is the purpose of a TC?
4. Which are the best plans and tutorials for beginners?
5. I created 20" discharges, how many volts is that?
6. Where do I get:
     1a. coil wire
     1b. HV transformer
     1c. Topload
7. Is there any easy way to wind a secondary?
8. Which is better for a first coil: parallel or series tank?
9. Why isn't mine working? (The debug sequence.)
10. Which is the best HV filter?  (How do I built a MOT ballast?)
11. What's the best software for beginners?
12. Tunguska!  ( Gesunteit!)

Probably there should be a separate coil-builers FAQ.

Also see:


Tesla Coil FAQ:  teslasystems.com

Tesla Coil FAQ: Mike Hammer

Nikola Tesla FAQ: 21st Century Books

FAQ from Bob Krampf's Electricity Show

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