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Re: [TCML] Primary Support Materials

I'll second that motion.  I've been using PVC pipe and zip ties for my primary supports since the 1990's.  I've never noticed any particular propensity for PVC to break down and carbon track--not any worse than any other plastic.  This is the quickest, cheapest way for the non-machinist to build a primary support.  If you require an appearance-grade coil, do something else.  The PVC pipe method isn't pretty.



--- On Mon, 8/23/10, David Rieben <drieben@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: David Rieben <drieben@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [TCML] Primary Support Materials
> To: "Tesla Coil Mailing List" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Monday, August 23, 2010, 8:09 AM
> Hi Brandon,
> I used a wooden base and simply cut to proper length
> 8 pieces of gray plastic (electrical grade) 2" PVC pipe
> and drilled a line of evenly spaced (appr. 1/2" spacing)
> holes down the length of each piece. Then I fastened
> each of the 8 PVC pipe lengths in an even radial pattern
> around the base of the secondary coil and proceeded
> to tie down the primary copper tubing to the PVC pri-
> mary supports via "zip-ties", using the pre-drilled holes
> to wrap the zip-ties around to secure the copper tubing
> to the surface of the PVC supports. Works like a champ
> with my 10 kVA pole pig driven, 8 ft. tall "Green Monster"
> Tesla coil in the very humid (and HOT in the summer!)
> conditions of Memphis:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3pfStBx2qY&feature=search
> Here's a close-up image of my primary coil arrangement
> to give a better idea of my above description:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/33464569@N05/3718223376/
> David Rieben


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