Re: Water rheostat?
From: richard hull[SMTP:rhull-at-richmond.infi-dot-net]
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 1997 6:15 PM
To: Tesla List
Subject: Re: Water rheostat?
At 10:30 PM 9/4/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Sent: Thursday, September 04, 1997 7:49 PM
>Subject: Water rheostat?
>I'm advised to buy a variac to smooth out my switch-on transients. But
>why not an electrolyte rheostat which is $100 or so cheaper? I
>visualize a PVC pot of salt water containing basically two wires, one
>with a well-insulated handle. Such rheostats were used for various
>purposes in Tesla's day. Even a small volume of water could absorb
>the waste heat of a brief startup.
>Can anyone tell my why this wouldn't be a good alternative?
Our own Dave Sharpe has used this very method for years now and it works
great! Note use baking soda and not salt This way you'll breathe in CO2
instead of Cl gas. Dave bleached a few things in his lab and choked a
little before changing over.
Richard Hull, TCBOR