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[TCML] RE: Primary coil supports

Wood has been used by some, though one would probably want to be sure that it's very dry and well sealed before use.

It's certainly possible to enamel one's primary.  Yes, the freshly polished copper looks so nice initially and will always tarnish with age if left uncoated.  But that would make it impossible to change the tap position in the future, so that's typically not done.

Perf board is commonly used for MMC construction.  Just be sure that it's not the type with conductive etch rings at each hole.  Even if every hole is isolated, the presence of the etch circles reduces the insulating value.

Regards, Gary Lau

> -----Original Message-----
> From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of Stephen J. Hobley
> Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 10:28 AM
> To: Tesla Coil Mailing List
> Subject: [TCML] Primary coil supports
> Is wood a bad choice for primary coil supports?
> I see a lot of plastic being used, but I seem to be able to work more cleanly in
> wood...
> Also can I enamel the primary coil?
> Wood and shiny copper has a nice 'Edwardian' feel to it...
> Furthermore - when building an MMC - is perf board OK to mount the caps?
> Or is there something more suitable?
> Steve
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