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Re: [TCML] Building Protection
Well, you just removed the #1 safety measure from consideration.
I've run a 10kva pig-powered coil for a couple years now and I have
effectively destroyed the following items
garage door openers - 3
dishwasher (controller) - 2
in-wall oven (controller) - 1
surge protectors (which did their job protecting my home entertainment
system) - 2
I'm sure you've read the backlogs on TCML about running power mains RF
filters backward and the like. None of the options presented here
worked for me except this - do not let the arcs go near your house. Do
not let the arcs hit your house. And above all - do not run the coil
somewhere WITHIN your house. Though I can't imagine anyone with a pig
coil doing the latter, though someone must have tried.
I've not had difficulty with noise/spikes traveling backward into my
home mains through the house wiring as long as the coil was being run
20' or so from the house itself. I have tried running those RF
filters, and I have tried not running those RF filters. I have no
empirical data to suggest they are effective or ineffective.
One thing I am certain of, though. If the coil arcs to the dwelling
structure anywhere, you're asking for trouble. I've had my garage door
opener blown out when the coil arced to a second story window frame.
I've had my kitchen appliances destroyed when the coil arced to a wall
stud in the garage.
After I adopted a policy of never letting the arcs touch the home
itself, I never had another problem.
My RF ground, by the way, is to an 8' rod pounded into my wife's flower
garden in the front of the home.
On 7/11/2012 7:03 PM, Matt Siri wrote:
What does anyone else do to protect building circuits and appliances when running a pig powered TC? (and don't say unplug the appliances)
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