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Re: [TCML] Need a NY based electrical expert.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel Kline"

I don't get you guys:
A person writes the list asking for the use of a Tesla-coil in their local area. For whatever reason, there's no coil in the area, or no one responds, or no one volunteers a coil, so the person asking for help cluelessly buys what's on the market.

Then, the person asks for someone to help put the thing together...
Hmmm...who would likely be the most knowledgeable person to get help from? An EE?? No way! Let's get someone with a Ph.D in 14th Century Florentine funerary urns!

The person's just asking for help. This is the same as a person asking, "Can I use aluminum wire to wind my secondary?" And everyone replying, "Aluminum bites!" or "Yeah, aluminum. Heh. Right". Yay, sarcasm. *Not* helpful.

At least an EE would know who to ask (maybe this list???) or where to do the research.

I'm a little embarrassed that someone (Zoe Couacaud, a non-tech woman, I presume) asked the list for help and got this attitude.

(What you're all saying is probably true, but this type of response would have me abandoning this resource, which would be bad, if I was in Zoe's situation)

Most of us here are hobbyists; we build and help people build TCs because it is our hobby, and our passion.

If the OP had come here looking to spend some time in getting to know Tesla Coils, I believe the response would have been a vastly different than the original, "I want to pay someone with a University Degree money to build this thing I bought for a TV show" post.

We have already seen a few hobbyists who felt that their good will and hard work was being taken advantage of by those with commercial interests, and it is understanding that there will be some sensitivity to this issue.

Anywho, that is just my $0.02.

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